This topic explains how to install VMware GemFire from a compressed TAR file on Windows, Unix, and Linux.

Use the compressed TAR file distribution to install and configure VMware GemFire on every physical and virtual machine where you will run VMware GemFire.


Before you install GemFire, you must complete the following prerequisites:

  • Confirm that your system meets the hardware and software requirements described in Supported Configurations and System Requirements.
  • From the VMware GemFire product page on the VMware Tanzu Network, select the version of GemFire to download, then click the box marked VMware GemFire to download the compressed TAR distribution of GemFire.
  • Know how to configure environment variables for your system. If you have not done so already, set the JAVA_HOME environment variable to point to a Java runtime installation supported by GemFire. (You should find a bin directory under JAVA_HOME.)


Use the following procedure to install VMware GemFire:

  1. Navigate to the directory where you downloaded the GemFire software, and expand the compressed TAR file after creating the path_to_product directory.

    $ tar -xzvf vmware-gemfire-N.N.N.tgz -C path_to_product

    path_to_product corresponds to the location where you want to install GemFire, and N.N.N is the version number.

  2. Configure the JAVA_HOME environment variable.

    If you will be using the gfsh command-line utility then you must set JAVA_HOME to a JDK installation. For example:

    • UNIX and Linux (Bourne and Korn shells - sh, ksh, bash)

      export JAVA_HOME
    • Windows

      set JAVA_HOME="C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_361"
  3. This step only applies to environments where you are running GemFire processes or GemFire client applications outside of gfsh. The gfsh script sets these environment variables for you. If you are running GemFire processes or applications outside of gfsh, then configure the following environment variables for GemFire.

    • Set the GEMFIRE_HOME environment variable to point to your GemFire installation top-level directory. (You should see bin, lib, dtd, and other directories under GEMFIRE_HOME.) The following variables definitions are examples; your installation path will vary, depending on where you install GemFire and the version (N.N.N) you are installing.

      • UNIX and Linux (Bourne and Korn shells - sh, ksh, bash)

        export GEMFIRE_HOME
      • Windows

        set GEMFIRE_HOME=C:\vmware\gemfire\vmware-gemfire-N.N.N
    • Configure your GF_JAVA environment variables as shown in these examples. GF_JAVA must point to the java executable file under your JAVA_HOME. (If you have not done so already, you should also set your JAVA_HOME variable to a supported Java installation.)

      • UNIX and Linux (Bourne and Korn shells - sh, ksh, bash)

        export GF_JAVA
      • Windows

        set GF_JAVA=%JAVA_HOME%\bin\java.exe
  4. Add GemFire scripts to your the PATH environment variable. For example:

    • UNIX and Linux (Bourne and Korn shells - sh, ksh, bash)

      export PATH
    • Windows

      set PATH=%PATH%;%JAVA_HOME%\bin;%GEMFIRE_HOME%\bin
  5. Type gfsh version at the command line and verify that the output lists the version of VMware GemFire that you wish to install. For example:

    $ gfsh version

    If you want more detailed version information such as the date of the build, build number and JDK version being used, type gfsh version --full.

  6. Repeat this procedure for every virtual or physical machine on which you will run VMware GemFire.

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