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Monday, November 5, 2012

Installing Open source Spatial ETL tool - GeoKettle 2.0

In this post, we will install an open source spatial ETL tool called GeoKettle. GeoKettle is a spatially enabled version of the open-source ETL platform called Kettle.

For downloading GeoKettle, navigate to

You will see a link to download the latest version of GeoKettle from the sourceforge site.

Click on the link to access the download jar file.

Save the installer jar to the local filesystem such that you can access it later. On my machine, I saved it at /home/arthgallo/Work/Servers/GeoKettle.

Now open a Linux terminal window, and navigate to the folder where the jar file was downloaded.

On my machine, it is as follows:

> cd Work/Servers/GeoKettle

I am assuming that java is already installed on your machines. Next make the jar file executable, by entering the following command

> chmod +x *.jar

Lets see if the file looks like an executable. On Ubuntu, it should be coloured green as shown below.

Now, we simply need to execute the file, by entering the following.

> ./geokettle-2.0-installer.jar

The installer launches a java application window. First step is to select the language, and click OK.

Next, the installer shows a Welcome message. Simply click Next to proceed.

Next, the installer prompts to accept the GNU LGPL License. Review the license conditions, accept if you agree and click Next to proceed.

GeoKettle follows the GNU LGPL license.

Next you will be prompted for the installation path.

I selected the default location. The installer prompted me that the folder will be created. Click OK to accept.

Next, the installer displays the options to be installed. I added the Plugins option to be installed as well.

The installer continues and it displays the progress bar during the process.

Next, the installer prompts if you would like to add a shortcut for the current user or for all users. I opted to add the shortcut link for just the current user, as shown below.

Finally, the installer shows a message saying that the installation has completed and the location of the uninstaller script.

If you minimize all the windows on your desktop, you should see a shortcut link as shown below.

That's it...