Floodlight installation guide

Hasan Alsulaiman
2 min readDec 20, 2021

a more up-to-date guide on installing the famous SDN controller

Why Floodlight?!

There are many SDN controllers out there, but some of the reasons why you will want to use Floodlight is that it is open-source and it also has nice startup tutorials.

Why not follow the official guide?!

I tried following it and I found that it is somewhat outdated, for example, it recommends using Ant to build the project despite Ant support having been deprecated by the project.

The Guide


We will use Maven, so install it by running this command:

sudo apt install maven

Floodlight needs JDK-8 to run, on Linux you can type:

mvn -version

in the terminal to check if you have the right version, if you do, you should see an output like the following:

Apache Maven 3.6.3
Maven home: /usr/share/maven
Java version: 1.8.0_292, vendor: Private Build, runtime: /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/jre
Default locale: en_US, platform encoding: ISO-8859-1
OS name: "linux", version: "5.4.0-42-generic", arch: "amd64", family: "unix"

if you don’t have JDK-8, you can install it using:

sudo apt install openjdk-8-jdk-headless

install other dependencies using:

sudo apt-get install build-essential ant python-dev

Build the project

after downloading the dependencies, go ahead and clone Floodlight and cd into it:

git clone git://github.com/floodlight/floodlight.gitcd floodlightgit submodule initgit submodule update

we use maven to first compile the project and then package it as follows, change directory to floodlight and:

mvn compile
mvn package

make sure that you change the permissions of the floodlight directory to allow writing.

You should now have a .jar file inside the “Target” directory, you can run it by:

java -jar target/floodlight.jar

This will run an instance of Floodlight, but you will probably want to do some development on the code, so, to get a project that you can open in your IDE, cd into the Floodlight directory and run

ant eclipse

this will generate a Java project that you can open in Eclipse or IntelliJ, I personally could not get it to work in eclipse but it worked in IntelliJ.

Final note

I wrote this during some very busy time and it may be missing some steps 🤷🏻‍♂️