Install Saros


  • Saros requires Java SE 8 or higher
  • Saros is developed and tested using Eclipse 4.8, but it should work on any newer version without problems.
  • Saros ought to run on all platforms that can execute Eclipse cleanly. 
  • If you want to try Saros, you may use our public XMPP/Jabber server However, if you want to use Saros for commercial purposes, we recommend setting up your own XMPP server for maximum control over all exchanged data.

Installation Steps

Via Eclipse Marketplace

You can install Saros from the Eclipse Marketplace website or from within Eclipse:

  1. Open Eclipse
  2. Open the marketplace: Menu > Help > Eclipse Marketplace…
  3. Search for “Saros”
  4. Click on the “Install” button

Via Update Site

The Eclipse plugin update site is:

  1. Open Eclipse
  2. Open the software updates manager: Menu > Help > Install New Software…
  3. In the Available Software wizard select Add
  4. Enter in the Location field; press OK
  5. Choose the plugin in the list of available software and select it
  6. In the next window select Next to confirm installation
  7. Accept the license agreement and select Finish
  8. Restart Eclipse

As Dropin

  1. Download the latest saros-dropin-*.zip from GitHub.
  2. Uncompress the archives into the dropins folder of your Eclipse installation.
  3. Restart Eclipse.

Good to Know

  • Please note that Saros requires higher bandwidth and lower latency than normal chatting, so public chat servers might be too slow for smooth operation of Saros.

This is still an alpha release of Saros/I, so expect it to be a bit rough around the edges. Before using the plugin for the first time, please have a look at the page Getting Started with Saros/I and read the disclaimer and the current restrictions of the plugin.


Saros/I requires

  • JDK 8 or newer
  • IntelliJ 2018.2.7 or newer

Saros/I can be installed from the JetBrains plugin repository or from disk.

Installation Steps

From the Plugin Repository

Saros/I is currently released through the alpha release channel. To be able find the plugin on the market place, you will first have to add the alpha release channel to your list of plugin repositories. A guide on how to do this is given here.

  • Open the IntelliJ settings/preferences menu.
  • Select the “Plugins” section.
  • Select the tab “Marketplace”.
  • Search for “Saros” in the search bar and select the entry from the list.
  • Click the “Install” button.
  • Close the settings menu.
  • Restart IntelliJ.

From Disk

The zip file containing the plugin can be downloaded from our release page.

  • Open the IntelliJ settings/preferences menu.
  • Select the “Plugins” section.
  • Click the settings icon (gear/cog) and choose “Install plugin from disk…”.
  • Navigate to the directory containing the plugin zip.
  • Select the zip file.
  • Click OK.
  • Restart IntelliJ.