Heron can currently be built on the following Linux platforms:

Building on Ubuntu 14.04

To build Heron on a fresh Ubuntu 14.04 installation:

Step 1 — Update Ubuntu

$ sudo apt-get update -y
$ sudo apt-get upgrade -y

Step 2 — Install required libraries

$ sudo apt-get install git build-essential automake cmake libtool-bin zip \
  libunwind-setjmp0-dev zlib1g-dev unzip pkg-config python-setuptools -y

Step 3 — Set the following environment variables

export CC=/usr/bin/gcc-4.8
export CCX=/usr/bin/g++-4.8

Step 4 — Install JDK 8 and set JAVA_HOME

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
$ sudo apt-get update -y
$ sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer -y
$ export JAVA_HOME="/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-oracle"

Step 5 - Install Bazel 0.3.1

wget -O /tmp/bazel.sh https://github.com/bazelbuild/bazel/releases/download/0.3.1/bazel-0.3.1-installer-linux-x86_64.sh
chmod +x /tmp/bazel.sh
/tmp/bazel.sh --user

Make sure to download the appropriate version of Bazel (currently 0.3.1).

Step 6 — Install python development tools

$ sudo apt-get install  python-dev python-pip

Step 7 — Make sure the Bazel executable is in your PATH

$ export PATH="$PATH:$HOME/bin"

Step 8 — Fetch the latest version of Heron’s source code

$ git clone https://github.com/twitter/heron.git && cd heron

Step 9 — Configure Heron for building with Bazel

$ ./bazel_configure.py

Step 10 — Build the project

$ bazel build --config=ubuntu heron/...  

Step 11 — Build the packages

$ bazel build --config=ubuntu scripts/packages:binpkgs  
$ bazel build --config=ubuntu scripts/packages:tarpkgs

This will install Heron packages in the bazel-bin/scripts/packages/ directory.

Manually Installing Libraries

If you encounter errors with libunwind, libtool, or gperftools, we recommend installing them manually.

Compling and installing libtool

$ wget http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/libtool/libtool-2.4.6.tar.gz
$ tar -xvf libtool-2.4.6.tar.gz
$ cd libtool-2.4.6
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

Compiling and installing libunwind

$ wget http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/libunwind/libunwind-1.1.tar.gz
$ tar -xvf libunwind-1.1.tar.gz
$ cd libunwind-1.1
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

Compiling and installing gperftools

$ wget https://github.com/gperftools/gperftools/releases/download/gperftools-2.5/gperftools-2.5.tar.gz
$ tar -xvf gperftools-2.5.tar.gz
$ cd gperftools-2.5
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

Building on CentOS 7

To build Heron on a fresh CentOS 7 installation:

Step 1 — Install the required dependencies

$ sudo yum install gcc gcc-c++ kernel-devel wget unzip zlib-devel zip git automake cmake patch libtool -y

Step 2 — Install libunwind from source

$ wget http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/libunwind/libunwind-1.1.tar.gz
$ tar xvf libunwind-1.1.tar.gz
$ cd libunwind-1.1
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

Step 3 — Set the following environment variables

$ export CC=/usr/bin/gcc
$ export CCX=/usr/bin/g++

Step 4 — Install JDK 8

$ cd /opt/
$ sudo wget --no-cookies --no-check-certificate \
  --header "Cookie: gpw_e24=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oracle.com%2F; oraclelicense=accept-securebackup-cookie" \
  "http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/8u91-b14/jdk-8u91-linux-x64.tar.gz"
$ sudo tar xzf jdk-8u91-linux-x64.tar.gz

Use alternatives to configure the Java version:

$ sudo cd /opt/jdk1.8.0_91/
$ sudo alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /opt/jdk1.8.0_91/bin/java 2
$ sudo alternatives --config java

Set the javac and jar commands:

$ sudo alternatives --install /usr/bin/jar jar /opt/jdk1.8.0_91/bin/jar 2
$ sudo alternatives --install /usr/bin/javac javac /opt/jdk1.8.0_91/bin/javac 2
$ sudo alternatives --set jar /opt/jdk1.8.0_91/bin/jar
$ sudo alternatives --set javac /opt/jdk1.8.0_91/bin/javac

Export Java-related environment variables:

export JAVA_HOME=/opt/jdk1.8.0_91
export JRE_HOME=/opt/jdk1.8.0_91/jre
export PATH=$PATH:/opt/jdk1.8.0_91/bin:/opt/jdk1.8.0_91/jre/bin

Step 5 - Install Bazel 0.3.1

wget -O /tmp/bazel.sh https://github.com/bazelbuild/bazel/releases/download/0.3.1/bazel-0.3.1-installer-linux-x86_64.sh
chmod +x /tmp/bazel.sh
/tmp/bazel.sh --user

Make sure to download the appropriate version of Bazel (currently 0.3.1).

Step 6 — Download Heron and compile it

$ git clone https://github.com/twitter/heron.git && cd heron
$ ./bazel_configure.py
$ bazel build --config=centos heron/...

Step 7 — Build the binary packages

$ bazel build --config=centos scripts/packages:binpkgs
$ bazel build --config=centos scripts/packages:tarpkgs

This will install Heron packages in the bazel-bin/scripts/packages/ directory.