Install Semarchy xDM

This page provides a overview of the steps to install Semarchy xDM.

Installation process

Before installing, make sure to understand the Semarchy xDM architecture and carefully review the system requirements.

The Semarchy xDM installation process is as follows:

Download Semarchy xDM

Multiple versions of Semarchy xDM are available for download from the Semarchy website. You should preferably download the latest LTS release to get started. Make sure you understand the release versions and types to select the version that suits your needs.

Semarchy xDM ships as two different packages, available on the Semarchy website:

  • xDM - Server Installation (
    This package contains the Semarchy xDM passive and active Web Application Archive (WAR) files to deploy on an application server. Use this package to deploy Semarchy on an existing application server, for complex and clustered configurations.

  • xDM - Preconfigured with Apache Tomcat (
    This package contains Semarchy xDM with a bundled Apache Tomcat application server. Use this package for a trial or simple development setup. You may also want to use this package to avoid installing and configuring an application server.

Using the xDM - Preconfigured with Apache Tomcat package is recommended solely for evaluation purposes. For production environments, opt for the Server Installation package to have full control over its configuration.

Prepare the infrastructure

Install the following infrastructure components required by Semarchy xDM:

  • The Java virtual machine, which is required to run the application server.

  • The application server to deploy Semarchy xDM. The recommended application server is Apache Tomcat. You can skip this step when using the xDM - Preconfigured with Apache Tomcat package.

  • The database server, which is required to host the repository and data locations (PostgreSQL, Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server).

Make sure to review the system requirements to install supported versions of these components.
Installing Semarchy xDM in a cloud infrastructure does not differ from an on-premises installation. The Java machine and application server should be deployed in a virtual machine resource, and the database server should be one of the supported cloud database engines.

Configure the database schemas

Before installing Semarchy xDM, you must create the databases and schemas that will host the repository and data locations, as well as the credentials to access these storages.

You can create them manually or use your database administration interface for this purpose. For sample scripts to create these databases, schemas, and credentials, see Configure the database schemas.

Define the startup configuration

The startup configuration is required to start Semarchy xDM. It provides:

  • The connection information (i.e., repository datasource and repository read-only datasource) to connect the repository schema. This information is required to install and access the repository contents.

  • A setup token, which is required to perform the installation and seed the first user in the repository.

For instructions on how to define this configuration, see Startup configuration.

Deploy Semarchy xDM

Deploy the Semarchy xDM web application archive (WAR file) on an existing application server.
You can skip this step if using the xDM - Preconfigured with Apache Tomcat package.

For instructions on how to deploy Semarchy xDM on a supported application server, see Deploy Semarchy xDM.

Create the repository

Create a repository once Semarchy xDM is up and running.

Post-installation steps

After creating a repository, finalize the installation and perform the post-installation steps.