Glide can be installed in various ways. At it's heart it is a simple Java based command line application and a Gradle Plugin. To make glide command available, the path to bin directory of glide installation should be in your PATH environment variable.

Mac OS X, Linux or any other *Nix (including Cygwin)

If you use an OS that flaunts a decent Terminal app with bash or zsh you can choose one of the following three methods:

  • Using SDKMAN!

    If you have sdk installed, you are just this command away from glide:

    $ sdk install glide
  • Manually

    1. Download the zip and extract it lets say in ~

    2. Add ~/glide-0.9.2/bin to the PATH variable using $ export PATH=$PATH:~/glide/install/bin

    *exports should go in .bash_profile or .bashrc or .zshrc whichever is applicable in your case.


It's fairly straight forward to get glide running on Windows

  1. Download the zip and extract it lets say in C:\

  2. Add the path to the bin to this directory to PATH environment variable e.g. C:\glide-0.3.3\bin (make sure the path is valid)

Verifying the Installation

Open a new Teminal (Command prompt) and verify installation using glide -v. If you see glide version, we are done.

Congratulations, you have installed glide

The first run of glide application usually takes long time because it downloads latest Google App Egnine SDK and other dependencies so please grab a coffee and relax. Next run onwards, glide would start almost immediately.

Installing from sources

Trust us, it is not at all that messy as one might think. In fact we recommend you use the source based mechanism to install glide.

Installer script

The best and easiest way to install glide from source is through the installer script:

curl | sh

This script should work on Mac OS X, Linux, and other *NIX Operating Systems. For Windows, either use this script from Cygwin / Git Bash or follow the windows specific steps documented below.

Copy and paste this into Terminal and update PATH environment variables with the path shown at the end of the script's output.

You just need to have java and git on your machine (verify using java -version and git --version).


If you want to do it all manually, it's still simple.

  • Mac OS X / Linux

    Let's say we use dir ~/ to carry out installation

    1. clone the git repo : $ git clone

    2. cd into the directory and install Glide using: $ cd glide and $ ./gradlew installDist

    3. follow the on screen instructions to export PATH

    4. open a new teminal or source profile again. $ glide -h

    *exports should go in .bash_profile or .bashrc or .zshrc whichever is applicable in your case.

  • Windows (with/without git)

    let's say we use folder C:\ to carry out installation

    1. Open Command Prompt and clone the git repo c:\> git clone

      This should create a folder called glide

      If you don't have git installed, download glide's zip and unzip it.

    2. cd into cloned directory C:\> cd glide and install Glide using C:\glide\> gradlew.bat installDist

    3. set the PATH environment variable according to on-screen instructins

    4. Open a new Command Propmt and try $ glide -h


I already have App Engine SDK installed, can glide use that?

Sure, that's great. Just make sure you set the APPENGINE_HOME environment variable to point to the installation