Run MXNet Java Examples Using the IntelliJ IDE (macOS)

This tutorial guides you through setting up a simple Java project in IntelliJ IDE on macOS and demonstrates usage of the MXNet Java APIs.


To use this tutorial you need the following pre-requisites:

MacOS Prerequisites

Run the following commands to install the prerequisites on MacOS.

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
brew update
brew tap caskroom/versions
brew cask install java8
brew install maven
brew install opencv

Ubuntu Prerequisites

Run the following commands to install the prerequisites on Ubuntu.

sudo ./
sudo ./

Note : You might need to run chmod u+x and chmod u+x ubuntu_scala before running the scripts.

The installs the common dependencies required for both MXNet Scala and MXNet Java packages.

Set Up Your Project

Step 1. Install and setup IntelliJ IDEA

Step 2. Create a new Project:

intellij welcome

From the IntelliJ welcome screen, select “Create New Project”.

Choose the Maven project type.

Select the checkbox for Create from archetype, then choose org.apache.maven.archetypes:maven-archetype-quickstart from the list below. More on this can be found on a Maven tutorial : Maven in 5 Minutes.

maven project type - archetype

click Next.

project metadata

Set the project’s metadata. For this tutorial, use the following:







project properties

Review the project’s properties. The settings can be left as their default.

project location

Set the project’s location. The rest of the settings can be left as their default.

project 1

After clicking Finish, you will be presented with the project’s first view. The project’s pom.xml will be open for editing.

Step 3. The Java packages are currently available as nightly builds on Maven. Add the following Maven repository to your pom.xml to fetch the Java packages :

      <id>Apache Snapshotid>

Also, add this under the dependencies tag :


The official Java Packages will be released with the release of MXNet 1.4 and will be available on MXNet Maven package repository.

Note :

  • Change the osx-x86_64 to linux-x86_64 if your platform is linux.
  • Change cpu into gpu if you have a gpu backed machine and want to use gpu.

Step 4. Import dependencies with Maven:

  • Note the prompt in the lower right corner that states “Maven projects need to be imported”. If this is not visible, click on the little greed balloon that appears in the lower right corner.


Click “Import Changes” in this prompt.

Step 5. Build the project:

  • To build the project, from the menu choose Build, and then choose Build Project.

Step 6. Navigate to the class in the project and paste the code in main method from from Java Demo project on MXNet repository, overwriting the original hello world code. You can also grab the entire Java Demo project and run it by following the instructions on the README.

Step 7. Now run the

The result should be something similar to this:

Hello World!
Process finished with exit code 0


If you get an error, check the dependencies at the beginning of this tutorial. For example, you might see the following in the middle of the error messages, where x.x would the version it’s looking for.

Library not loaded: /usr/local/opt/opencv/lib/libopencv_calib3d.x.x.dylib

This can be resolved be installing OpenCV.

Command Line Build Option

  • You can also compile the project by using the following command at the command line. Change directories to this project’s root folder then run the following:
mvn clean install dependency:copy-dependencies

If the command succeeds, you should see a lot of info and some warning messages, followed by:

[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 3.475 s
[INFO] Finished at: 2018-11-08T05:06:31-08:00
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------

The build generates a new jar file in the target folder called javaMXNet-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar.

To run the use the following command from the project’s root folder and you should see the same output as we got when the project was run from IntelliJ.

java -cp "target/javaMXNet-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar:target/dependency/*" mxnet.App

Next Steps

For more information about MXNet Java resources, see the following: