Installing Play Framework 2.1 on Windows


The Play Framework is probably one of the few web frameworks that installs and works pretty well on Windows. I started web development with Django, but I had to learn Python and Django at the same time, and the documentation was not so good as they said it was. So I decided to leverage my Java experience and use Play. And since Play supports both Java and Scala I could refactor and move to Scala at any time.

Overview of Play Framework
Overview of Play Framework

On this guide I’ll just refer to these variables and not their absolute paths:

  • %JAVA_HOME%, where Java installer installs JDK, e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.7.0_25\bin
  • %PLAY_HOME%, where you extract the Play! Framework files, e.g. C:\Play\play-2.1.2

To install Play just follow these steps:

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