stanford-nlp Getting started with stanford-nlp Basic Setup from Official Release


This example goes over how to set up CoreNLP from the latest official release. This example will take you through downloading the package, and running a simple command-line invocation of CoreNLP.


  • Java JVM 8. The command java -version should complete successfully with a line like: java version "1.8.0_92".
  • Zip tool
  • For the example: Bash or similar shell, and wget


  1. Download the CoreNLP zip file at:

  2. Unzip the release:

  3. Enter the newly unzipped directory:

    cd stanford-corenlp-full-2015-12-09
  4. Set up your classpath. If you're using an IDE, you should set the classpath in your IDE.

    for file in `find . -name "*.jar"`; do export CLASSPATH="$CLASSPATH:`realpath $file`"; done

    If you'll be using CoreNLP frequently, this is a useful line to have in your ~/.bashrc (or equivalent) file, replacing the directory /path/to/corenlp/ with the appropriate path to where you unzipped CoreNLP:

    for file in `find /path/to/corenlp/ -name "*.jar"`; do export CLASSPATH="$CLASSPATH:`realpath $file`"; done
  5. Try it out! For example, the following will make a simple text file to annotate, and run CoreNLP over this file. The output will be saved to input.txt.out as a JSON file. Note that CoreNLP requires quite a bit of memory. You should give it at least 2GB (-mx2g) in most cases.

    echo "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" > input.txt
    java -mx2g edu.stanford.nlp.pipeline.StanfordCoreNLP -outputFormat json -file input.txt