Setting Up ODK Briefcase


The ODK Briefcase file available for download is an executable Java application. Once downloaded, it can be run directly and does not need to be "installed."

Before you begin…

Make sure Java 8 or higher is installed on your system.

  1. Download ODK Briefcase.

    You may wish to move the Briefcase file to your desktop, your Applications directory, or another location.

  2. Open the file.

    • Double click the file icon.

    • Or, from the command line:

      $ java -jar {path/to/Briefcase}
  3. Set the location for Briefcase Storage.

    The first time you open Briefcase, you will need to select a directory for storing forms and submission data. A new directory called ODK Briefcase Storage will be created under the directory you select.


    You can change the storage location later, from the Settings tab.