Protege Desktop 5.x Developer Documentation
This page is a top-level entry point for all developer documentation related to the Protege Desktop application, versions 5.0 and above.
Accessing the source code
Protege Desktop is open source and the code is freely available on GitHub. Use the following Git command to get a local copy:
git clone https://github.com/protegeproject/protege.git protege
The source code for many Protege Desktop plug-ins has also been made available on GitHub under the Protege Project organization.
Building from source
The instructions for building from source are available on GitHub.
Building with Eclipse and other IDEs
We would welcome contributions from the community for setting up development environments other than Eclipse.
Protege Core APIs
The Protege API gives access to the ontology model and offers various utilities.
The Protege core and the OWL editor kit both provide a large number of reuseable UI components and utilities for generating user interfaces for ontologies.
Developing a plugin
For people embedding Protege services inside a non-OSGi based applications, here is a short example showing how this can work.