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Setting up Eclipse for plug-in development

This page is intended for people who want to develop their own plug-in (e.g., tab widget, slot widget, project plug-in, etc.) and who use Eclipse as their Java development environment. This is a step-by-step guide that shows the setup of the Eclipse environment using screen shots. We will use as an example the scenario in which a developer wants to create a tab widget that displays "Hello World!". These steps can be used for developing any plug-in type.


Before we start, make sure that you have the latest version of Protege 3.x and Eclipse installed.

  1. Download and install Eclipse from here.
  2. Download and install latest version of Protege 3.x from here. Let's say you have installed Protege in:

Setting up Eclipse

Step 1. Start Eclipse and create a Java Project

Go to File Menu -> New -> Project -> Select Java Project. Click Next. In the next panel choose a project name, say "HelloWorldTab". The screen should look like below:

Eclipse plugin new project.png

Click Finish. Congratulations! You have created an empty Java project. Your screen should look like:

Eclipse plugin empty project.png

Step 2. Configure the project build path

This step assumes that you have Protege 3.x installed on your computer. This example assumes that Protege was installed in /work/protege/Protege_3.4 (On Windows machines, the default installation directory would be something like C:\Program Files\Protege_3.4)

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