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Common SpringSource components used to integrate tooling with Eclipse, like the SpringSource Dashboard, Eclipse Spring UAA, common framework components and workspace configurators
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Eclipse Integration Common Components

The Eclipse Integration Common Components are a set of plugins and features that are used and consumed by other Eclipse tooling projects at SpringSource. It contains the commonly used parts and provides two individually installable features:

Spring UAA (User Agent Analysis): The Eclipse integration for the Spring UAA project that helps us to collect some usage data. This is completely anonymous and helps us to understand better how the tooling is used and how to improve it in the future.

The SpringSource Dashboard feature brings you up-to-date information about SpringSource-related projects as well as an easy-to-use extension install to get additional tooling add-ons, like the famous Spring IDE or the Cloud Foundry Integration for Eclipse.

Both components are usually optional features of the other end-used-oriented tooling projects.


Usually you don't need to install these components directly from this project yourself. They come as part of Spring IDE, the tc Server integration, the Grails IDE, or the Cloud Foundry Integration for Eclipse.

However, if you want to install those features yourself, you could use the following update sites manually:

For Eclipse 4.x and 3.8:

- CI builds: 
- Milestone builds:
- Release builds:

For Eclipse 3.7:

- CI builds: 
- Milestone builds:
- Release builds:

Questions and bug reports:

If you have a question that Google can't answer, the best way is to go to the forum:

There you can also ask questions and search for other people with related or similar problems (and solutions). New versions are announced there as well, usually as part of the releases of the consuming projects.

With regards to bug reports, please go to:

Developing Eclipse Integration Common Components

Just clone the repo and import the projects into an Eclipse workspace. The easiest way to ensure that your target platform contains all the necessary dependencies, install a CI build into your target platform and proceed.

JavaFx Setup

As of 3.5.0.M2 commons contains some code that leverages JavaFX to implement the dashboard and other managed html views. To build these inside Eclipse, you'll need to have the e(fx)clipse tooling installed.

  1. Add e(fx)clipse Update site to 'Available Update Sites':
  2. Add Xtext update site to 'Available Update Sites' :
  3. From the efx Update Site Install the "e(fx)clipse - IDE - Kepler" (or equivalent) feature.

    If experiencing difficulty installing efx with above update sites. Try using efx release compatible with your version of Eclipse instead of efx nightly sites. E.g. for Eclipse 4.3 (Kepler) use these sites:


If installed properly, you should see a "jfxrt.jar" under org.springsource.ide.eclipse.commons.gettingstarted "Plugin Dependencies" and compile errors this plugin should disapear.

  1. Add the following vm arguments to your Eclipse Runtime(s). (This is only necessary for self-hosted execution. You should not need to modify your config.ini file.)


Test dependencies

If you are not interested in building/running JUnit tests in your development environment then you can skip this step and just close/ignore any plugins that have errors in them.

If you want to build and run tests inside of Eclipse then you'll need to add a few more things to your target platform:

  • TODO: fill this in

Building Eclipse Integration Common Components

The Eclipse Integration Common Components project uses Maven Tycho to do continuous integration builds and to produce p2 repos and update sites. To build the project yourself, you can execute:

mvn -Pe44 -Dmaven.test.skip=true clean install


mvn -Pe37 -Dmaven.test.skip=true clean install


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