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Papyrus/Papyrus Developer Guide/How To- Code Contributing

All papyrus contributors shall follow these rules:

Write a Bugzilla task

When adding a task to the buzilla, the following grammar should be used:

  • '[' Category ']' NameOfTheTask

The category helps to filter the bugs for developers. There are already some existing categories: General, XXX Diagram, Common, Property View, etc.

As a reminder, the lifecycle of bugs is located here: Bugzilla Use

  • Your contribution shall be associated to a bug refenced in the bugzilla.
  • When a bug is opened/resolved/closed the Target Milestone must be filled. For example the bug has been fixed for the service release 3 of oxygen, the target milestone is 3.3.

Write the code

Papyrus Plugin Structure

  • All plug-ins must compile and run against JavaSE-1.8. Papyrus 5.0 must compile against openjdk-11.
  • Plug-in provider : Eclipse Modeling Project
  • Version :
  • Plug-in name : must end with (Incubation) if version is less than 1.0.0 . If the version is at least 1.0.0, the (Incubation) suffix must be removed.
  • Plug-in ID : must start with org.eclipse.papyrus.
  • Plug-in dependencies must not be re-exported.
  • plug-in dependencies must be defined with min and max version values, e.g. depends on oep.infra.core;bundle-version="[1.2.0,2.0.0)" instead of oep.infra.core or oep.infra.core;bundle-version="1.2.0")
    • The Papyrus Developer Tools has an action Update Dependency Ranges in the Plug-in Tools context menu of plug-in projects and manifest files that automatically assigns bundle dependency ranges compatible with the current PDE target and workspace
  • The file describes the files that must be included at runtime. It is important to fill it properly, so that plug-ins can work correctly once installed. Especially, you should probably always include the following files and folders (When they exist), in the "Binary build" (field bin.includes in category:
    • META-INF/
    • about.html
    • icons/, images/, resources/, models/, etc. (All folders containing runtime resources)
    • plugin.xml
    • schema/
  • Do not include the following files:
    • .classpath
    • .project
    • bin/, src/, src-gen/, custom-src/
  • The Source build (field src.includes in category must contain the about.html file:
  • It must not contain the following:
    • src/, src-gen/, custom-src/
    • All files and directories are already contained in the "Binary build" category (Except the about.html which must be contained in both Binary and Source builds)


Papyrus Feature Structure

  • Papyrus feature id scheme: org.eclipse.papyrus.<>.feature
    • e.g. org.eclipse.papyrus.infra.core.feature
  • Papyrus feature Label scheme: Papyrus <Feature Name>
    • e.g. Papyrus core

If your feature is still in the incubation state you should add the following to your label: (Incubation)

  • Each feature must contain the Eclipse licence reference:
  <description url="">


  <license url="%licenseURL">
  • The file must contain the following files in the "Binary build" section:
    • which must contains:
      • featureName
      • providerName
      • description
      • copyright
    • feature.xml
  • The feature must only includes the repository's Papyrus plugins. If you need to make it depends on external plugins or features, be they from another Papyrus repository or any other repository, they should be added through the require of import mechanism. Refrain from using the include method as much as possible.

Code Formatting

Before writing any code you should check that you have the papyrus templates set as your format in your IDE. These can be retrieved following these steps.

These could also be retreived and applied from the .settings folder of each plugins. (An example can be found here)

Code Rules

Before committing, you should verify these items :

  • copyright each file has an header with the EPL licence and your name
  • Headers: The headers must include a new entry for each contribution. It will include the bug number, the committer identification (the name is not mandatory, but the company is), updated date brackets (e.g. 2015-2018), respect the format below.

In addition they must respect the EPL2.0 licensing and, in case of a plugin, include the about.html with the EPL2.0 license summary.

* Copyright (c) 2015, 2018 CEA LIST, Committer Name, and others.
* All rights reserved. This program and the accompanying materials
* are made available under the terms of the Eclipse Public License 2.0
* which accompanies this distribution, and is available at
* SPDX-License-Identifier: EPL-2.0
* Contributors:
* CEA LIST - Initial API and implementation
* Committer Name (CEA LIST) - Bug 492522, Bug XXXXXX
# Copyright (c) 2013, 2018 CEA LIST, Committer Name, and others.
# All rights reserved. This program and the accompanying materials
# are made available under the terms of the Eclipse Public License 2.0
# which accompanies this distribution, and is available at
# SPDX-License-Identifier: EPL-2.0
# Contributors:
  • default keyword in Interfaces: should be avoided and only used if unavoidable and justified (to prevent unnecessary API break for example)
  • var keyword is forbidden
  • lambda expressions are allowed, but must be commented to ease the understanding
  • externalized strings or tagged with //$NON-NLS-1$. The goal of the externalization process is to distinguish the string used as messages and visible by the final user and the string required in your code, but not visible for the user. Follow this link for a guide on externalization in Eclipse.
  • Visibility ordering: There is no order of methods or variables in a class (private, public or protected). On the other hand, there is an order when dealing with keywords (private static final Type).
  • Naming: No abbreviations - the class, methods and variables should have meaningful names.
  • Attributes: All attributes, field must be at beginning of the class
  • Returns and conditions: You can have as many 'return' statement you need in a method.
  • Javadoc: It should exist for all methods (sometimes a simple @Inherited is enough). Automatic generation of JavaDoc comments may help, but the automatically generated comments are templates. They are not sufficient. It is better not to generate javadoc comments than to generate empty comments.
  • Tags: (@since plugin-number, ...)
* Constructs an Editor for multiple Integer values.
* The widget is a List, with controls to move values up/down, add values and remove values.
* @param parent
*            The Composite in which this editor is created
* @param directCreation
*            Indicates if the creation and modification are directed.
* @param directCreationWithTreeViewer
*            Indicates if the creation and modification are directed on the TreeViewer.
* @param style
*            The List's style
* @since 3.1
public MultipleIntegerEditor(Composite parent, ...){}
  • Reexports: A contributed code should never introduce any 'hidden' dependencies such as reexporting plugins dependencies.
  • Contribution: A newly written code or plugin should always be added to the relevant poms and features.
  • versions numbers are correct. see this guide for more information.

Unless there is a good reason as to why, it is the Reviewer that is allowed to merge/push the gerrit patch into the repository. The reviewer must never be the committer of the patch to keep a two way check and minimize errors.

  • all generated code shall be contained in the directory src-gen. Note that all code in this directory is not participant to the API.

Here are some guidelines (which may be altered and/or improved) that every reviewer and committer should follow:


You must not use the standard console output in Papyrus plug-ins. Use the Papyrus log instead.

Plugin Versioning - Deprecated code

Using the @Deprecated tag, you must do these things in the same time:

  • increase the minor version of the plugin (of course, only if it has not yet be done since the last release)
    • NB : if you just add @Deprecated tag in a plugin, it is normally not required to increase the plugin version. Nevertheless, we decided to increase the minor of a such plugin, in order to be able to know easily when the object became deprecated. Depending of the API Tools configuration, you can get an error doing this. In this case configure your API tools to ignore it.
  • indicate in the comment the plugin version when the class/method became deprecated
  • open a bug to remove the deprecated class/method in the next major release
  • reference this bug in the comment of the deprecated class/method
  • (optional) indicate in the comment in which major release the class/method will be remove

Add the end, you must have something like that:

 * @deprecated since 3.1
 *             use {@link org.eclipse.papyrus.infra.gmfdiag.common.structure.DiagramStructure} API instead
 *             This class will be removed in Papyrus 5.0, see Bug 541027
public abstract class DiagramStructure {

Automatic check

Most of these rules are checked automatically when running the Papyrus tests. If you want to check them locally, use the plug-in org.eclipse.papyrus.bundles.tests (Run as > Junit plug-in test or use the *.launch file from this plug-in). This plug-in can be retrieved on the Papyrus Git repository: org.eclipse.papyrus.bundles.tests.


  • Code of plugins shall be inside internal package
  • API shall be public and each classe presence shall be justified by implementation of usecase
  • The usecase are store inside the plugin the name of the file
  • The grammar is:
### requirement text 
* qualified name of the class
  • See the following example
### The profile validation must be done with a button 'Validate Profile plug-in' on plug-in, in the papyrus developer menu
* org.eclipse.papyrus.toolsmiths.validation.profile.handlers.ValidateProfilePluginHandler
* org.eclipse.papyrus.toolsmiths.validation.profile.testers.ValidateProfilePluginTester
* plugin.xml
###  During the validation, a progress monitor must be opened with correct explanations
* org.eclipse.papyrus.toolsmiths.validation.profile.handlers.ValidateProfilePluginHandler
### A checker for the extensions must be implemented
* org.eclipse.papyrus.toolsmiths.validation.profile.internal.checkers.ProfileExtensionsChecker
### A checker for the definition profile must be implemented
* org.eclipse.papyrus.toolsmiths.validation.profile.internal.checkers.ProfileDefinitionChecker

Write Documentation for Papyrus

Each new contribution must contribute to the documentation (behavior changes or new feature). The documentation must be splitted in two parts:

  • user documentation
  • developer documentation

How to - Related to documentation Papyrus Developer Guide/Writing Documentation



The developer should have signed the Eclipse Contributor Agreement If the writer is an employee and his company has signed a Member Committer Agreement : after the commit, you should comment the attachment writing :

  • Here is a contribution from one employee of "the name of the company"
  • The company has signed a Member Committer Agreement.
  • The contribution does not need a CQ.
  • I've committed this contribution.
  • Committed revision xxx.
  • Set the field iplog to +

Note : In reality, you should have the authorization of the PMC before doing this commit.


Remember to check on the current CQs to see if they are still current and that we will not miss any currently required dependencies (e.g. glazed lists in the new orbit or the new dependency) as well as the IPlogs. A quick tutorial on CQs can be found here.

If you have any doubt about your contribution you can always check this Eclipse chart for more information.


If you want to contribute code, and you are not a committer, here is how to proceed:

When a non-committer wants to contribute to Papyrus, he must create patchs and attach them to a bug using the Bug number in the message (e.g. commit -m "Bug 561154 - xyz"), this will automatically contribute the patch to the Bugzilla ticket. In the comment of each patch, he must write :

  • I, Forename Name, wrote 100% of the code I've provided.
  • This code contains no cryptography
  • I have the right to contribute the code to Eclipse.
  • I contribute the content under the EPL 2.0.

see this page for more information about contributing through Git and Gerrit.

Code Reviews

The reviewer shall verify that the contribution respects all aforementioned rules.


Eclipse release calendar is detailled here. Each date of releases (M1, M2, M3, RC1, RC2 and GA) for the new Eclipse version is defined in a associated wiki page of the Eclipse version).

Contributions should be merged before:

  • M2+
It is forbidden to modify the GUI. Only important bug fixes should be merged. 
Creation of a branch (tag) for the release
  • M3+
It is forbidden to modify the features and general architecture.
  • RC1+
Its forbidden to merge contribution. Only by the project Chief for critical bugs.

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