E4/Search Console

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  • What is Search Console

Search console is an Eclipse-based search framework with enhanced user experience and extensibility capabilities. It aims to provide the Next-generation search framework of Eclipse. It is expected that search console will ultimately support both existing org.eclipse.search extensions, and “native” Search Console extensions.


  • How to install search console

We recommend using the latest milestone release of the E4 update site.

It can be found in the "0.12 Stream Stable Builds" section at http://download.eclipse.org/e4/downloads/.

From the Eclipse Install manager, select the category "E4 Search". You can individally install the Search Console framework, the example search contributor, and the "Compatibility" feature (latter is explained below). Source features are also available on the site from build I20110809-2000 afterwards, and will be available in the 4.2 Milestone 2 build.


Those who want the bleeding edge, can consume the latest integration build of E4:

http://download.eclipse.org/e4/downloads/ -> 0.11 Stream Integration Builds -> Select the latest build you see there.(If 404 not found is returned, select next latest build). Click on "online p2 repo link" - that is the update site.


  • How to get search console source code

You can either install the source features from the update site (suitable if you want to develop an extension for search console), or fetch the sources from the Git repo, if you want to modify the sources / contribute back to the community.

Here are the links to our repository:

Web UI -https://git.eclipse.org/c/e4/org.eclipse.e4.search.git/

Clone URI - git://git.eclipse.org/gitroot/e4/org.eclipse.e4.search.git

The source code of an example search provider is under folder /examples in our repo. This can prove very useful if you want to implement a search provider.


  • Filing a bug

https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/enter_bug.cgi?product=e4&component=Search


  • Documentation

Developer guide - https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/attachment.cgi?id=180106


  • What are the version / distribution requirements

Search console only depends on the core Eclipse SDK plugins. It has been tested, and is supported, on Eclipse SDK versions 3.7 and later. This includes versions 4.1, 4.2 and later of Eclipse SDK.

Since Search Console has no explicit version requirements, it may run successfully on Eclipse SDK 3.5 and 3.6. However this is not officially supported and tested.


  • I wish to contribute

You're welcome! Follow the standard drill. It's easiest to open a bug with a patch on component E4/Search, or write directly to e4-dev@eclipse.org .

A good starting point for new contributors is http://wiki.eclipse.org/Development_Resources


  • Why am i seeing search types that do nothing?

Because it's work in progress. These are the compatibility search types, which adapt the extensions contributed to the org.eclipse.search.searchPages extension point, to the Search console framework.


  • How can I disable the compatibility search types?

Just deselect the Compatibility feature when installing. This is available from integration build I20110630-1005 afterwards.