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Graphical Editing Framework

Revision as of 11:33, 21 October 2011 by (Talk | contribs) (Current Status)


The Graphical Editing Framework (GEF) project provides technology to realize rich graphical editors and views for the Eclipse Workbench. It bundles three components:

  • Draw2d (org.eclipse.draw2d) - A layout and rendering toolkit for displaying graphics on an SWT Canvas.
  • GEF (org.eclipse.gef) - An interactive MVC framework built on top of Draw2d, which fosters the implementation of rich graphical editors for the Eclipse Workbench.
  • Zest (org.eclipse.zest) - A visualization toolkit based on Draw2d, which enables implementation of graphical views for the Eclipse Workbench.

While the main GEF website contains the bulk of information regarding the GEF project, the type of information more appropriately hosted on a wiki is (or will be) found here, such as: FAQs, tutorials, requirements, discussions, etc.

Current Status

GEF is a mature project with stable API, which is bound to Eclipse API retention policy. To develop innovations without interfering with the GEF 3.x development stream, we have started to work on a provisional GEF 4.0 branch (see Bug #347636). More information can be found here.

Information for Consumers (Developers)

Information for Contributors & Committers

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