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Ecore Tools

The Ecore Tools component provides a complete environment to create, edit and maintain Ecore models. This component eases handling of Ecore models with a Graphical Ecore Editor and bridges to other existing Ecore tools (Validation, Compare, generators...). The Graphical Ecore Editor implements multi-diagram support, a custom tabbed properties view, validation feedbacks, refactoring capabilities... The long-term goal is to provide the same level of services as does JDT for Java.

See Ecore_Tools/New_and_Noteworthy for a summary of its features and functionality.

Ecore Diagram Overview


New & Noteworthy




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EcoreTools is a modeler defined using the Eclipse Sirius project.

The graphical modeler is defined in the plugin which contains :

  • ./description/ecore.odesign : the editor specification which is interpreted by sirius
  • ./src/org/eclipse/emf/ecoretools/design/service : some small java utilities used by the editor specification.
  • and other classes for specific integrations with Eclipse (wizards...)

Properties views and embedded wizards are defined in the plugin which is generated using the EEF project.


  • Focused diagrams : possibility to DND a model element into the diagram area to show its graphical representation
  • Doc Annotations support : ability to graphically create and edit doc annotation of an Ecore model
  • Related Elements import : ability to import elements in a diagram based on their relationships with others
  • Doc Table support : ability to edit doc annotations using a table.
  • Smart direct Edit : type "name:String", or "[1]", or ":Integer" and the modeler will figure what you meant.
  • EOpposite support : EOpposite References are displayed in the diagram as multi-role edges.
  • Validation layer : The diagram editor can be configured so that any validation Error will be highlighted in the shape.
  • Multi-Ecore : a diagram can represent elements from distinct Ecore files.
  • Dependencie View : a diagram editor to inspect inter-EPackage dependencies.
  • Tabbed Properties View : provide advanced capabilities to edit the ecore model
  • Diagram example from Ecore.ecore model : maintain this as an example and show editor capabilities through this model


Use the Eclipse Luna update-site.


Ecore Tools 2.0 was shipped in on June 25, 2014 and is part of the Luna Simultaneous release.


EcoreTools is currently developped by :

Any help is welcome !


Any issue should be reported to the Bugzilla > EMF: Tools. You may also contact the team using the EMFT newsgroup.

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