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Introduction and Overview

The core of Graphical Modeling Framework (GMF) is GMF Runtime, a Java based framework to run graphical editors for EMF Models. It provides a highly customizable way to render any model elements with several kinds of graphical shape and an ergonomic UX.

The project page of GMF Runtime is available at [1]. Most of the documentation is available in this index.

On the top of GMF Runtime, two main Eclipse projects provides tooling to ease the creation and customization of GMF based editors:

  • GMF Tooling with a generative approach. This project was discontinued.
  • Eclipse Sirius with an interpretive approach. It is now the preferred way to create GMF based editors

So, if you want to ramp-up and start to create your own graphical editors, you can start with these tutorials which hide some GMF internal complexities. Then, if you need advanced customization for specific usage, read GMF Runtime Tutorials below.



External Tutorials:

Specific tutorials

Online Help

How-To's / Q&A

GMF Concepts

Articles about diagram editor concepts and how they are supported in GMF tooling (definition, mapping, generation):

Information on OCL, constraints, audit, and metric features:

Tooling Model Hints

Description of GMF models and usage hints.


Eclipse Corner Articles


  • EclipseCon 2006
    • Introduction to GMF slides
    • Creating your own Domain Specific Modeler using GMF slides
  • EclipseWorld 2006 Building Better Graphical Editors with GMF slides
  • Eclipse Summit Europe 2006 What's New in Modeling at Eclipse slides
  • EclipseCon 2008
    • Introduction to the Graphical Modeling Framework (Network domain demo) Submission
    • GMF:Exemplary MDD Submission
    • Using GMF and M2M for Model-driven-development Submission
  • EclipseCon 2009
    • GMF and QVTO: roads (finally) crossed Session
  • EclipseCon 2010
  • EclipseCon 2011
    • GMF : Create you graphical DSL slides
  • Eclipse Democamp Grenoble 2011
    • Leveraging Modeling Stack in your application: Bonita Open Solution Case Study slides

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