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ECF/DocShare Plugin

ECF version 2.0.0 includes a plugin called DocShare (org.eclipse.ecf.docshare) that implements real-time shared editing.

How to Use

  • Get ECF 2.0.0.
  • Connect via a provider that supports the ECF Datashare API. Supporting IM providers are: XMPP/Google Talk, Skype (found here). Instructions for connecting are here.
  • Open a TextEditor on a text resource from your workspace (e.g. a .java file, or .txt file).
  • Open the Context Menu (right click) on the editor, and you should see a context menu like this


  • Select the target user to share your editor session with. Note that if you select a target user

that is not running ECF it will have no effect and the target user will not see a notification. In the near future, only the users that support/are running docshare also will appear in this liest.

Once the receiver accepts the docshare, both participants may edit the document and the other will immediately see the output.

How to Stop

  • Open the context menu for the editor being shared.
  • Select "Stop Sharing Editor with ..."

Screen Shots

'slewis' client (the initiator), before starting editor sharing


'fliwatuet' client (the receiver), before starting editor sharing


Slewis initiates the real-time shared editing by opening the context menu in the editor, and choosing Share Editor With -> ->ECF ->


Fliwatuet receives a notice and can accept or reject the shared editing session


If fliwatuet accepts, the editor is opened with slewis' current editor content on fliwatuet's workbench


At this point, both participants can edit the text and updates will be immediately distributed and shown on the other's corresponding editor.

So, for example, here fliwatuet enters a new method (baz)


These same updates appear immediately on slewis' workbench. Slewis can also make changes and these are reflected on fliwatuet's workbench.


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