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Jonathan Musset ([ Obeo])
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Moritz Eysholdt ([ Itemis])
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Any issue should be reported to the [ Bugzilla]

Revision as of 02:42, 4 May 2010


The EMF Compare project is part of EMF (Eclipse Modeling Framework).

EMF Compare brings model comparison to the EMF framework, this tool provides generic support for any kind of metamodel in order to compare and merge models. The objectives of this component are to provide a stable and efficient generic implementation of model comparison and to provide an extensible framework for specific needs.

The comparison process is divided in 2 phases: matching and differencing. The matching phase browses the model version figuring out which element comes from which other one, then the differencing process browses the matching result and create the corresponding delta. This delta may itself be serialized as a model.



The EMF Compare development team does its best to maintain downward compatibility towards Europa (3.3). Following is the compatibility chart :

EMF Compare Eclipse 3.2 - EMF 2.2 Eclipse 3.3 - EMF 2.3 Eclipse 3.4 - EMF 2.4 Eclipse 3.5 - EMF 2.5 Eclipse 3.6 - EMF 2.6
0.7 OK
0.8 KO OK OK

An empty cell indicates that the compatibility hasn't been tested for a particular combination.


User Guide

Developer Guide

You'll find a few more tutorials on the Eclipse Online Help once you installed EMF Compare

  • Architecture
  • Using the Compare Services
  • Adapting the Comparison Process to your Ecore Model
  • Adding new actions to the export menu

Feel free to add any tutorial or documentation on the wiki, we'll integrate them back in the online help.


Roadmap & History


1.1.0 - Eclipse 3.6

- Match Scoping
- Performances and Scalability
- Better stability

1.0.0 - Eclipse 3.5

- patch/changeset model 
- UI extensibility 
- Graphical modelers integration
- Remote proxy resolving
- Incubation status exit
- ResourceSet match (inter-models links)


0.8.0 - Ganymede (2008)

- « 3 way » comparison
- confirm RCP/Domain uses cases for diff/synchronization
- diff engine extensibility
- diff model extension
- performances enhancements
- tutorials/documentation

0.7.0 branch (2007)

- merge/differencing
- reference documentation
- « 2 way » comparison
- Ecore/XMI Id handling
- metamodel agnostic
- match engine extensibility
- export API


The project developers are:

Cedric Brun (Obeo), project lead

Laurent Goubet (Obeo)

Jonathan Musset (Obeo)

Moritz Eysholdt (Itemis)


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


10/06/2009 - Graduation to EMF Graduation Review

20/03/2008 - Short talk given at EclipseCon 2008 An update on EMF Compare

10/10/2007 - Talk given at Eclipse Summit Europe 2007 EMF Compare : One year later.

05/03/2007 - We presented the project at EclipseCon through a panel. Here is some feedback: Model Comparison Panel 2007.

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