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You are two steps away from starting to write Riena applications:

  1. Download and install Equinox, RCP, and Riena.
  2. Set up your target platform.

This page will lead you through these steps.

Install Equinox, RCP, and Riena

All Platforms
  1. First install Equinox project SDK and RCP SDK.
  2. Download the target platform from one of the software update sites given below.
    • Important note: Only install into your target platform, not into your Eclipse IDE directly!
Windows users
can alternatively install a complete target platform from the links marked "Complete target platform" below.

Helios milestones: 2.0.0.x

Update site
For Windows users
Download complete target platform

Update site
For Windows users
Download complete target platform

Current Release:

Update site
For Windows users
Download complete target platform

See also Riena Older Releases and Milestones.

Set up NEW Riena Toolbox for Riena 2.0

There is a new IDE Support for Riena for Eclipse 3.6 (M6 and later) (we didnt test earlier versions). It has the previous wizards for generating Riena apps, a new wizard for generating a client/server app (with 3 projects) and an editor for the Riena assembly.

The Riena assembly in short is a set of extensions that define the navigation structure of Riena applications. Assembly define not only the structure (parent/child etc) but also all attributes including view and controller classes and can generate RCP perspectives, RCP views and Riena controller templates as you edit.

There is however one little thing about it. In Riena we are now changing the assembly structure for the extension "assemblies" (sitting in bundle) org.eclipse.riena.navigation to "assemblies2". The current version of Riena Toolbox now only creates and edits the new assemblies2 structure.

The new assembly extension is a result of some refactoring, more consistent usage lower and uppercase, proper naming of things and we also removed some of the stuff of assemblies that we had doubt that it worked anyway or had any use.

So while converting from assemblies to assemblies2 is a manual step it is propably done very quickly. The old assemblies extension will be deprecated in Riena 2.0 but still be supported by the runtime.

If you like to now test the new Riena Toolbox, here are the steps:

- install and run Eclipse 3.6M6 - install new software from (make sure that you DISABLE the checkbox "Contact all update sites during install to find required software". That is currently important because of bug 306279 (

So now you are all setup. To see it running: - Create a new Plug-in Project (Would you like to create a rich client application = yes) - Select "Riena Hello World" or "Riena Mail Template" frmo the list of templates and finish creating the new template - Show View -> Other -> Riena Toolbox -> AssemblyEditor - The Assembly Editor now shows the assemblies from all projects in the workspace.

If you have any questions, bugs, feedback let us know through the normal channels bugzilla, riena-dev, newsgroup.

Set up target platform for Riena apps

For a Riena-based application to compile, a certain set of bundles (plug-ins) must be available at compile time. This set of bundles is known as a target platform. Follow the steps outlined in either of the following two sections to set up the target platform for Riena applications (based on Riena 1.2.0).


  1. Download Eclipse IDE 3.5.x for your platform and start with a blank workspace.
  2. Create a new Target Platform definition that contains "Equinox Project SDK" and "Eclipse RCP SDK" from the Galileo Software Site (the RCP SDK will be only visible if you uncheck "Group by Category")
    • If you'd like to install Riena 1.1.0 from the Galileo Repository add Riena Core SDK and Riena SDK Samples.
    • If you'd like to install Riena 1.2.0. from the above update site then there are two entries for "Riena Core SDK" and "Riena SDK Samples" (a temporaray problem). Please select all four entries and add them to your target platform.
  3. Activate the platform.
  4. Done.

Next Step

Now you are ready to start writing Riena applications. To get a feeling of the Riena framework, take a look at Riena's Example Applications and Code Templates.

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