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Here is a screencast presenting SWTBot Recorder and Generator:


The Test recorder and generator is a single plugin to install in any RCP application (may it be your Eclipse IDE, or a bundled RCP application. You can get it from the SWTBot update-site/p2 repository (starting from version 2.0.6).

With p2 UI: TODO screenshot of installation

With p2 director, install bundle org.eclipse.swtbot.generator:

java -jar plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.laucher_*.jar -application org.eclipse.equinox.p2.director -repository <choose_a_SWTBot_p2_repo> -installIU org.eclipse.swtbot.generator


From IDE

Ensure the org.eclipse.swtbot.generator bundle is part of your Lauch Configuration TODO: screenshot

Set the -Dorg.eclipse.swtbot.generator.enable=true system property TODO: screenshot

From a RCP app

Ensure org.eclipse.swtbot.generator bundle is installed in your application (use ls or OSGi console at runtime to check that).

Set the -Dorg.eclipse.swtbot.generator.enable=true system property in your config.ini. Example for JBoss Developer Studio, in jbdevstudio/studio/jbdevstudio.ini, line 17:

  1. -vm
  2. /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java
  3. -startup
  4. plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher_1.3.0.v20120522-1813.jar
  5. --launcher.library
  6. plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.gtk.linux.x86_64_1.1.200.v20120522-1813
  7. -product
  8. com.jboss.jbds.product.product
  9. -showsplash
  10. platform\:/base/plugins/com.jboss.jbds.product
  11. --launcher.XXMaxPermSize
  12. 256m
  13. --launcher.defaultAction
  14. openFile
  15. -vmargs
  17. -Dorg.eclipse.swtbot.generator.enable=true
  18. -Xms512m
  19. -Xmx1024m
  20. -Dosgi.instance.area.default=@user.home/workspace


The generator window generates code, copy-paste it where you want

Extending it


The Generator places some SWT listeners that look at events and generate code from each event. A Generator support is just a set of "rules" that are classes that process (or not) the current event to generate some code. Processing an event is divided in 2 pieces:

  1. Create an accessor for the widget (eg: bot.button("blah")
  2. create an action on the widget (eg: .click())

Contribute your own Bot support

There is an extension point for that in org.eclipse.swtbot.generator. We recommend you to get the source for the org.eclipse.swtbot.generator plugin and see what's in it. The default SWTBot support is installed as an extension too, so you can take it as an example.


The contributions tools and process are the same as for any SWTBot part. See SWTBot/Contributing.

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