Installing and configuring Eclipse for use with AGX

These are installation instructions for using the Eclipse IDE for development. Currenty AGX requires the Modelling Edition of Eclipse Juno (4.2).

Install Eclipse

Make sure to have an appropriate Java-interpreter on your machine. Ubuntu users can simply:

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk

Download and install the Juno Eclipse Modeling Tools bundle suitable for your operating system from the download page.


The screenshots on this page were made with Eclipse Indigo so they might look a little different from what you see in Eclipse Juno.


Models created with Eclipse Indigo and the related version of Papyrus will work with Eclipse Juno and the related Papyrus, so there is forward compatibility (keep fingers crossed), but there is no backward compatibility: models created with a more recent version cannot be used with the older version, due to some changes in the underlying machinery.

Unpack the downloaded ZIP or tarball to a location of your choice. Eclipse should run if Java was installed properly by executing the eclipse binary:



Note for GTK Users (Gnome i.e.) - There is a bug in some older versions of GTK that causes certain print backends to hang. Fix it by providing a 2-liner script as eclipse launcher:

/eclipse/install/path/eclipse -vmargs -XX:+AggressiveHeap

On first startup, eclipse asks you for a workspace location. This is the location where your eclipse projects live.

After defining the workspace the eclipse welcome screen comes up. Go ahead and dig around a little bit or go directly to the workbench (icon on the right).

Install Papyrus

Eclipse Modeling Tools come along with facilities for drawing UML models. Anyway we’ll use Papyrus for modeling, it’s one of the shipped tools.

Use Eclipses menu and find Help --> Install Modeling Components, search for Papyrus and install it.


Install PyDev

PyDev is an Eclipse plugin for Python development.

To install PyDev, use Eclipses menu and find Help --> Install New Software, click add button, enter PyDev as name and the location to search for the plugin.


Select the PyDev plugin from available software, click install and follow the install procedure.


Install AGX Eclipse plugin

AGX ships with an Eclipse plugin for invoking the generator via the IDE.

To install the AGX Eclipse plugin, repeat the procedure as shown in Install PyDev, using AGX as name and as plugin location when adding the AGX update site.



The AGX plugin requires both Papyrus and PyDev in order to install and run correctly.

Configure AGX Eclipse plugin

Open your Eclipse Preferences, select the AGX section and select the AGX binary within bin directory of the buildout.

Unrelated but useful plugins for development with Eclipse

Eclipse Web Tools

The eclipse web tools project contains lots of plugins, the most interresting ones might be in category Web, XML, Java EE, and OSGi Enterprise Development:

  • Eclipse Web Developer Tools
  • Eclipse XML Editors and Tools
  • JavaScript Developer Tools

ReST Editor

An Eclipse plug-in providing support to edit reStructuredText files.

YAML Editor

An Eclipse plug-in providing support to edit YAML files.