Since the release of Eclipse 3.6 it’s been possible to open files in Eclipse from the command line . There are a few blogs that explain in great detail how this feature can be implemented. I however would like to show you the simplest way to make use of this feature in your RCP application.
My goal is to be able to execute
./myapplication the_path_to/afile.txt on the command line to open a file in my running Eclipse application. We can achieve this quickly if the entrypoint of your application extends the
IDEApplication class. Unfortunately,
IDEApplication is not a part of the public Eclipse API, it’s a class in an internal package. I use it to get things working without having to write pages of code, you can replace it later with your own implementation.
There are two things left to configure.
First, you need to be careful with the name of your application and its executable. The
appName property in your
plugin.xml and the filename of your executable have to match. If the name of your executable is
myapplication.exe on windows) then the
appName property should be capitalized, so it becomes
<extension id="product" point="org.eclipse.core.runtime.products"> <product application="com.sigasi.myapplication.rcp.application" name="Sigasi"> <property name="appName" value="Myapplication" /> </product> </extension>
Now you should be able to open files in your running Eclipse application using
./myapplication --launcher.openFile the_path_to/afile.txt
The last step is to eliminate the commandline option
--launcher.openFile. You can do this by adding the following snippet to the ini-file of your Eclipse application.
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