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Eclipse Plug-in Developer Guide
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Launch Configuration Tab Groups


This extension point provides a mechanism for contributing a group of tabs to the launch configuration dialog for a type of launch configuration.

Configuration Markup:

<!ELEMENT extension ( launchConfigurationTabGroup*)>

<!ATTLIST extension





  • point - a fully qualified identifier of the target extension point
  • id - an optional identifier of the extension instance
  • name - an optional name of the extension instance

<!ELEMENT launchConfigurationTabGroup ( launchMode*)>

<!ATTLIST launchConfigurationTabGroup

id            CDATA #REQUIRED

type          IDREF #REQUIRED

class         CDATA #REQUIRED

helpContextId CDATA #IMPLIED

description   CDATA #IMPLIED


  • id - specifies a unique identifier for this launch configuration tab group.
  • type - specifies a launch configuration type that this tab group is applicable to (corresponds to the id of a launch configuration type extension).
  • class - specifies a fully qualified name of a Java class that implements ILaunchConfigurationTabGroup.
  • helpContextId - an optional identifier that specifies the help context to associate with this tab group's launch configuration type
  • description - A description of the Launch Configuration Type

<!ELEMENT launchMode EMPTY>

<!ATTLIST launchMode

mode        IDREF #REQUIRED

perspective IDREF #IMPLIED

description CDATA #IMPLIED


A launch mode element specifies a launch mode this tab group is specific to. A tab group can be associated with one or more launch modes. For backwards compatibility (previous to 3.0), a launch mode does not need to be specified. When unspecified, a tab group is registered as the default tab group for the associated launch configration type (i.e. applicable to all supported launch modes for which a specific tab group has not been contributed).

  • mode - identifier for a launch mode this tab group is specific to.
  • perspective - the default perspective identifier associated with this launch configuration type and launch mode. This allows an extension to cause a perspective switch (or open) when a corresponding launch is registered with the debug plug-in. When unspecified, it indicates that by default, no perspective switch should occurr.
  • description - A description of the Launch Configuration Type specific to this launchMode.

The following is an example of a launch configuration tab group extension point:

 <extension point=



In the above example, the contributed tab group will be shown for the launch configuration type with identifier com.example.ExampleLaunchConfigurationTypeIdentifier.

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