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Eclipse Plug-in Developer Guide
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Intro Part




This extension point is used to register implementations of special workbench parts, called intro parts, that are responsible for introducing a product to new users. An intro part is typically shown the first time a product is started up. Rules for associating an intro part implementation with particular products are also contributed via this extension point.

The life cycle is as follows:
  • The intro area is created on workbench start up. As with editor and view areas, this area is managed by an intro site (implementing org.eclipse.ui.intro.IIntroSite).
  • The id of the current product (Platform.getProduct()) is used to choose the relevant intro part implementation.
  • The intro part class (implementing org.eclipse.ui.intro.IIntroPart) is created and initialized with the intro site.
  • While the intro part is showing to the user, it can transition back and forth between full and standby mode (either programmatically or explicitly by the user).
  • Eventually the intro part is closed (either programmatically or explicitly by the user). The current perspective takes over the entire workbench window area.

Configuration Markup:

<!ELEMENT extension ( intro* , introProductBinding*)>

<!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


<!ATTLIST intro

id              CDATA #REQUIRED

icon            CDATA #IMPLIED

class           CDATA #REQUIRED

contentDetector CDATA #IMPLIED

label           CDATA #IMPLIED


Specifies an introduction. An introduction is a product-specific presentation shown to first-time users on product start up.

  • id - a unique identifier for this introduction
  • icon - a plug-in-relative file name of the icon that will be associated with this introduction
  • class - a fully qualified name of the class implementing the org.eclipse.ui.intro.IIntroPart interface. A common practice is to subclass org.eclipse.ui.part.intro.IntroPart in order to inherit the default functionality. This class implements the introduction.
  • contentDetector - a fully qualified name of a class extending org.eclipse.ui.intro.IntroContentDetector. This optional class is used to detect newly added introduction content. If new content is available, the view showing the introduction will be opened again.
  • label - an string label for this introduction that will be used in the construction of the open action as well as the part label Since 3.2

<!ELEMENT introProductBinding EMPTY>

<!ATTLIST introProductBinding




Specifies a binding between a product and an introduction. These bindings determine which introduction is appropriate for the current product (as defined by org.eclipse.core.runtime.Platform.getProduct()).

  • productId - unique id of a product
  • introId - unique id of an introduction

The following is an example of an intro part extension that contributes an particular introduction and associates it with a particular product:

  <extension point=



Supplied Implementation:
There are no default implementations of the initial user experience. Each Eclipse-based product is responsible for providing one that is closely matched to its branding and function.

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