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Search Component

Development Resources

If you are already a Platform Search developer, check out the Development Resources.


The search facility defines the infrastructure for contributing search functionality to the workbench. It is extensible and enables the contribution of content type specific searching support. For example, the JDT component contributes index based Java searching. The search component itself provides textual searching. It makes the following contributions to the workbench:

  • A multi page dialog for defining the search arguments. When contributing a new search kind, clients contribute a custom page to this dialog.

  • A search results view that shows the search matches. When contributing a new search kind, clients define how the matches are presented, sorted, and how to navigate from a match to the corresponding resource.

What's Happening?

Since 3.2, Platform Search is mostly in maintenance mode. Contact us if you want to help, contributions are highly appreciated!

4.4 Development

  • currently no work planned

Get Involved!

If you are interested in participating in the development of the Search component, check out the developer's mailing list: Chat with people there about your problems and interests, and find out what you can do to help. Or pick a bug from the Search Inbox and help us fix bugs.

Interesting areas for participation:

  • Split the search plugin to a UI (RCP plugin) and a plugin containing file search

More information can be found on the Development Resources.

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