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Xtext prefences pages [message #1766655] Sat, 24 June 2017 07:00 Go to next message
Yves LEDUC is currently offline Yves LEDUCFriend
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Registered: May 2015
I wrote a DSL and I have a problem to complete it with templates as I wish, ie like this in the Preferences dialog:
Window> Preferences and in the Algorithmic> Templates dialog
By default in an Xtext project this gives something like below based on:
That I can populate with personal templates.

What I want to do is have three types of templates sorted by category:
• Code
• Comments
• Files
In each of its categories then only the templates of the category are displayed.
I have not found how to filter the output of XtextTemplatePreferencePage to get this.
Thank you in advance
Re: Xtext prefences pages [message #1821226 is a reply to message #1766655] Fri, 07 February 2020 12:43 Go to previous message
Marie-Saphira Flug is currently offline Marie-Saphira FlugFriend
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Registered: January 2019
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I know this is old, but maybe someone else is searching for it and would like to have an answer..
This is quite simply solved by adding the wanted template pages to the plugin.xml at the <extension point="org.eclipse.ui.preferencePages">
        name="Greeting Templates">
        name="Name Templates">

With category="org.xtext.example.mydsl.MyDsl.templates" those two pages above will be subpages of the XtextTemplatePreferencePage and displayed as shown in your result picture. They look like:
public class GreetingTemplatePreferencePage extends XtextTemplatePreferencePage {

	public GreetingTemplatePreferencePage(IPreferenceStore preferenceStore, ContextTypeRegistry registry,
			TemplateStore templateStore) {
		super(preferenceStore, registry, templateStore);

	protected Control createContents(Composite ancestor) {
		Control result = super.createContents(ancestor);
		super.getTableViewer().setContentProvider(new MyTemplateContentProvider("org.xtext.example.mydsl.MyDsl.Greeting"));
		return result;

For NameTemplatePreferencePage replace "Greeting" with "Name". The content provider:
class MyTemplateContentProvider implements IStructuredContentProvider {

	/** The template store. */
	private TemplateStore fStore;
	private String contextID;

	public MyTemplateContentProvider(String contextID) {
		this.contextID = contextID;

	public Object[] getElements(Object input) {
		TemplatePersistenceData[] templateData = fStore.getTemplateData(false);
		List<TemplatePersistenceData> onlyContextTemplateData = new ArrayList<TemplatePersistenceData>();
		for (int i = 0; i < templateData.length; i++) {
			if (templateData[i].getTemplate().getContextTypeId().equalsIgnoreCase(this.contextID)) {
		return onlyContextTemplateData.toArray();

	public void inputChanged(Viewer viewer, Object oldInput, Object newInput) {
		fStore= (TemplateStore) newInput;

	public void dispose() {
		fStore= null;

There probably is another way using TableViewer.addFilter(ViewerFilter filter), but since I'm not very familiar with jface this was the quickest and easiest solution.
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