Installation Instructions

Stand-alone

  • Windows: Execute the installer and follow the instructions. Administrator rights are only required on Vista. The installer adds a menu item to the Windows Start menu.
  • Mac OS X: Extract the downloaded archive and double-click the JFormDesigner application to start it.
  • Other platforms: Extract the downloaded archive and execute JFormDesigner.sh to start JFormDesigner.

Eclipse plug-in

The Eclipse plug-in is available in two different ZIPs. Make sure to use the right one for the chosen installation method.

  • JFormDesigner-x.x-eclipse-site.zip is an Eclipse "Site Archive", which is used to install JFormDesigner using Eclipse Software Manager. Do not extract this ZIP into the Eclipse installation folder.
  • JFormDesigner-x.x-eclipse.zip is a simple ZIP archive, which can be extracted into the Eclipse installation folder (or the Eclipse 3.4+ dropins folder).

There are three ways to install the Eclipse plug-in:

a) Installation using Eclipse Software Manager from Update Site (no ZIP)

Eclipse 4.4 - 3.5
  1. Start Eclipse.
  2. Open the install wizard (Menu: Help > Install New Software)
  3. Click Add button, enter "JFormDesigner Update Site" into the name field, enter http://download.formdev.com/jformdesigner/eclipse/ into the location field and click OK to close the dialog.
  4. Check "JFormDesigner" in the list of available software and click Next.
  5. Review the items to be installed and click Next.
  6. If requested, accept the license agreement and click Finish to start the download and installation.
  7. Restart Eclipse.
Eclipse 3.4
  1. Start Eclipse.
  2. Open the update manager (Menu: Help > Software Updates)
  3. Select the Available Software tab.
  4. Click Add Site button, enter http://download.formdev.com/jformdesigner/eclipse/ into the location field and click OK to close the dialog.
  5. Select the added site in the list of available software and click the Install button to start the installation.
  6. Check "JFormDesigner" in the Install dialog and continue with Next or Finish.
  7. If requested, accept the license agreement and continue.
  8. Restart Eclipse
Eclipse 3.3 - 3.1
  1. Start Eclipse.
  2. Open the update manager (Menu: Help > Software Updates > Find and Install)
  3. Select the Search for new features to install radio button and click Next.
  4. Click New Remote Site and enter "JFormDesigner Update Site" into the name field and http://download.formdev.com/jformdesigner/eclipse/ into the url field.
  5. Click Finish to start the search.
  6. Check "JFormDesigner" in the search result list and continue with Next.
  7. Accept the license agreement and continue as usual.
  8. Restart Eclipse

b) Installation using Eclipse Software Update Manager (JFormDesigner-x.x-eclipse-site.zip)

Eclipse 4.4 - 3.5
  1. Download JFormDesigner-x.x-eclipse-site.zip
  2. Start Eclipse.
  3. Open the install wizard (Menu: Help > Install New Software)
  4. Click Add button to open the Add Repository dialog.
  5. Click Archive button, select the site archive ZIP file (JFormDesigner-x.x-eclipse-site.zip) and click OK to close the Add Repository dialog.
  6. Check "JFormDesigner" in the list of available software and click Next.
  7. Review the items to be installed and click Next.
  8. If requested, accept the license agreement and click Finish to start the installation.
  9. Restart Eclipse.
Eclipse 3.4
  1. Download JFormDesigner-x.x-eclipse-site.zip
  2. Start Eclipse.
  3. Open the update manager (Menu: Help > Software Updates)
  4. Select the Available Software tab.
  5. Click Add Site button.
  6. Click Archive button, select the site archive ZIP file (JFormDesigner-x.x-eclipse-site.zip) and click OK to close the Add Site dialog.
  7. Select the added ZIP in the list of available software and click the Install button to start the installation.
  8. Check "JFormDesigner" in the Install dialog and continue with Next or Finish.
  9. If requested, accept the license agreement and continue.
  10. Restart Eclipse.
Eclipse 3.3 - 3.1
  1. Download JFormDesigner-x.x-eclipse-site.zip
  2. Start Eclipse.
  3. Open the update manager (Menu: Help > Software Updates > Find and Install)
  4. Select the Search for new features to install radio button and click Next.
  5. Click New Archived Site button and select the site archive ZIP file (JFormDesigner-x.x-eclipse-site.zip).
  6. Click Finish to start the search.
  7. Check "JFormDesigner" in the search result list and continue with Next.
  8. Accept the license agreement and continue as usual.
  9. Restart Eclipse.

c) Manual installation (JFormDesigner-x.x-eclipse.zip)

Eclipse 4.4 - 3.4
  1. Download JFormDesigner-x.x-eclipse.zip
  2. Quit Eclipse.
  3. Extract the ZIP file (JFormDesigner-x.x-eclipse.zip) into a folder in the Eclipse dropins folder:
    <eclipse-install>/
        dropins/
            JFormDesigner-x.x-eclipse/
                features/
                    com.jformdesigner_x.x.x/...
                plugins/
                    com.jformdesigner_x.x.x.jar
                    com.jformdesigner.doc_x.x.x.jar
                    com.jformdesigner.redist_x.x.x/...
  4. Start Eclipse.
Eclipse 3.3 - 3.1
  1. Download JFormDesigner-x.x-eclipse.zip
  2. Quit Eclipse.
  3. Extract the ZIP file (JFormDesigner-x.x-eclipse.zip) directly into the Eclipse installation folder:
    <eclipse-install>/
        features/
            com.jformdesigner_x.x.x/...
        plugins/
            com.jformdesigner_x.x.x.jar
            com.jformdesigner.doc_x.x.x.jar
            com.jformdesigner.redist_x.x.x/...
  4. Start Eclipse.

NetBeans plug-in

  1. Start NetBeans.
  2. Open the Plugins dialog (Menu: Tools > Plugins)
  3. Select the Downloaded tab.
  4. Click Add Plugins button, select the NBM file (JFormDesigner-x.x-netbeans.nbm) and click OK to close the Add Plugins dialog.
  5. Review the items to be installed and click Install.
  6. If requested, accept the license agreement and click Install to start the installation.
  7. Close the Plugins dialog.

IntelliJ IDEA plug-in

There are three ways to install the IntelliJ IDEA plug-in:

a) Installation using IntelliJ IDEA Plugin Manager

IntelliJ IDEA 13.1 - 11
  1. Start IntelliJ IDEA.
  2. Open the plugin manager dialog (Menu: File > Settings > Plugins)
  3. Click Browse repositories button to open the Browse Repositories dialog.
  4. Right-click on "JFormDesigner" in the list of available plugins and select Download and Install in the popup menu.
  5. Click Close to close the Browse Repositories dialog.
  6. Click OK to close the Settings dialog.
  7. Restart IntelliJ IDEA
IntelliJ IDEA 10.5 - 5.0
  1. Start IntelliJ IDEA.
  2. Open the plugin manager dialog (Menu: File > Settings > Plugins)
  3. Select the Available tab.
  4. Right-click on "JFormDesigner" in the list of available plugins and select Download and Install in the popup menu.
  5. Restart IntelliJ IDEA

b) Installation from disk using IntelliJ IDEA Plugin Manager

(requires IntelliJ IDEA 11 or later)

  1. Start IntelliJ IDEA.
  2. Open the plugin manager dialog (Menu: File > Settings > Plugins)
  3. Click Install plugin from disk button to open the Choose Plugin file dialog.
  4. Select the ZIP file and click OK to close the dialog.
  5. Click OK to close the Settings dialog.
  6. Restart IntelliJ IDEA.

c) Manual installation

  1. Download JFormDesigner-x.x-intellij-idea.zip
  2. Quit IntelliJ IDEA.
  3. Extract the ZIP file (JFormDesigner-x.x-intellij-idea.zip) into one of IntelliJ IDEA's plugins folders. Either into <user-home>/.IntelliJIdeaXX/config/plugins or into <intellij-idea-install>/plugins:
    <user-home>/.IntelliJIdeaXX/config/plugins/ or <intellij-idea-install>/plugins/
        JFormDesigner/
            help/...
            lib/...
            redist/...
            README.html, LICENSE.html, ...
  4. Start IntelliJ IDEA.

JDeveloper plug-in

  1. Start JDeveloper.
  2. Open the Check for Updates dialog (Menu: Help > Check for Updates)
  3. Select the Install From Local File checkbox.
  4. Use the Browse button to select the ZIP file.
  5. Click Next and Finish to start the installation.
  6. Restart JDeveloper.

JBuilder 2005/2006 plug-in

  1. Download JFormDesigner-x.x-jbuilder.zip
  2. Quit JBuilder.
  3. Extract the ZIP file (JFormDesigner-x.x-jbuilder.zip) into the JBuilder <jbuilder-install>/lib/ext folder:
    <jbuilder-install>/lib/ext/
        JFormDesigner-JBuilder.jar
        JFormDesigner/
            README.html, LICENSE.html, redist/, ...
  4. Start JBuilder