Experience Manager Developer Tools for Eclipse is an Eclipse plugin based on the Eclipse plugin for Apache Sling released under the Apache License 2.
It offers several features that make AEM development easier:
Before using the AEM Developer Tools, you need to:
eclipse.iniconfiguration file as described in the Eclipse FAQ.
On macOS, you need to right-click Eclipse.app, and then select Show Package Contents to find your
When you have fulfilled the requirements above, you can install the plugin as follows:
Open the AEM Developer Tools Web Site.
Copy the Installation Link.
Alternatively you can download an archive instead of using the installation link. This method allows offline installation but you do not receive miss automatic update notifications this way.
In Eclipse, open the Help menu.
Click Install New Software.
In the Name field, enter
AEM Developer Tools.
In the Location field, copy the installation URL.
Check both AEM and Sling plugins.
In the Install Details window, click Next again.
Accept the license agreements and click Finish.
Click RestartNow to restart Eclipse.
In Eclipse, a Perspective determines the actions and views available within a window and enables task-oriented interaction with resources in Eclipse. For more details about Perspective, see the Eclipse documentation.
Experience Manager Development Tools for Eclipse provide an AEM Perspective that offers you full control over your AEM Projects and instances. To open the AEM Perspective:
The Experience Manager Developer Tools for Eclipse comes with a sample, multi-module project that helps you quickly get up to speed with a project setup in Eclipse. It also serves as a best-practice guide to several AEM features. Learn more about the Project Archetype.
Follow these steps to create the sample project:
In the File > New > Project menu, browse to the AEM section and select AEM Sample Multi-Module Project.
This step might take a moment because m2eclipse must scan the archetype catalogs.
com.adobe.granite.archetypes : sample-project-archetype : <highest-number> from the menu, then click Next.
Provide the following fields for the sample project:
You then configure an AEM server to which Eclipse connects.
To use the debugger feature, you need to have started AEM in debug mode - which can be achieved, for by adding the following to the command line:
Click Finish. The project structure is created.
On a fresh installation (more specifically, when maven dependencies have never been downloaded) you might get the project created with errors. In this case, follow the procedure describe in Resolving Invalid Project Definition.
You can use the New Project feature to create the right structure for you:
Follow the instructions to create a Sample Multi-Module Project and you have the following projects created for you, which permit a healthy separation of concerns:
/contentthat is authored
PROJECT.corefor Java™ bundles (these become interesting when you want to add Java™ code)
PROJECT.it.testsfor integration tests
Replace the content of your
PROJECT.ui.apps project with the
etc folders of your package:
appsfolder and choose Show In > System Explorer.
etcfolders that you should now see and place here the
etcfolders of your content package.
PROJECT.ui.appsproject and choose Refresh.
Then do the same for the
PROJECT.ui.content and replace its content folder with the one of your packages:
PROJECT.ui.contentproject and choose Refresh.
Now you have to update the
filter.xml files of these two projects to correspond to the content of your content package. For that, open the
META-INF/vault/filter.xml file of your content package in a separate text/code editor.
filter.xmlfile can look:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <workspaceFilter version="1.0"> <filter root="/apps/foo"/> <filter root="/apps/foundation/components/bar"/> <filter root="/etc/designs/foo"/> <filter root="/content/foo"/> <filter root="/content/dam/foo"/> <filter root="/content/usergenerated/content/foo"/> </workspaceFilter>
As for the content of your package that was split into two projects, you must also split these filter rules into two and update accordingly the
filter.xml files of the two projects.
In Eclipse, open
Replace the content of the
<workspaceFilter> element with the rules of your package that start with
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <workspaceFilter version="1.0"> <filter root="/apps/foo"/> <filter root="/apps/foundation/components/bar"/> <filter root="/etc/designs/foo"/> </workspaceFilter>
Replace the rules with the ones of your package that start with
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <workspaceFilter version="1.0"> <filter root="/content/foo"/> <filter root="/content/dam/foo"/> <filter root="/content/usergenerated/content/foo"/> </workspaceFilter>
Make sure to save all your changes. You can now synchronize that new content to your AEM instance.
In the Servers panel, make sure that your connection is started, and if not start it.
Click the Clean and Publish icon.
Once done, you should have your package running on your instance, and on save, any change automatically gets synchronized to the instance.
If you want to re-build a package out of your project, right-click the
PROJECT.ui.content and choose Run As > Maven Install.
You now have a target folder created with your package inside (called, for example
To resolve invalid dependencies and project definition proceed as follows:
Eclipse downloads the required dependencies. This may take a moment.
The official Apache Sling IDE tooling for Eclipse website provides you with useful information:
The following official Eclipse documentation can help to set up your environment: