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This How-To is for all Virtual Developer generator producers planing to develop Virtual Developer Generators with the Virtual Developer IDE.

Within this article you’ll find a step by step guide how to install the Virtual Developer IDE.


You need a valid Virtual Developer license to get a username and password for our repositories. If you’re interested please contact us.

Step-by-step guide

  1. Download Eclipse Installer from and install it if not present on your system already.

    1. On MacOS X

      • Download the archive file from the website
      • Extract the archive to the /Applications/ folder on your local storage
    2. On Microsoft Windows

      • Download the self extracting exe file from the website
      • Start the downloaded exe file
      • Open the menu on the top right Install local
      • Switch to the Advanced Mode Advanced Mode
      • In the next dialog choose the option to install locally Install locally
      • Install the Eclipse Installer locally to a directory of your choice Choose installation path
      • Switch back to Simple Mode with the icon on the left bottom Simple Mode
      • Stop the Eclipse Installer
  2. Open the eclipse-ins.ini file from the Eclipse Installer installation directory in an editor of your choice and add the following lines to the end of the file


    1. On MacOS X

      • You’ll find the eclipse-ins.ini file in the folder /Applications/Eclipse
    2. On Microsoft Windows

      • You’ll find the eclipse-ins.ini file in the folder you choose for installation in step 1
  3. Start the Eclipse Installer now from the installtion path and open the menu on the top right

    Start Eclipse Installer

  4. Open the Products Catalog… menu

    Products Catalog

    Please select the Generative Software GmbH Products check box and confirm your selection with OK button

  5. Search for the Virtual Developer IDE for Generator Developers installable

    VD IDE

    Please select the Virtual Developer IDE for Generator Developers item

  6. Setup the installation properties

    Java + installation path


    During the installation process you will be asked for your credentials provided with the Virtual Developer license

    Eclipse license

    Also the eclipse licenses needs to be Accept and the unsigned bundles needs to be confirmed to finish the installation process

  7. Launch the new eclipse instance

    Launch VD IDE

    Please launch your new Virtual Developer IDE with the green LAUNCH button

  8. Open menu Windows -> Show View and open the Project Configuration and Target file list view to start working.

    Open views