DBeaver is an Eclipse RCP application.
It consists of a set of Eclipse plugins, features and products.

Opening workspace in Eclipse

You will need to setup "Eclipse for RCP and RAP developers". Currently default Eclipse version is Eclipse 2018-09. Build may fail on newer or older versions. Then you will need to install a few additional Eclipse plugins which DBeaver depends on (and which are not included in the standard Eclipse distribution):

  1. Open main menu Help -> Install New Software

  2. Copy http://dbeaver.io/eclipse-repo/ into "Work with" field and press enter

  3. Check all plugins and finish the installation process:

  4. Do the same for http://eclipse-color-theme.github.com/update

  5. Restart Eclipse

  6. Checkout DBeaver repository somewhere with git clone https://github.com/dbeaver/dbeaver.git command.

  7. In Eclipse run Import wizard

  8. Choose "General->Existing Maven Projects".

  9. Select DBeaver checkout directory. Check all plugins and features Eclipse will find and finish the wizard.

  10. Eclipse will perform project configuration process. This may take a few minutes.

  11. If Eclipse will ask about additional plugin install - just agree:

  12. Restart Eclipse. Eclipse will build project automatically or you can press Ctrl+B

  13. Switch to Hierarchical projects presentations

  14. If some modules build will fail (they will be marked with red cross) - update Maven project

Running and Debugging in Eclipse

  1. Import DBeaver launch configuration using Eclipse Import wizard:
  2. Click on Debug icon in the main toolbar->Debug configurations.
  3. Choose DBeaver.product and click Debug button

If product won't start with No application id has been found error try this workaround: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/13575695/eclipse-rcp-no-application-id-has-been-found

What you need to do is go to your Run Configurations (Run -> Run Configurations). Select the Plug-ins tab and then hit "Add Required Plug-ins". Apply, then Run, and it should work now.

That's it.

Sources structure:

  • docs - some documentations (mostly outdated)
  • features - feature descriptors. Doesn't contain any source code. Used to structurize product plugins/dependencies.
  • bundles - very base plugins (like utils)
  • plugins - main sources location
  • org.jkiss.dbeaver.model - model API and base classes. Doesn't contain any UI dependencies, just pure data model.
  • org.jkiss.dbeaver.core - main DBeaver module. Most of base UI classes are here.
  • org.jkiss.dbeaver.core.application - relatively small module which configures standalone DBeaver application.
  • org.jkiss.dbeaver.core.eclipse - main Eclipse plugin. Adds some extra menus/views to standard Eclipse IDE.
  • org.jkiss.dbeaver.ext.* - DBeaver extensions
  • product - final products (standalone and Eclipse plugin) configuration.


Everything above covers Community Edition version.