Software product lines (SPL) have a long tradition and will gain momentum in the future. Today's research tries to
move software development to a new quality of industrial production. Several solutions concerning different phases
of the software development process have been proposed in order to cope with different problems of product-line development.
A major problem of product-line engineering is still the missing tool support. The vision is an integrated development environment (IDE) that brings all phases of the development process together, consistently and in a user-friendly manner.
FeatureIDE is an Eclipse-based IDE that supports all phases of feature-oriented software development for the development of SPLs: domain analysis, domain design, domain implementation, requirements analysis, software generation, and quality assurance. Different SPL implementation techniques are integrated such as feature-oriented programming (FOP), aspect-oriented programming (AOP), preprocessors, and plug-ins.
Since 2007 we received support request from the following cities:
In the following, we only report selected publications with the main aim to demonstrate or describe FeatureIDE's functionality. For a more complete list of publications on the FeatureIDE functionality, we refer to Google Scholar.
Mustafa Al-Hajjaji, Jens Meinicke,
Sebastian Krieter, Reimar Schröter, Thomas Thüm, Thomas Leich, and
Tool Demo: Testing Configurable Systems with FeatureIDE.
In Proceedings of the International Conference on Generative Programming:
Concepts & Experiences (GPCE), pages 173–177, New York, NY, USA,
October 2016. ACM.
Jens Meinicke, Thomas Thüm, Reimar
Schröter, Sebastian Krieter, Fabian Benduhn, Gunter Saake, and Thomas
FeatureIDE: Taming the Preprocessor Wilderness.
In Proceedings of the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), pages 629-632, New York, NY, USA. May 2016. ACM.
FeatureIDE: Development - How to extend FeatureIDE, i.e., how is the SVN organized and which plug-in implements which functionalities
Please check out the tutorial by Jörg Liebig based on material by Don Batory
including videos explaining the usage.
You can download FeatureIDE in the Eclipse Marketplace by dragging the install button (on the right side) into your Eclipse or using Help > Eclipse Marketplace and then searching for FeatureIDE.
As there are many dependencies and installation is not always straightforward, we prepared special versions of Eclipse with all necessary plug-ins installed. In most cases, we took an existing Eclipse with JDT and then installed CDT, AJDT, and FeatureIDE. For a 32Bit version, Java 32Bit is required (even possible on a 64Bit machine). For a 64Bit version, Java 64Bit is required (only possible on a 64Bit machine).
ℹ️ Since Eclipse 2020-09 (4.17), Eclipse requires at least Java 11 to launch. This affects the prepackages of FeatureIDE starting with v3.6.4. However, FeatureIDE requires only Java 8 for now and can therefore be installed into older Eclipse versions (we recommend Eclipse 4.16) via the Eclipse Marketplace or the Update Site. Consult the Wiki for more information on these installation methods.
Select the features FeatureIDE, Feature Modeling, and the required FeatureIDE extensions. You may need to add further update sites to install FeatureIDE extensions. See table below.
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Supported Java and Eclipse Versions
Java 1.8 or higher is required since FeatureIDE v3.6.0. FeatureIDE v2.7.3 to v3.5.5 require at least Java 1.7. FeatureIDE v2.7.2 and earlier versions do only require Java 1.6.
If you do not have
Eclipse installed, you might
choose the Eclipse IDE for Java Developers in the current version. If you intend to extend Eclipse or FeatureIDE, we recommend Eclipse for Committers instead.
Compatibility of FeatureIDE plug-ins and Eclipse versions. The table contains links to the update sites of additional required plug-ins. As most extensions require JDT, it is omitted below.
* Depending on pre-installed plugins, there can be problems with installing Xtext. Check which version of Google Inject you have installed in your plugins folder:
com.google.inject_3.0.0.v201203063045.jar does not work.
T-wise generation with CASA is currently only available on Windows systems. If you however need to use it, contact us so we can find a solution.
All functionalities are tested under Windows, Mac, and Linux. However, FeatureIDE is mainly developed under Windows. If you have problems with FeatureIDE on your operating system, please do not hesitate to contact us or to use our bug tracker.
FeatureIDE is released under L-GPL license v3. The source code is available on GitHub. See also our bug tracker and
When importing the FeatureIDE plug-ins, a) deselect the checkbox for nested projects, and b) type 'plugins' into the filter. Then you can import the projects you need.
Open the FeatureIDE perspective in the right upper corner of the Eclipse window. You also may want to open the FeatureIDE cheat sheet using Help > Cheat Sheets... > FeatureIDE.
Why are the symbols in cross-tree constraints below the feature diagram are not displayed correctly?
Please make sure that the font Arial Unicode MS is installed on your operating system so that FeatureIDE can use it to display the cross-tree constraints.
How can I use external jar files in my FeatureIDE project?
For FeatureIDE 2.4 and older: Please create a folder named lib at the project root and insert all jar files which you intent to reference. The jar files are detected by the compiler and added as parameters if you run your FeatureIDE application.
For FeatureIDE 2.5 and newer: Right click the jar files in package explorer and add them to the Java build path.
How can I compare two different feature models in FeatureIDE?
Prepare two FeatureIDE projects (A and B) that contain the feature models you want to compare. Either edit them using FeatureIDE or import them from other formats, e.g., GUIDSL.
Open the feature model of project A, switch to the tab Source, and copy the whole document.
Open the feature model of project B, switch to the tab Source, and paste the clipboard.
Switch back to the tab Feature Diagram in editor of project B and the feature model edit view will show the results.
How can I import/export the feature model from/to other tools?
Select the file model.xml in Package Explorer and open the context menu, then choose FeatureIDE > Import/Export ...
How can I store my feature model to a bitmap graphic or PDF file?
Select or open your feature model and then choose File > Save As or File > Print. The latter option requires that you have a PDF printer installed and have a program to crop PDFs (such as Adobe Acrobat).
Note, that you can change the layout of the feature model since FeatureIDE 2.6 using Set Layout in the context menu of the feature model editor. There are pre-defined layouts, but you can also manually move features for compact positioning.