Minimum set of plug-ins for Eclipse RCP

There has been a lot of confusion about the RCP and the number of plug-ins. Does org.eclipse.core.resources or org.eclipse.ui.ide a part of the RCP plug-ins.

As i have seen and built the RCP applications…there are only TWO plug-ins needed for a RCP application.

  • org.eclipse.ui
  • org.eclipse.core.runtime

But on the other hand as given by, following are the set of plug-ins that are officially part of teh eclipse RCP distribution…


  • org.eclipse.core.runtime
  • org.eclipse.osgi


  • org.eclipse.swt
  • + platform-specific fragments, e.g. org.eclipse.swt.win32


  • org.eclipse.jface


  • org.eclipse.ui
  • org.eclipse.ui.workbench

Other prerequisites for the Workbench:

  • org.eclipse.core.expressions

In the end, as an application developer or an analyst, its YOU who have to decide wether to include the other stuff or not. In my experience of tool development, initially we started it as RCP and ended in full blown Eclipse application (with resourcemanagement, undate site, search, help, etc…).

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