Setting profiles in the preferences dialog

I wondered if it’s possible to allow users to work with different profile settings. That would be beneficial, cause users then don’t have to remember different plug-in settings for various analytical scenarios. Eclipse offers to export/import *.epf files, hence there should be a way to automate this. Here’s the solution:


The preference service allows to export the currently used preferences:

public static void exportProfile(File file, IPreferenceFilter[] preferenceFilters) throws FileNotFoundException, CoreException {

	FileOutputStream fileOutputStream = new FileOutputStream(file);
	IPreferencesService preferencesService = Platform.getPreferencesService();
	preferencesService.exportPreferences(preferencesService.getRootNode(), preferenceFilters, fileOutputStream);

Importing stored preferences works similarly:

public static IStatus importProfile(File file) throws FileNotFoundException, CoreException {

	FileInputStream fileInputStream = new FileInputStream(file);
	IPreferencesService preferencesService = Platform.getPreferencesService();
	return preferencesService.importPreferences(fileInputStream);

It depends on you where to store the preference profiles. There’s only a small drawback when loading a profile within the preferences dialog. All pages are displaying the old and not updated profile values. Hence, the dialog needs to be restarted. This can be automated too from within a page.

IPreferencePageContainer preferencePageContainer = getContainer();
if(preferencePageContainer instanceof PreferenceDialog) {
	PreferenceDialog preferenceDialog = (PreferenceDialog)preferencePageContainer;
	preferenceDialog = PreferencesUtil.createPreferenceDialogOn(null, null, null, null);;

The more better it would be reload all page values without re-opening the preference dialog. But I didn’t find a way how to do it. Anyhow, it works so far.

About Philip Wenig

Founder of OpenChrom
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