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Netbeans IDE plugin to support Protocol Buffers

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Current version of the plugin is: 2.0.0 (with protobuf-generator patched to 2.0.2).

Look at the Changelog to track the history of the plugin.


2010-06-21 - Version 2.1.0 has been just released

  • Supports Netbeans 6.9
  • Added protobuf 2.3.0

2009-08-26 - Version 2.0.0 has been just released

The plugin supports integration with the project's build lifecycle. You can set (in project's properties) that the protobuf sources should be generated just before compilation of the project. The generated sources are stored in a special target directories (supported by netbeans 6.7).

See changelog for more details.

About Protocol Buffers

"Protocol Buffers are a way of encoding structured data in an efficient yet extensible format. Google uses Protocol Buffers for almost all of its internal RPC protocols and file formats." [ Quoted from and go there to learn more ].


*.proto files edytor with syntax checking and context aware code completion

Error marks in the editor

Syntax navigation

Simply Java code from *.proto files generation

*.proto file templates



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1. Install Protocol Buffers:

2. Run NetBeans IDE (6.5+)

3. Select Menu: Tools -> Plugins

4. Select "Settings" tab

5. Click "Add" button

6. Enter name: "Protobuf plugin update center" and URL:

7. Go to "Available plugins" tab

8. Select:

  • ProtobufTemplates
  • ProtobufGenerator
  • ProtobufConfiguration
  • ProtobufEditor

9. Click "Install" button

10. Close "Plugins" window

11. Select menu "Tools" -> "Options"

12. Select "Miscellaneous" tab

13. Select "Protocol Buffers" tab

14. Click "Browse" button

15. Navigate to your protoc(.exe on windows) executable

16. OK.

17. Enjoy.


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