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Loading your own plug-ins into Notes 8

Notes 8 is build using Lotus Expeditor which is an Eclipse RCP application.
So theoretically you should be able to load your own plug-ins (which might not even be Notes related). Of course this is utterly not supported <g> (The supported way is to have the admin pushing them out to you). The functionality to point to an Eclipse Updates site is by default switched off. To switch it on locate this file: <notes install dir>\framework\rcp\plugin_customization.ini

Add one line: com.ibm.notes.branding/enable.update.ui=true

and restart the Notes client. You will get access to the standard Eclipse Update site dialog here:

loading Plugins

It would be interesting to hear what plug-ins work ( Azureus anyone)

Posted by on 29 March 2007 | Comments (4) | categories: Show-N-Tell Thursday


  1. posted by Nathan T. Freeman on Friday 30 March 2007 AD:
    It's not *supported*? But the Domino server is specifically architected to permit provisioning of plug-ins from Domino itself. So clearly there's SOMETHING supported there.
  2. posted by Stephan H. Wissel on Friday 30 March 2007 AD:
    @Nathan: Not in the Beta. And "not supported" doesn't mean "does not work". It's just that you do that on your own risk.
  3. posted by Dan Sickles on Sunday 01 April 2007 AD:
    IBM has posted several articles on how to do it. They show exactly how to get your new/existing plug-ins to work in Notes8 including how to setup Notes8 as the target platform for the Eclipse IDE. I think non Notes related apps are one of the killer features of the Notes8 client whether they integrate as composite apps or not.
  4. posted by Markus Thielmann on Sunday 01 April 2007 AD:
    Thank you so much Stephan. Half an hour ago I thought if this might be possible, but didn't find any valuable information. Until now. Keep the good work up. Thanks again!