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Here is an overview of the extensions of ZK. They are optional. If you are new to ZK and prefer have some knowledge of ZK first, you could skip this section and come back later after you understand ZK more.

There are hundreds of projects which extend ZK's functionality by boosting programmer productivity, providing sample code and many others. For more projects, you could search Google Code,, GitHub, ZK Forge etc.

IDE and Tools

ZK Studio

ZK Studio is a visual integrated development environment for developing ZK applications with Eclipse IDE.


REM is a NetBeans module for ZK. It simplifies the development of ZK with NetBeans IDE.


ZTL is a testing toll to automate ZK tests including unit testing and screen-image comparison.


ZK CDT is a component development tool which provides wizards to simplify the creation of ZK components.

ZK Jet

ZK Jet is a browser extension that works Firefox and Google Chrome. This provides users with a ZK sandbox environment.


Use this plugin's embedded Jetty distribution to run web applications in Eclipse. This helps to speed up ZK development by minimizing the deployment time. The project is maintained by Tony Wang, a member of the ZK Team.

Libraries and Integrations

ZK Spring

ZK Spring integrates ZK and Spring framework. It supports Spring, Spring Security, and Spring Web Flow.


ZK JSP Tags is a collection of JSP tags built upon ZK components, such as that developers could use ZK components and other JSP tags in the same JSP page.


ZKGrails is a ZK plugin for the next generation rapid Web development framework, Grails.

ZK UI Plugin for Grails

ZK UI plugin, similar to ZKGrails, can be seamlessly integrated ZK with Grails. It uses the Grails' infrastructures, such as gsp and controllers.


ZEST is a lightweight MVC and REST framework which provides an additional page-level MVC pattern to isolate the request's URI, controller and view (such as ZUML document).

ZK Web Flow

ZK Web Flow provides Ajax-based web flow mechanisms for rich applications.


ZK CDI is integrated with ZK and JBoss Weld CDI RI.

ZK Seam

ZK Seam integrates ZK and Seam.

Components and Themes

ZK Themes

ZK Themes is a collection of various themes, including breeze, silvertail and sapphire.

ZK Spreadsheet

ZK Spreadsheet is a ZK component delivering functionalities found in Microsoft Excel to ZK applications.

ZK Pivottable

ZK Pivottable is a ZK component for data summarization that sorts and sums independent of the original data layout.

ZK Calendar

ZK Calendar is a ZK component enabling rich and intuitive scheduling functionality to ZK applications.


Canvas4Z is an experimental component that leverages the power of HTML5 Canvas to draw arbitrary shapes and objects on the browser.

ZK Incubator Widgets

ZK Incubator Widgets hosts a collection of the incubator widgets, tools and addons.

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