Create and Run Your First ZK Application with Eclipse and ZK Studio

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Create and Run Your First ZK Application with Eclipse and ZK Studio

ZK Studio is an Eclipse plugin to simplify the development of ZK applications with Eclipse.

If you prefer to install it manually or use with other IDE, please refer to Create and Run Your First ZK Application manually.

Prepare Eclipse

Install Eclipse

  1. Visit Eclipse download page and download Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers
  2. Uncompress it to a proper directory
  3. Then, eclipse is ready to start.
    • For example, you could double-click eclipse.exe to start Eclipse under Windows.

Install ZK Studio

Follow ZK Studio Installation Guide to install ZK Studio.

Defining a Server Runtime

Before deploying and testing your application, you have to install a Web server (such as Tomcat) and specify the server in eclipse. For the information of installing a server, please refer to ZK Installation Guide/Setting up Servers/Tomcat.

To specify the server in eclipse, please do as follows.

  1. From menu goto Windows > Preferences...
  2. Select Server > Runtime Environments, then click Add
  3. Select Apache > Apache Tomcat v6.0 and click Next
  4. Browse to and select the root directory of the Web server installed in your computer
    • For example, the root directory of Apache Tomcat might be C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Tomcat 6.0
    • For how to install Tomcat, please refer to this section
  5. Click Finish

Create a "Hello World" application from scratch with ZK Sutdio

Create a new "ZK Project"

With the release of ZK Studio you no longer have to create a new Dynamic Web Project and configure the settings for ZK! You can create a new ZK Project, choose your ZK Package and sit back while ZK Studio does the rest for you.

The following swf demonstrates how to create a new ZK project using Eclipse 3.4 and ZK Studio:

For detailed steps, please refer to Create a New ZK Project

Create a new ZUL file

1. Right click on the WebContent folder in the Project Explorer view or the Package Explorer view and select New > ZUL.


2. Type test.zul in the File name textbox and click Finish.


3. The newly created ZUL File will be opened in the ZUL Editor.


Run the application

1. Right click on the MyApp project in explorer and in the Menu dialog select Run As > Run on Server


2. Select Apache > Tomcat v6.0 Server in server type dialog and then click Finish


3. See the result in your browser.


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