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How to programmatically retrieve your plug-ins' version number

Technote (FAQ)


How can you programmatically retrieve the version number of your plug-ins from the Help > About IBM Rational Software Architect for WebSphere... > Installation Details > Installed Software list in IBM Rational Software Architect?


You would like to be able to use Java code to get the plug-in information.



There are a couple of possible answers to this question:

  • Use org.osgi.framework.BundleContext.getBundles(), for example, from your activator class inside your plugin in order to retrieve all the plug-ins

  • Use the following code in order to retrieve the plugins by features:
    IBundleGroupProvider[] providers = Platform.getBundleGroupProviders();

    if (providers != null) {

     for (int i = 0; i < providers.length; ++i) {

      IBundleGroup[] bundleGroups = providers[i].getBundleGroups(); //bundle //group is the same as feature

      for (int j = 0; j < bundleGroups.length; ++j) {

   Bundle[] bundles = bundleGroups[j].getBundles();

       for (int k = 0; k < bundles.length; ++k) {






    NOTE: Each of these two solutions might give different set of plugins, as not all plugins need to be grouped in features.

Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Software Development Rational Software Architect for WebSphere Software Eclipse Windows 8.5, 8.5.1

Document information

More support for: Rational Software Architect

Software version: 8.5, 8.5.1

Operating system(s): Windows

Reference #: 1625777

Modified date: 18 February 2013

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