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An Eclipse Orion server based on Node.js and connect.

Orion (10.0)

A minimal, single-user deployment of Eclipse Orion. Orion provides an extensible IDE that runs in your browser. It's particularly good for writing Javascript.

  • Basic file management
  • Source code editing
  • Install plugins to customize your environment
  • Fully featured web shell provided by pty.js (OS X and Linux only)
  • Experimental git support based on nodegit (optional [add-on](#Adding Git support))

For full instructions, see the Getting Started guide.

  • Run npm install orion.
    • Or if you prefer, install from source: checkout the repo from GitHub or, then run cd modules/orionode && npm install.
  • Want Git features? Read the [next section](#Adding Git support).
  1. Browse to the directory where you installed Orion, usually node_modules/orion/.
  2. Edit the orion.conf file. Uncomment the following line, replacing the password with something of your choice:

This prevents unauthorized access to your Orion server.

  1. Run npm start orion or node [node_modules]/orion/server.js.
  2. Go to http://localhost:8081 to use Orion. You will be prompted with a basic auth dialog; enter the password you chose earlier.

The port number can be changed by passing the -p argument.

If you installed Orion as a global package with npm install -g orion, you can run the command orion from any directory (rather than npm start orion as outlined above.) Orion will then start using your current directory (or a directory you specify on the command line) as the location. See the Getting Started guide for more details.

The Orion Node server has limited support for Orion's rich Git user interface. This is a brand new feature, so expect some incomplete workflows and rough edges. To try it out:

  • cd to the directory where you installed the Orion Node server. (If you installed from source, cd into the modules/orionode folder.)
  • Run npm install nodegit@~0.4.0
  • Grab a coffee while libgit2 is downloaded/compiled.
  • [Run the server](#Running the server) as usual.
  • Click the git icon on the toolbar to access the Git Repository page. From here you can clone repos into your workspace, commit changes, and more!
  • Cloning repos with ssh:// and git: URLs does not work. HTTP/HTTPS does work.
  • Clicking an outgoing commit shows no details in the right-hand pane.
  • origin/master shown as "new branch" when it's not new.
  • All commits are shown in Outgoing, even those that belong under History.
  • Outoging commit log shows "More commits" link even when the end has been reached.

Use require('orion') to get access to our startServer function, which is suitable for use within a larger connect project:

var orion = require('orion');
var connect = require('connect');
var myapp = connect()
.use(orion({ workspaceDir: '.myworkspace' }))
/* .use( additional handlers ) */

We use Mocha for our tests. Run npm test or mocha.

Dual-licensed under the Eclipse Public License v1.0 and the Eclipse Distribution License v1.0.