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As result of a bachelor thesis at the HSR University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil, Institute for Software, three students had implemented refactoring features for the Groovy-Eclipse plugin. The code is refactoring features are available in a branch version 1.5.7 of the groovy-eclipse code. After a successful testing phase, the refactoring feature will be included into the official groovy-eclipse plugin. So please try out this version of the plugin.Groovy-Eclipse Plug-in. The most needed Refactorings are implemented yet. If you find bugs, or have ideas if improvement please create an issue in Jira for the component "Refactoring" 

New Features

  • Refactorings
    • Extract Method
    • Inline Method
    • Rename Local
    • Rename Method
    • Rename Class
    • Rename Field
  • Tools
    • Source Code Formatter
    • Hierarchy View
    Planed Features for Groovy
    • (experimental)


The refactoring features are now available in the Groovy-Eclipse Plug-in version 1.5.7




More information about this project project can be found on the project website of this project


Demonstration of the key features are available as Flash Videos Flash Videos Refactoring in Groovy-Eclipse


 A simple documentation of the Refactoring features can be found in chapter 9.7 in the appendix of our documentation.