Equinox (OSGi)

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Developer(s)Free and open source software community
Stable release
4.13 / September 16, 2019; 23 months ago (2019-09-16)[1]
Written inJava
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeOSGi Service Platform
LicenseEclipse Public License

In computing, Equinox is a sub-project of the Eclipse project that provides a certified implementation of the OSGi R4.x core framework specification.[2] It is a module runtime that allows developers to implement an application as a set of "bundles" using the common services infrastructure.

Equinox began as a project to replace the original Eclipse plug-in runtime in version 3.0 of Eclipse (c. 2004). The open source project was seeded with code donated by IBM's Service Management Framework (SMF) product team[clarify]. It was further developed to meet the needs of the Eclipse community. The adaptations were made into the OSGi specification process, with many being incorporated in the R4 release of the OSGi framework specification. Since then, Equinox has been the reference implementation for the OSGi framework specification.


  • McAffer, Jeff; VanderLei, Paul; Archer, Simon (February 2010). "OSGi and Equinox: Creating Highly Modular Java Systems" (1st ed.). Addison-Wesley Professional: 480. ISBN 0-321-58571-2. Archived from the original on 2009-03-08. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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  1. ^ "Equinox Release Build: 4.13". Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "OSGi Alliance Certified Products". OSGi Alliance Site. Archived from the original on 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2008-10-03.

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