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Grep Console (Eclipse Plug-in)

Warning: This is an old version of Grep Console. You can find the current version here.

Developers usually have their programs write log and debug information to the standard output during coding and testing. This results in a lot of text being printed to Eclipse's console view, often more than can be easily surveyed. Since at any given time, only a small part of this information is of primary interest to the developer, a tool which highlights specific lines or words can significantly increase the readability of this output.

Grep Console allows you to define a series of regular expressions which will be tested against the console output. Each expression matching a line will affect the style of either the entire line or parts of it. For example, error messages could be set to show up with a red background, or integer values showing the state of a certain variable could be rendered in bold font.


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Grep Console requires Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede) or higher and Java 5.0 or higher.


To install Grep Console from the Update Site, select Help/Software Updates/Available Software from your Eclipse menu and click Add Site to add the following URL:

You can now open the site in the list of available software, check Grep Console and click Install to begin the installation process.


Grep Console is licensed under the terms of the Eclipse Public License v1.0.

User Guide

You can read the user guide online.


Version 2.0.4

  • Bugfix: Null pointer exception when using quantified groups.

Version 2.0.3

  • Working support for Java 5.

Version 2.0.2

  • Support for Java 5.

Version 2.0.1

  • Support for text consoles not derived for the TextConsole class (e.g. the C Builder Console).

Version 2.0

  • First official release.

Version 1.0

  • Not officially released.


Please refer to the download page to find downloads for Grep Console. Note: When following the installation instructions above, no separate download is necessary.