The Silk4J toolbar icon does not display on launching Eclipse

The Silk4J toolbar icon does not display on launching Eclipse

If the Silk4J toolbar icon does not appear when launching Eclipse it can be an indication that the "silk4j.link" file stored in the dropins folder of the Eclipse installation does not exist or points to the incorrect location of your SilkTest installation.

If the said file does not exist in the dropins folder, create it and open it with a text editor of your choice. Add the following line to the said file and save it:

path=C:/Program Files (x86)/Silk/SilkTest/ng/Silk4J

*If you installed SilkTest to a directory other than the one listed above, modify the path as required.

If the silk4j.link file is present, open it with a text editor of your choice and verify that the path points to the correct location of your SilkTest installation.

Launch Eclipse and verify if the Silk4J toolbar displays correctly as shown below:


If the Silk4J toolbar is still not displayed, open a command prompt and change directory to your Eclipse installation and execute the following command:

eclipse.exe -clean -initialize

This should force Eclipse to refresh and clear the caches and data structure associated with the current configuration. When the above command has completed, launch Eclipse and verify if the Silk4J toolbar now displayed correctly.


If, again, the Silk4J toolbar does not display we must run Eclipse in debug mode. To do this:

  1. Create an *.options file on your system and open it in a text editor of your choosing, e.g. eclipse.options
  2. Paste the following 2 lines into the said options file and save the changes:

    org.eclipse.equinox.p2.core/debug=true 
    org.eclipse.equinox.p2.core/reconciler=true

  3. Open a command prompt and change directory to your Eclipse installation
  4. Execute the following command:

    eclipse.exe -clean -console -consoleLog -debug C:\eclipse.options

    *Modify the path "C:\eclipse.options" to point to the options file you created

  5. If the Silk4J toolbar icon now displays in debug mode, simply close and re-open Eclipse normally and verify the plugin now displays


If after trying all of the above, the Silk4J toolbar does not display, try downloading a new Eclipse environment and verify if the Silk4J toolbar displays correctly after adding the silk4j.link file to the dropins folder .

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