Using IBM Domino Designer for XPages on Bluemix

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IBM Domino Designer is the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) used for XPages application development. To complement the release of the XPages runtime, service, and boilerplate on Bluemix last month, additional Bluemix tooling was released for Domino Designer, via the open source XPages Extension Library. This tooling gives XPages application developers the ability to:

  • Quickly configure an XPages application for Bluemix deployment.
  • Deploy your XPages application to Bluemix with one click.
  • Launch your XPages Bluemix in a browser from Domino Designer.
  • Customize the settings and configuration of your Bluemix application with the Manifest File Editor

Below we provide two new tutorial videos for Domino Designer and Bluemix. The first video describes the features of the new Bluemix tooling. The second video describes how to use Domino Designer to work with the XPages NoSQL Database service on Bluemix.

Domino Designer Bluemix Tooling

This video tutorial takes an in-depth look at the new Domino Designer Bluemix tooling. It explains the new Bluemix preferences and guides you through the process of deploying a simple application while pointing out pitfalls to avoid along the way.

Managing the XPages NoSQL Database Service with Domino Designer

This video tutorial shows you how to connect Domino Designer to the back-end database provided by the XPages NoSQL Database service and then guides you through the process of replacing it with your own data.

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Get Started

To start developing XPages applications for Bluemix in Domino Designer, use the following steps:

  1. If you don’t already have a Bluemix account, go to and click on sign up in the upper right corner.
  2. Download and install IBM Domino Designer, which is freely available from:
  3. Install the XPages Extension Library to Designer, release 901_v13 or later. This library release installs the new Bluemix tooling. You can get it from OpenNTF: Follow the instructions in the README file to install the Extension Library to Designer.
  4. Create a new XPages runtime application, XPages boiler plate application, or XPages NoSQL Database service.
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