Command Reference : Add-ins : Getting Started with Add-ins
Getting Started with Add-ins
The easiest way to get started with Add-ins is to download and install one of the previously written Add-ins packages from the EViews website. Simply go to the main menu in EViews and select Add-ins/Download Add-ins...
EViews will open the corresponding Add-ins dialog opened to the Available tab showing the list of Add-ins that are available for download from the website. The list shows the name of the Add-in, the publication date, version, and status. The status field indicates whether the entry has not been installed (blank), has previously been installed, or has previously been installed and is out-of-date.
Select the desired entry to display additional information in the bottom of the dialog and to enable the Install button. Clicking on Install instructs EViews to download the Add-in and begin the installation procedure. (Alternately, you may click on the Website button and follow the navigation links to the Add-ins page. Download the appropriate file to your computer then open it using EViews by double-clicking on the file or dropping it onto the EViews application window or the application icon.)
The first step in the installation procedure is to unpack the Add-in files onto your computer. By default, EViews will put the files in a sub-folder of your default directory (see “Managing Add-ins”), but you may choose an alternate location if desired (you may use the “...” button on the right-hand side to navigate to a specific directory). Click on OK to proceed.
Note that if you manually downloaded the Add-in from the EViews website, you need not use EViews to unpack the files. You may instead change the download file extension from “AIPZ” to “ZIP” and use your favorite ZIP file tools to extract the contents into the desired directory.
Next, EViews will prompt you to run the installation program that is included in the Add-in package.
The installation program is a file containing EViews commands that automatically registers the Add-in by defining menu entries and commands for the program.
If you click on No in response to the prompt, EViews will finish the automatic installation procedure without running the installation program and registering the Add-in. The Add-in program files will be on your computer but will not be integrated into the standard command or menu interface. You may, at a later time, examine and run the installation program as you would any other EViews program, or you may manually register your programs as described in “Registering an Add-in”.
Click on Yes to display other add-in options and to finish registering the Add-in. If there are conflicts with existing directory names or existing Add-ins, EViews will warn you before proceeding.
After completion of the automatic installation procedure, EViews will report that the Add-in was installed successfully:
We note that installing and running an EViews program file provided by an unknown individual has risks. Accordingly, we recommend that care be taken when installing packages from non-trusted sites. All of the packages provided on the EViews website have been examined to ensure that they do not include potentially harmful commands.
Once your Add-in is installed, you may wish to consult the Add-in documentation to obtain additional information on features, options, and commands. Open the Add-ins management dialog by selecting Add-ins/Manage Add-ins... from the main EViews menu, select the Add-in of interest and click on the Docs button to display any documentation provided by the author: