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titleFeb 1, 2023

 GitHub has a security announcement about Atom, the text editor used by MetaEd. If you have the latest version, they recommend downgrading to 1.60.0

 : We are pleased to release MetaEd 3.2.0

: We are pleased to release MetaEd 4.0, now running on Visual Studio Code instead of Atom. We strongly recommend that everyone in the community move from the Atom-based version to this new one using Visual Studio Code. Existing users: please see MetaEd IDE - Upgrading to MetaEd 4.x.

MetaEd is a technology framework that uses an Ed-Fi-aligned domain specific language (DSL) to auto-generate software, database, and data standard artifacts.

The internal Ed-Fi Alliance team uses MetaEd to define and produce core components such as the Ed-Fi Standard Interchange Schema (XSD files), the Ed-Fi ODS (SQL Scripts), and technical documentation from a single source definition written in the MetaEd DSL.

A version of MetaEd called the MetaEd IDE supports the generation of Ed-Fi Extensions and all related artifacts. The MetaEd IDE is freely available to Ed-Fi community members.


On June 6, 2022, GitHub announced that Atom will officially close down on December 15, 2022.

The Ed-Fi Alliance is aware of this change and plans to change MetaEd-IDE over to run with Visual Studio Code instead of Atom in 2023. In the meantime, we expect that the Atom-based distribution will continue to run without any problems.

Roadmap: VS Code support will be in MetaEd 4.0, with plans to release as soon as possible in the first quarter of 2023.

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Documentation for MetaEd is viewable online:



All downloadable resources for MetaEd and the MetaEd IDE are available on the Downloads page.