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Eclipse IDE Installation & Configuration

 

 

At the time of this post, the latest Eclipse package version available to download is Eclipse 3.5.0. Eclipse releases are named after the moons of Jupiter, and each denotes a successive release. For Ex, Galileo is 3.5 which is the latest version, previous versions are Eclipse Ganymede which is Eclipse Version 3.4.0, and Eclipse Europa which is Eclipse Version 3.3.0. Eclipse is free for downloading. All you have to do is navigate to http://www.eclipse.org/downloads , chose and download the Eclipse package suitable for your requirements from one of the download mirrors available, such as:

  • Eclipse Classic 3.5.0 (The classic Eclipse download includes the Eclipse Platform, Java Development Tools, and Plug-in Development Environment, including source and both user and programmer documentation.)
  • Eclipse IDE for Java Developers (The essential tools for any Java developer, including a Java IDE, a CVS client, XML Editor and Mylyn)
  • Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers (If you want to develop web applications, you should download Eclipse IDE for Java EE DevelopersTools for Java developers creating Java EE and Web applications, including a Java IDE, tools for Java EE, JPA, JSF, Mylyn and others.)
  • Eclipse packages for PHP, C/C++ Developers, etc.

 

 

Since Eclipse is a Java program, you will need to have Java installed on your computer to run Eclipse [Refer to Java Installation & Configuration post for details]. Eclipse can run on a number of Java Virtual Machines. Eclipse officially recommends Java version 5 (also known as 1.5), although many Eclipse users use the newer version 6 (1.6).

Sun’s Java is available in two main distributions: the Java Runtime Engine (JRE) and the Java Development Kit (JDK). If you are using Eclipse for Java development, the JDK offers several advantages, including the availability of source code for the Java classes. If you are using Eclipse for something other than Java development, the JRE is all you need. Once you have a Java VM installed, you’re ready to work with Eclipse.

 

Download Instructions: 

Download a current stable build of Eclipse from the Eclipse web site; note that the installation file is large (over 120 MB)
There are a number of downloadable packages available, each a different “flavor” of Eclipse, which can be compared and contrasted from the Compare Eclipse Packages page. The recommended Eclipse package is the Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers. This recommendation is made for those who develop in other languages / on other platforms as well, for the following reasons:
The “slimmer” Eclipse IDE for Java Developers lacks data tools, testing support, and parts of the Web Standard Tookit useful to all Java web application developers
The Eclipse Classic seems like it ought to be “slimmer” but in fact it is a larger download than the JEE package. Downloading and installing this package, then picking and choosing among additional packages described on the Eclipse Classic page is a viable alternative, but requires each developer to spend time researching the contents and utility of the multiple options.
Other choices are appropriate for C/C++ or Eclipse Plug-in developers, but work of this kind is not currently in the IST-AS queue.
  • Download a current stable build of Eclipse from the Eclipse web site. Note that the installation file is large (about / above 100 MB)
  • There are a number of downloadable packages available, each a different “flavour” of Eclipse, and can be compared on the Compare Eclipse Packages page.
  • The recommended Eclipse package is the Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers.
  • The “slimmer” Eclipse IDE for Java Developers lacks data tools, testing support, and parts of the Web Standard Tookit useful to all Java web application developers.
  • The Eclipse Classic is a viable alternative, but requires each developer to spend time researching the contents and utility of the multiple options. Find documentation here.
  • Other choices are appropriate for C/C++ or Eclipse Plug-in developers.

 

Installation Instructions:

Installing Eclipse is not difficult at all. Just follow the steps below for more clarity.

  • Chose the required Eclipse version, Eclipse package (classic, Java, J2ee, C/C++ etc).
  • After clicking on your choice of Eclipse package, you need to select one of the download mirrors to download the Eclipse installer.
  • Save the Eclipse installer (which will be available in compressed format(zip/rar)) to any location on your computer.
  • unzip or unrar.
  • Executable file will be ready to run as soon as you uncompress Eclipse installer zip/rar. (eclipse.exe)
  • Double click eclipse.exe
  • Chose a workspace (location on your computer where your work will be stored).
  • Eclipse will load the necessary plugins and present the welcome screen.
  • Feel free to browse through the options presented in the welcome screen. But our main focus is workbench, so chose the workbench option, which will present your new workbench where you can create your projects and work on.

To install Eclipse, all you do is unpack the zip file download in the desired directory. No further work is required. Note that installing Eclipse does not change the Windows registry. If you’ve installed your JVM properly and unpacked the Eclipse archive correctly, you should be ready to run Eclipse for the first time. All binary distributions provide a launch application in the primary eclipse directory. The name of the launcher changes from platform to platform: eclipse.exe on Windows, eclipse on Solaris, and so on. The first time the Eclipse application is run, it will complete a few remaining install tasks (i.e., creation of a workspace directory for storing project files) before the environment comes up.

 

Configuration Instructions:

Eclipse does not need any computer specific configuration as such. As discussed in ‘why Eclipse IDE?’ and ‘Eclipse IDE primer’ posts, Eclipse IDE on itself is a platform that comes with built in support for JDK and other related necessary tools. Eclipse 3.5.0 version supports from Java version 1.3 till Java version 1.6. By default, Eclipse works in compliance with JDK 1.6, but these dependancies can be easily changed from the IDE itself.

 

  

Follow the video below for download, install and configuration instructions: 

Vodpod videos no longer available.

 

 

Links:

http://eclipse.org/

 

Note: Refer to other posts in Eclipse IDE category for further knowledge.

  

 

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  1. September 19, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Hi Sabitha, you have downloaded the eclipse package for Windows – 64 bit OS, while your present OS is Windows – 32 bit. Try downloading from this link http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/download.php?file=/technology/epp/downloads/release/helios/R/eclipse-jee-helios-win32.zip. For windows – 32 bit OS, the zip should read something like: eclipse-jee-helios-win32.zip.

  2. sabitha
    September 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    hi
    i downloaded eclipse-SDK-3.5-win32-x86_64.zip,while installing i am getting “The Eclipse executable launcher was unable to locate its companion shared library” .At present i am working on windows xp 32-bit.please help me how to solve it

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