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How to install eclipse IDE

Tarun Telang

Introduction

Eclipse IDE is one of the most popular integrated development environments (IDEs). It is mostly used by Java developers, but it can also support almost every other programming language like C/C++, PHP, Scala, Groovy, Clojure, and many more. It has a rich set of features that include support for various programming languages, code analysis, graphical debugging, and unit testing.

In this shot, we will look at the installation process of Eclipse IDE.

Eclipse logo
Eclipse logo

Installation steps

Below is the step-by-step process for installing the Eclipse IDE:

Step 1 - Download the Eclipse installer

The easiest way to install eclipse IDE is to download and run the installer. To download the Eclipse installer, go to this url and select the installer executable as per your operating system platform.

Eclipse download site
Eclipse download site

Then, select the closest mirror site to download the required package.

For Windows users, select the folder, e.g., C:/Users/[username]/Downloads to download the installer.

For Mac users, select the folder /Users/[username]/Downloads.

Here, “[username]” represents the username of the operating system you are using.

Choosing the closest download mirror site
Choosing the closest download mirror site

Step 2 - Running the installer

After the download is completed, execute the Eclipse installer. You may need to extract the content if you use Mac or Linux.

You would also get a security warning for executing a file downloaded from the Internet. Verify if the publisher is the Eclipse Foundation and choose to continue with the file’s execution as you can trust this source.

Eclipse IDE package download
Eclipse IDE package download

Step 3 - Choosing the installation directory/folder

When the installer prompts you to choose the installation location, keep this as your default user directory and begin the installation process. Windows users can also create start menu entries and desktop shortcuts.

Step 4 - Launching the Eclipse IDE

After the installation is complete, go to the local folder on your system where you installed the application in the previous step. Find the executable file for the Eclipse IDE and run it to launch the IDE.

Selecting workspace directory
Selecting workspace directory

During the first run, Eclipse asks users to specify a folder to create the workspace for their projects. After this is provided, the Eclipse IDE gets launched. This completes the installation process.

Eclipse IDE
Eclipse IDE

Now you can enjoy coding using the Eclipse IDE!

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