Installing Eclipse IDE

13 December 2011 By Praveen Macherla 23,003 views 7 Comments
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Environment Used:

  • Eclipse Indigo (3.7.1) IDE.
  • Java SE (JDK/JRE) 6.

Installing Java JDK/JRE

You will need Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) to use Eclipse. You can read this page to install JDK/JRE and then return here to continue the Eclipse installation.

Downloading Eclipse

If you need to install Eclipse, you can download it from this location:

The latest version of Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers is recommended. Choose 32-bit or 64-bit depending on your OS version.

For Windows: The file extension will be .zip

For Linux: The file extension will be .tar.gz

Installing Eclipse

To install Eclipse, all you do is extract the zip (or tar.gz) file in the desired directory. No further work is required. When you unzip the file, it creates a subdirectory called “eclipse”, with multiple subdirectories under that. So, for example, in Windows you could unpack the zip file in the root directory (e.g., C:\) and Eclipse would be installed in C:\eclipse.

Launching Eclipse

Eclipse Application

In the eclipse folder you will find the eclipse.exe application (a big blue icon). You can double click on this to launch Eclipse IDE. We recommend you to create a shortcut on the desktop to simplify the launching of Eclipse.

Launch Eclipse

Double-click the “eclipse.exe” file you installed OR the shortcut you may have created.

Select workspace

After launching, Eclipse will ask you to specify the workspace to use. The workspace is a folder used by eclipse to keep all your projects. Select the folder where you want the workspace to be created or accept the default provided by Eclipse.


Press OK to continue.

Welcome Screen

After pressing OK, you will see the following window.

To start working on Eclipse, you can either click on the curved arrow (Workbench) on the top right most corner or close the Welcome tab and you will see the following window.

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