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Installing Eclipse is relatively easy, but does involve a few steps and software from at least two different sources. Eclipse is a Java-based application as--as such--requires a Java runtime environment (JRE) to run.
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Installing Eclipse is relatively easy, but does involve a few steps and software from at least two different sources. '''Eclipse is a Java-based application''' and, as such, '''''requires a Java runtime environment (JRE)''''' in order to run.  
  
== Install a JVM ==
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== Install a JVM ==
  
Regardless of your operating system, you will need to install some Java virtual machine (JVM). You may either install a Java Runtime Environment (JRE), or a Java Development Kit (JDK), depending on what you want to do with Eclipse. If you intend to use Eclipse for Java development, then you should install a JDK (the JDK includes--among other useful things--the source code for the standard Java libraries). If you aren't planning to use Eclipse for Java development and want to save some disk space, install a JRE.
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Regardless of your operating system, you will need to install some Java virtual machine (JVM). You may either install a Java Runtime Environment (JRE), or a Java Development Kit (JDK), depending on what you want to do with Eclipse. If you intend to use Eclipse for Java development, then you should install a JDK (the JDK includes--among other useful things--the source code for the standard Java libraries). If you aren't planning to use Eclipse for Java development and want to save some disk space, install a JRE.  
  
* If you're using Windows, you may already have a JRE installed, but upgrading won't hurt.
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*If you're using Windows, you may already have a JRE installed, but upgrading won't hurt.  
* If using Linux, [[IRC_FAQ#I_just_installed_Eclipse_on_Linux.2C_but_it_does_not_start._What_is_the_problem.3F | read this]]
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*If using Linux, [[IRC FAQ#I_just_installed_Eclipse_on_Linux.2C_but_it_does_not_start._What_is_the_problem.3F|read this]]  
** GCJ will '''NOT''' work.  
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**GCJ will '''NOT''' work.  
** Also see: [http://www.64bitjungle.com/ubuntu/install-java-jre-160-update-x-on-hardy-as-the-default-java-runtime Installing JRE 1.6.0 (Update x) as the Default Runtime in Linux].
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**Also see: [http://www.64bitjungle.com/ubuntu/install-java-jre-160-update-x-on-hardy-as-the-default-java-runtime Installing JRE 1.6.0 (Update x) as the Default Runtime in Linux].
  
===JRE/JDK Sources===
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=== JRE/JDK Sources ===
  
There are several sources for a JRE/JDK. Here are some of the more common/popular ones (listed alphabetically):
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There are several sources for a JRE/JDK. Here are some of the more common/popular ones (listed alphabetically):  
  
* [http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/java/jdk/index.html IBM JDK]
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*[http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/java/jdk/index.html IBM JDK]  
* [http://openjdk.java.net/ OpenJDK]
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*[http://openjdk.java.net/ OpenJDK]  
* [http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html Oracle JDK]
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*[http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html Oracle JDK]
  
== Eclipse 3.7.1 (Indigo) ==
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== Eclipse 4.3 (Kepler) ==
  
Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo) was released in June 2011.
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Eclipse 4.3 (Kepler) was released in June 2013.
  
A Java 6 JRE/JDK is recommended for Eclipse 3.7.1. More information concerning tested configurations for Eclipse 3.7.1 is provided [http://www.eclipse.org/projects/project-plan.php?planurl=/eclipse/development/plans/eclipse_project_plan_3_7.xml#target_environments here].
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A Java 6 JRE/JDK is recommended for Eclipse 4.3. More information concerning tested configurations for Eclipse 4.3 is provided [http://www.eclipse.org/eclipse/development/readme_eclipse_4.3.html#TargetOperatingEnvironments here].  
  
Download Eclipse from the [http://www.eclipse.org/downloads Eclipse Downloads Page].
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Download Eclipse from the [http://www.eclipse.org/downloads Eclipse Downloads Page].  
  
The download will be delivered as a compressed (i.e. a ".zip", or ".tar.gz") file. Decompress this file into the directory of your choice (e.g. "c:\Program Files\Eclipse Indigo" on Windows). You can optionally create a shortcut of the executable file ("eclipse.exe" on Windows, or "eclipse" on Linux).
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The download will be delivered as a compressed (i.e. a ".zip", or ".tar.gz") file. Decompress this file into the directory of your choice (e.g. "c:\Program Files\Eclipse" on Windows). You can optionally create a shortcut of the executable file ("eclipse.exe" on Windows, or "eclipse" on Linux).  
  
Note that there is a known problem with the built-in decompression utility on all current versions of Windows. We recommend that you use a more robust decompression utility such as the open source [http://www.7-zip.org/ 7zip] when decompressing an Eclipse download.
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Note that there is a known problem with the built-in decompression utility on all current versions of '''Windows'''. We recommend that you use a more robust decompression utility such as the open source [http://www.7-zip.org/ 7zip] when decompressing an Eclipse download. Some people report success when initially decompressing Eclipse into a root directory (e.g. c:\) and then moving it to a more appropriate home (e.g. c:\Program Files\Eclipse)
  
==Extending Eclipse==
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== Extending Eclipse ==
  
Use the ''Help > Install new software...'' menu option to add Indigo features to your Eclipse installation (you can, for example, use this option to add C/C++ development support). Additionally, you can tap into a vast collection of extensions provided by the Eclipse community and ecosystem via the '''Eclipse Marketplace Client''' (''Help > Eclipse Marketplace'')
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Use the ''Help > Install new software...'' menu option to add Kepler features to your Eclipse installation (you can, for example, use this option to add C/C++ development support). Additionally, you can tap into a vast collection of extensions provided by the Eclipse community and ecosystem via the '''Eclipse Marketplace Client''' (''Help > Eclipse Marketplace''). Note that not all Eclipse packages contain the Eclipse Marketplace Client.
  
==More information==
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== More information ==
  
* [[FAQ Where do I get and install Eclipse?|Where do I get and install Eclipse?]]
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*[[FAQ Where do I get and install Eclipse?|Where do I get and install Eclipse?]]  
* [[Eclipse/Installation/Older Versions| Installation instructions for older versions of Eclipse]]
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*[[Eclipse/Installation/Older Versions|Installation instructions for older versions of Eclipse]]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 17:33, 26 June 2013

Installing Eclipse is relatively easy, but does involve a few steps and software from at least two different sources. Eclipse is a Java-based application and, as such, requires a Java runtime environment (JRE) in order to run.

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[edit] Install a JVM

Regardless of your operating system, you will need to install some Java virtual machine (JVM). You may either install a Java Runtime Environment (JRE), or a Java Development Kit (JDK), depending on what you want to do with Eclipse. If you intend to use Eclipse for Java development, then you should install a JDK (the JDK includes--among other useful things--the source code for the standard Java libraries). If you aren't planning to use Eclipse for Java development and want to save some disk space, install a JRE.

[edit] JRE/JDK Sources

There are several sources for a JRE/JDK. Here are some of the more common/popular ones (listed alphabetically):

[edit] Eclipse 4.3 (Kepler)

Eclipse 4.3 (Kepler) was released in June 2013.

A Java 6 JRE/JDK is recommended for Eclipse 4.3. More information concerning tested configurations for Eclipse 4.3 is provided here.

Download Eclipse from the Eclipse Downloads Page.

The download will be delivered as a compressed (i.e. a ".zip", or ".tar.gz") file. Decompress this file into the directory of your choice (e.g. "c:\Program Files\Eclipse" on Windows). You can optionally create a shortcut of the executable file ("eclipse.exe" on Windows, or "eclipse" on Linux).

Note that there is a known problem with the built-in decompression utility on all current versions of Windows. We recommend that you use a more robust decompression utility such as the open source 7zip when decompressing an Eclipse download. Some people report success when initially decompressing Eclipse into a root directory (e.g. c:\) and then moving it to a more appropriate home (e.g. c:\Program Files\Eclipse)

[edit] Extending Eclipse

Use the Help > Install new software... menu option to add Kepler features to your Eclipse installation (you can, for example, use this option to add C/C++ development support). Additionally, you can tap into a vast collection of extensions provided by the Eclipse community and ecosystem via the Eclipse Marketplace Client (Help > Eclipse Marketplace). Note that not all Eclipse packages contain the Eclipse Marketplace Client.

[edit] More information