FAQ What is a launch configuration?

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A launch configuration is a description of how to launch a program. The program itself may be a Java program, another Eclipse instance in the form of a runtime workbench, a C program, or something else. Launch configurations are manifested in the Eclipse UI through Run > Run....

Launching in Eclipse is closely tied to the infrastructure for debugging, enabling you to make the logical progression from support for launching to support for interactive debugging. This is why you will find launch configurations in the org.eclipse.debug.core plug-in.


For extensive documentation on how to add your own launch configuration, refer to Platform Plug-in Developer Guide under Programmer’s Guide > Program Debug and Launch Support. Also see the eclipse.org article, We Have Lift-off: The Launching Framework in Eclipse.


This FAQ was originally published in Official Eclipse 3.0 FAQs. Copyright 2004, Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. This text is made available here under the terms of the Eclipse Public License v1.0.