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Efxclipse/Tutorials/AddingE(fx)clipse to eclipse

Installing e(fx)clipse IDE.

How to install e(fx)clipse on a Mars 4.5.0 version of eclipse. These instructions were written and the screen captures taken with a clean install of the Eclipse for RCP and RAP Developers 64 bit package available here ( The Operating system used was Windows 7 SP1. These steps do not include the install of eclipse 4.5.0 (Mars).

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  1. Select the Help menu.
  2. Select the Install New Software... option.
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  1. Select the --All Available Sites -- option from the Work with: drop down list.
  2. Uncheck the Group items by category check box in the bottom details section.
  3. Check only the e(fx)clipse - IDE Name option. All the other options starting with e(fx)clipse - IDE are subsets of the full e(fx)clipse IDE. The e(fx)clipse - Minimal JavaFX OSGi integration bundles option is out of scope for these instructions.
  4. Press the Next > button.
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  1. Press the Next > button.
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  1. Press the I accept the terms of the license agreement radio button.
  2. Press the Finish button.
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  1. Wait about 2 minutes for the install to complete.
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  1. Press the Yes button.

Setup a target platform for your application development

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  1. Open Window > Preferences > Plugin-in Development > Target Platform
  2. Click Add ... on the right.
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  1. Select Nothing: Start with an empty target definition.
  2. Press the Next > button.
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  1. Enter e(fx)clipse as the target platform Name:.
  2. Press the Add... button.
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  1. Select Software Site. Then press the Next > button.
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  1. Enter as the site. Press the enter key while in the Work with: text box.
  2. Expand FX Target and check Target Platform for Eclipse
  3. Uncheck Include required software check box.
  4. Press the Finish button.
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  1. The resolving will take less then one minute on most systems.
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  1. Check the e(fx)clipse check box to make the new target platform the (Active) platform.
  2. Press the Apply button.
  3. Press the OK button.

Configure eclipse to use a JDK not a JRE

When doing a ant build and run from the FX Build Configuration (file: build.fxbuild) the JRE Library must really be a JDK. The following step show how to configure a JRE as a JDK so the ant build and run will work.

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  1. Window -> Preferences
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  1. Java -> Installed JREs
  2. Press the Add... button.
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  1. Select Standard VM
  2. Press the Next > button.


  1. Don't press the Directory... button. The Directory... button will filter out JDKs and only show JREs.
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  1. Use the Operating System's file system browser get the full path of the target JDK.
  2. In this example
  3. C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_25
  4. Copy and paste the full path into the JRE home: text box.
  5. Press the Finish button.
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  1. Make the new JDK the default JRE by checking the check box.
  2. Press the OK button.
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  1. Navigate to the Execution Environments dialog.
  2. Java -> Installed JREs -> Execution Environments.
  3. Check the check box next the JDK, not the JRE.
  4. Press the OK button.
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  1. The steps are now complete. All future new projects will point to a JDK, not a JRE. If you have any existing projects they will still point to the JRE, not the JDK.

A quick peak at what is now installed

New Wizards

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Package Explorer -> (right mouse click) -> New -> Project...

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New, Wizard, JavaFX

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JavaFX -> JavaFX HTML Template

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JavaFX -> JavaFX Library Project

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JavaFX -> JavaFX Product Configuration

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JavaFX -> JavaFX Create a Java Project

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JavaFX -> JavaFXGraph File

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JavaFX -> FXML File

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JavaFX -> JavaFX 3.x ViewPart

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JavaFX -> JavaFX Main Class

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JavaFX -> JavaFX Preloader Class

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JavaFX -> New e4 FX application

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JavaFX -> New FX-OSGi Bundle

New Preferences

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Window -> Preferences -> JavaFX

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Window -> Preferences -> JavaFX -> CSS

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Window -> Preferences -> JavaFX -> CSS -> Syntax Coloring

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Window -> Preferences -> JavaFX -> CSS -> Templates

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Window -> Preferences -> JavaFX -> CSSEXTDSL

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Window -> Preferences -> JavaFX -> CSSEXTDSL -> Syntax Compiler

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Window -> Preferences -> JavaFX -> CSSEXTDSL -> Syntax Coloring

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Window -> Preferences -> JavaFX -> CSSEXTDSL -> Templates

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Window -> Preferences -> JavaFX -> FXGraph

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Window -> Preferences -> JavaFX -> FXGraph-> Compiler

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Window -> Preferences -> JavaFX -> FXGraph-> Syntax Coloring

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Window -> Preferences -> JavaFX -> FXGraph-> Templates

New View

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