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JDT/Eclipse Java 8 Support (BETA)

Eclipse Support for Java 8 - Release Schedule

  • Feb 1st 2014 : Early Access Release III (Available - See below for install instructions)
    • What is new in this release ?
      • JDT/Core modules are feature complete for Java 8.
      • Full support for Java 8 type inference specification.
      • Lambda Serialization support.
      • Numerous defect fixes.
  • Feb 21st 2014: Early Access Release IV: Release candidate 1
  • March 7th 2014 : Release candidate 2
  • March 18th 2014: General availability release.

Eclipse Support for Java 8 - Installation Instructions

Java™ 8 is not publicly released yet and hence the Eclipse Java 8 support cannot be shipped with an official build.
Those who want to use it in Kepler (4.3.1) or in the latest 4.3.2 maintenance build can install it with these steps:

  1. Help > Install New Software...
  2. enter the following URL into the 'Work with' field:
  3. press 'Enter'
  4. select category 'Eclipse Java 8 Support (BETA)'
  5. for faster install, deselect 'Contact all updates sites during install to find required software'
  6. click 'Next'
  7. click 'Next'
  8. accept the license
  9. click 'Finish'
  10. accept the security warning about unsigned content
  11. restart Eclipse when asked

In order to use the batch compiler only, you can follow the steps described at the link Using the batch compiler, but use the org.eclipse.jdt.core_3.9.2.v*_BETA_JAVA8.jar from your updated install.

Note: This is an implementation of an early-draft specification developed under the Java Community Process (JCP) and is made available for testing and evaluation purposes only. The code is not compatible with any specification of the JCP.

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