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Removing the manually installed software


This page describes how to remove our tooling, Eclipse, and Java, in case you installed them manually. These instructions do not apply to the bundled IDE releases, which are our default and recommended releases.

If you wish to remove a certain toolset, but also want to keep working with Eclipse, you only need to remove one or more toolsets. If you no longer want to use Eclipse at all, you don’t need to remove any toolsets. Instead, you can remove Eclipse and your workspaces. You may then also remove Java, if you used it only to run Eclipse.

Removing a toolset

To remove a toolset from Eclipse, follow these instructions:

  • Go to the about window by selecting Help menu ‣ About Eclipse.

  • Click the Installation Details button to open a new window.

  • On the Installed Software tab, look for the toolset you wish to remove, and select it.

    You can more easily find our software toolsets by looking for Eindhoven University of Technology in the Provider column. Note that clicking on the header of the Provider column, sorts the toolsets by provider.

  • Click the Uninstall button to remove the toolset. Follow the onscreen instructions. When asked to restart Eclipse, make sure you do so.

Instead of removing a toolset, you could also downgrade it.

Removing Eclipse

Removing Eclipse is as simple as removing the directory in which you extracted the archive, when you installed Eclipse.

Optionally, you may remove your workspace, if you don’t need it any more.

Removing a workspace

Eclipse stores all its settings in a workspace. If you wish to keep the settings stored in the workspace, don’t remove your workspace.

When you create a project, by default it is stored in a sub-directory of the workspace. If you wish to keep any projects stored in the workspace, make sure you store them elsewhere, before removing the workspace.

To remove a workspace, simply remove the directory using a file explorer.

Removing Java

To remove a JDK, follow these instructions:

  • On Windows, never manually remove JDK installations. Always uninstall the JDK using the Windows Control Panel.

    For more information on removing a JDK 8 on Windows, see Oracle’s JDK Installation for Microsoft Windows page.

  • On Linux, if you essentially only extracted an archive in order to install the JDK, you can simply remove the extracted files.

    If on the other hand you used your operating system’s package manager to install the JDK, you can use the package manager to uninstall the JDK as well.

    Finally, if you used the rpm command to install the JDK, you can use that same command to uninstall the JDK.

    For more information on removing a JDK 8 on Linux, see Oracle’s JDK Installation for Linux Platforms page.

  • On Mac OS X, follow the instructions given on Oracle’s JDK 8 Installation for OS X page.