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Starting Eclipse manually


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

After you have installed Java and Eclipse manually, it is time to start Eclipse for the first time.

The instructions to start Eclipse using a JDK differ per operating system. Below the instructions are given for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Starting Eclipse with a JDK on Windows

Using eclipse.exe will launch Eclipse using any JRE it can find on your system. However, since our software requires a JDK, this is insufficient. By default Eclipse does not know how to find a JDK on Windows. Therefore, we created a batch file especially for this purpose. Note that this batch file works only on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and newer. We only support Windows 7 and newer.

Download the start_eclipse.bat batch file, and put it into the Eclipse directory (the directory with eclipse.exe). You can now start Eclipse using that batch file. Just double-click the start_eclipse.bat file and Eclipse will start.

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Starting Eclipse with a JDK on Linux

If you correctly installed a JDK, launch Eclipse by executing the eclipse binary from the Eclipse directory.

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Starting Eclipse with a JDK on Mac OS X

Open the System Preferences of the operation system. Click on Security & Privacy. Click on the lock icon to allow changing the security settings. For Allow apps downloaded from, choose Anywhere. Close the Security & Privacy settings window.

You can now execute Eclipse by double clicking the Eclipse application icon.

A dialog may be shown with the following text: “Eclipse” is an application downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it? Click the Open button to confirm.

You may move/drag the Eclipse application icon to the Mac OS X Applications folder, to make the Eclipse icon appear among the other Mac applications.

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Starting Eclipse for the first time

When you start Eclipse for the first time, it will ask you to choose a workspace directory. A workspace directory is where all your settings will be stored. It is also the default directory for new projects, in which you will store your files.

Choose a workspace directory and continue. Make sure that you have read and write access to the directory you choose. If you wish, Eclipse can remember your workspace directory. Note that if the workspace directory you choose does not yet exist, Eclipse will create it for you.

The first time Eclipse launches in a fresh workspace, you will get a Welcome screen. Click on the ‘workbench’ icon (the right most one), to close the Welcome screen.

You can now continue by manually installing one or more toolsets.