In this post, we will learn the steps involved to Download and Install Eclipse IDE. Eclipse is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that supports multiple programming languages.
What is Eclipse?
Eclipse is the most widely used Java IDE for development. Eclipse SDK stands for Eclipse Software Development Kit. Eclipse SDK is free and open-source software. It includes the Eclipse Platform, Java development tools, Plug-in Development Environment, etc.
Operating System: Machine with Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X.
You need to have either the Java JDK (Java development kit) or Java JRE (Java runtime environment ) installed on your machine. JDK is like superset with all the Java features in it. It allows you to see documentation and source code for the standard Java classes.
Java SE 8 or greater is recommended as of now. Note that the latest Eclipse installer and packages only support the 64-bit operating system(x64).
In this tutorial, we will install Eclipse by downloading the Eclipse packages. To know the steps to install using Eclipse Installer follow this link:
Visit Eclipse Website
To download Eclipse, browse to the following URL on your web browser:
Select the eclipse version and the operating system that fits. You can choose either the .exe or package.
Click on Download Packages link.
Choose the right Eclipse Package for 64 bit Windows 10 platform. For example to develop Java applications and Web applications using J2EE, choose Eclipse IDE for Enterprise Java and Web Developers package.
File Format for Eclipse Download package is:
Download and Extract the package files to hard disk. You may even pin the eclipse as a shortcut, to the taskbar so that you can launch it easily.
Error if JDK is not installed or PATH not set for JDK on the system.
Mixing 32-bit of Java and 64-bit of Eclipse or vice versa.
The computer architecture, the JDK and the Eclipse should be compatible. For example, on a 64-bit processor we can run 64-bit JDK and 64-bit Eclipse IDE.
Mixing the 32-bit and 64-bit of JDK and Eclipse would lead to errors.
Next Steps: Run Hello World
Eclipse provides full support for Java software development. This allows you to learn Java with ease. If you plan to do software development in Java, you’ll need to learn Eclipse or some other IDE.
Steps to install Eclipse IDE on some popular Linux distributions: