How to install/Update Eclipse on Windows, Linux and Mac

Here at we really like the eclipse IDE and use it for all out development whether it be Google web toolkit, Android, Java, HTML5, etc. So naturally we will have quite a few tutorials on working with eclipse so we don’t want to have to describe how to install eclipse every time even though it’s extremely simple, so here it is.

HowTo: Install

  1. Download Eclipse
  2. Extract the file you downloaded to a suitable location
  3. That’s it, Eclipse runs straight out of the folder, open it up and double click the executable.
  4. if you get an error something like “A Java Runtime Environment (JRE) or Java Development Kit (JDK) must be available in order to run Eclipse”. Then you need to go to  Java SE download and get the updated version
    • Linux and Mac
      Check Java version command java -version
    • Windows
      Check Java version Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs

HowTo: Update

  1. Open Eclipse
  2. Help -> Check for updates
  3. Simple!

About Eclipse IDE


Eclipse is a multi-language software development environment comprising an integrated development environment (IDE) and an extensible plug-in system. It is written primarily in Java and can be used to develop applications in Java and, by means of various plug-ins, other languages including C, C++, COBOL, Python, Perl, PHP and Ruby (including Ruby on Rails framework). The IDE is often called Eclipse ADT for Ada, Eclipse CDT for C/C++, Eclipse JDT for Java and Eclipse PDT for PHP. (source wiki)

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Flax Project Founder - Ciarán McCann is an extremely passionate and motivated programmer who has been programming for about 4 years now. Currently attending Carlow I.T studying computer games development. He has experience in many different programming languages, markup languages and general technologies. His role in the Flax Project is as a blogger/Web Designer and Flax Engine programmer. Please excuse any bad grammar/spelling, I am a bit on the Dyslexic side. Follow me on Twitter for info on what I am working on.

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  1. Eclipse IDE is really great. I’ve use it with android ADT to develop android applications.

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