Installing Eclipse on Windows

Introduction

Eclipse is compatible with both Windows and Apple operating systems. The Eclipse Download package can be downloaded from the official website of Eclipse. If you are working on Java Development, you can download either of the three recommended packages:

  • Eclipse IDE for JAVA EE Developers
  • Eclipse Classic
  • Eclipse IDE for JAVA Developers

All these packages have both the 32-bit and 64-bit variants. Choose a package according to your system’s specifications. When you open the Eclipse download page, you will see a drop-down box to the right of your page. This is the operating system selector. As Eclipse is compatible with various operating systems, you can choose the OS of your system such that you download the correct version of the Eclipse IDE for your machine. The entire download package is in a zip file.

Extracting the Zipped File

As the entire package is zipped, you will have to extract it before you can start the download process. There are several applications that you can use to unzip the package. Some of them are mentioned below:

Using any of the applications above or an application of your choice, unzip the file and extract the contents on a directory of your choice. The setup files for Eclipse IDE will be a part of the extracted files. Navigate to it and launch it to start the installation. Select a directory where all your projects will be saved. This is called selecting a workplace. Once done, click OK and Eclipse will be installed on your PC.

Structure

As you open the IDE, you will see a wide white space in the center. This is the editor where you will be coding. Other important components of the IDE are Views, the Menu Bar, and the Toolbar.

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