Java Eclipse Tutorial – Part 1: Installing Eclipse

I’m starting a new video series on the Eclipse IDE. Here’s my first entry:

In this video tutorial, you will learn how to install the Eclipse IDE.

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Installing Java Eclipse IDE

This tutorial shows the steps to install the Java™ Eclipse IDE on your computer.

Note: The instructions and screenshots are shown for Mac® OS X® 10.9.5. Adjust the instructions as needed for your computer’s operating system.

This tutorial provides:

  • the system requirements,
  • how to download Eclipse,
  • how to install it, and
  • how to verify your installation.

System Requirements

Before installing the Java Eclipse IDE (Integrated Development Environment), you must have the Java Development Kit (JDK) installed in your computer. You can download the JDK from If you need help installing the JDK, search for and view relevant videos on YouTube that demonstrate how to install the JDK. The JDK requires:

  • Microsoft® Windows®: Windows Server 2008 RS2/SP1, 64-bit (or Windows Vista® SP2) or later with 128 MB RAM and 126 MB+ disk space.
  • Mac OS X: Mac OS X 10.8.3 or later with a 64-bit browser and admin privileges to install.

If your computer meets the system requirements for the JDK, then Eclipse should work.

To Download Eclipse

The first stage of installing the Java Eclipse IDE is to download it from the Eclipse website.

  1. With a browser, go to
  2. On the Eclipse home page, click Download to go to the downloads page.
    The downloads page shows the downloads that are available for your computer’s operating system.
  3. In the Eclipse IDE for Java Developers section, because of the Java system requirements, to download the proper IDE, click Mac OSX 64 Bit.step3
  4. On the Mirrors page, click the mirror location to initiate the actual download. (In the screenshot, this would be [United States], but you could select any mirror site you wish.)
  5. Wait as the Eclipse IDE downloads onto your computer. (If you wish, you can donate to the Eclipse foundation.)
    Depending on your Internet connection speed, this may take a few minutes.

To Install Eclipse

After downloading the Eclipse IDE, you can install it on your computer.

  1. If necessary, locate the downloaded *.tar or *.zip file.
  2. Double-click the downloaded *.tar (or *.zip file). (If you wish, you can right-click the file and choose Open.)
    When you double-click the file, a new folder with the Eclipse files in it appears in the current folder (or directory). For example, if the *.tar file is in your Downloads folder, the eclipse folder with its files appears within the Downloads folder.
  3. Move the eclipse folder where you want to access it on your computer.
    For example, you may want to have the Eclipse IDE accessible from your Desktop. If so, drag it from the Downloads folder onto your Desktop.

To Verify Eclipse

After placing the eclipse folder in a convenient location, you can verify that the Java Eclipse IDE works.

  1. Open the eclipse folder.
  2. To start the Java Eclipse IDE, double-click the Eclipse
  3. If you get a security message (Mac OS X), click Open.
    On Windows, depending on your security settings, allow Eclipse to start up.
  4. When prompted for a workspace, click OK.
    For now, the default workspace is fine. Eclipse workspaces are covered in another tutorial.
  5. Once Eclipse starts and you see the Welcome page, to get familiar with Eclipse, look at some of the features that are available: Overview, Samples, Tutorials, and What’s New.

At this point you have successfully installed the Java Eclipse IDE on your computer.



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