Install JDK (Java Development Kit)
Eclipse is developed with the Java programming language. This means in order to run Eclipse even for different programming language IDE we need the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). JRE simple provides an environment to run Java applications. But As we will also develop Java code or applications we also need the Java Development Kit in order to use different libraries, function, and features for development. We can install Oracle JDK which is explained in detail in the following tutorial.
Setup Java, JRE, JDK System Environment Variables
In order to run Eclipse properly, we have to set the Java, JRE or JDK system environment variables. This will make
java.exe and JDK libraries available to the system-wide applications like Eclipse. Following tutorial explains it in detail.
Select Eclipse Java IDE Type
We have installed JDK which is described above. Now we have to select the type of Eclipse Java IDE from the
eclipse.org Java page. In the following screen, we will see two types those are named
Eclipse IDE for Enterprise Java Developers and
Eclipse IDE for Java Developers.
- `Eclipse IDE for Java Developers` is mainly designed for a sole or small group of developers and create standard Java applications. It provides tools like Git client, XML Editor, Mylyn, Maven, and Gradle integration.
- `Eclipse IDE for Enterprise Java Developers` provides enterprise-ready tools which make its size about 240 MB. It provides extra tools against `Eclipse Ide for Java Developers` like JPA, JFS and more collaboration tools.
Download Eclipse Java IDE
We will download the Eclipse Java IDE in this part. We will select the
Eclipse IDE for Java Developers to download and install.
Simply we can download the Eclipse Java IDE from the following link by clicking
Download button. This will download the compressed zip file named
Install Eclipse Java IDE
Actually, Eclipse Java IDE do not require any setup or installation process. We just need to decompress or extract the download zip archive with by right-clicking the file. Then we will select
Extract All or if we have any compression tool like WinRAR, 7zip, etc. I am using 7zip where I will extract like below too.