Installing Eclipse for C (no previous installation)
During the installation process you may need an
utility called WinZip, which is used
for managing .zip files. Note that this software costs $29, but
the free evaluation version is fully functional and does not
The files that you will need to download are quite
large (the Java SDK and Eclipse downloads are roughly 50 and 90
megabytes, respectively), and so it is necessary that you have a
fast internet connection.
- Download/Install Java:
- Visit the web site:
At this site, select the latest
Java SE 7 SDK download. It will be in the section "Java SE
Development Kit...." and will have a name that starts with
jdk. Be sure to get the correct package for the OS
(On Windows, you will need
admin privileges.) Be careful that you do not confuse the
JRE with SDK, you need the SDK. Once the download is
complete, install java by clicking on the file you
downloaded. This will lead you through the installation
From this page, select "Eclipse IDE for C/C++ Developers".
You may select any mirror site, e.g. "Main Eclipse Download
Site". (Depending on the current internet traffic load, some
mirror sites may be very busy, and you may want to experiment
until finding one that provides good response time.)
Be sure to
get the correct eclipse for your platform type.
- Unlike most modern software products, Eclipse has not have
a fancy installation procedure. To install it, simply
extract the zip file in the directory where your programs
are stored, e.g. C:\Program Files. This will create
a directory named eclipse. The executable program
file is located in this directory and is called
"eclipse.exe". On Windows systems, it is a good idea to
create a shortcut to this executable on your desktop. To do
this, right-click on the "eclipse.exe" file and select "Send
To → Desktop".
- Eclipse stores all its files in a directory called its
"workspace". When Eclipse is run for the first time, it will
ask you where you want the workspace to be placed. You can
just use the default location (which will be in the
directory where eclipse was installed). Some people find it
more convenient to place the workspace somewhere in their
"My Documents" directory, e.g. "My Documents\Eclipse".
After this, you should see the "Welcome to Eclipse.."
page. When you see this, you are ready to proceed to the
next step. If it doesn't start, see if this page helps: