How to Install: Eclipse

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology –
Computer Science & Software Engineering


Follow these instructions to install Eclipse version 3.7/Indigo.
Note: in 2006 through 2010, new RHIT laptops came with an older version—Eclipse 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, or 3.6 —installed in C:\Program Files, so you should uninstall the existing version (following the instructions below) before you install the current one. This is not necessary on 2011 laptops which come with 3.7.

Your computer should  have a working Java Runtime Environment (JRE) v6 to run Eclipse. If you do not already have it, follow the instructions for installing Java 6 before installing Eclipse.

Before Installing:

a) Create a folder C:\EclipseWorkspaces.

b) Create subfolders  csse120, csse220, csse221, and csse230. IAIT created all of these in the 2011 laptops. If you are reinstalling, you can just make the folder for your course.


Installing Eclipse

Follow all of the following steps to install and configure Eclipse on Windows:

  1. Download and Install Eclipse
    1. Login to your administrative user account (probably localmgr unless you have changed your user settings).
    2. You may also want to open a "Windows Explorer" window.
    3.  If you have a prior version of Eclipse, uninstall your existing version(s). With Eclipse this just involves deleting the application's folder from C:\Program Files .
    4. Download and unzip this file for Eclipse 3.7/Indigo for Windows 32-bit (you can get the 64-bit version from the Eclipse site), and place the eclipse folder directly in the  C:\Program Files\ folder. If at any point it says 'cannot be done', just unzip to a random folder in My Documents, then drag-and-drop to the correct folder in C:\Program Files.
    5. Should you be asked to trust the software, indicate that it should be allowed to run.
  2. When you open Eclipse for the first time, set the workspace by:
    1. Open Eclipse
    2. You should see the Select a workspace dialog. Do NOT press 'ok' yet. Instead, hit Browse.
    3. In the Select Workspace Directory that opens, select the C:\EclipseWorkspaces\csse120 folder.
    4. Press 'ok' to bring you back to the Select a workspace dialog.
    5. Check the box labeled "Use this as the default and do not ask again." Then press 'ok' again to continue into Eclipse.
    1.  If at any point the Subclipse Usage dialog appears, uncheck the box, and hit 'ok'.

    Students presently taking a CSSE course may wish to add an Eclipse shortcut to the Start menu.


  3. Add an Eclipse Shortcut
    1. Open the folder C:\Program Files\eclipse.
    2. Right click on the Eclipse application (eclipse.exe, with the little purple circle icon next to it) file icon and select Pin to Start Menu. This creates a new shortcut in the start menu which you can now go to open Eclipse.
    3. Other options are available such as Pin to Taskbar and Create Shortcut. Any of these options will work.
  4. Install Subclipse.

    Follow this link for the directions to install Subclipse:


  5. Configuring Eclipse
    1. Follow the appropriate link to configure Eclipse for Python, C, or Java.
        Note: The Java preferences for CSSE 120, 220, 221, and 230 are linked from the Java configuration page.