What is Eclipse for Macbook?
Eclipse is an Integrated Development environment also know as an IDE.
Integrated: Tools are collected in one software package to work together. Diverse components that you create are integrated to form a complete package (project)
Get Eclipse here: Download Eclipse for Mac
How to install Eclipse on your Macbook Pro:
A step by side for getting and installing the Eclipse interactive development environment for the Luna edition. The video is specifically for a MacBook pro. There will be some slight differences if installing on a Windows-based machine (mostly the installed location). The Linux operating system is not addressed.
- The first item listed is “Eclipse IDE for Java Developers (98 MB).” On the right is a green, downward-pointing arrow. Next to that are links labeled “Mac OS X 32 Bit” and “Mac OS X 64 Bit.” Click on the “Mac OS X 32 Bit” link. (Even if you have nice, new 64-bit Mac, it should run the 32-bit version just fine.)
- You will see a window like this:(The location next to the green, downward-pointing arrow might not be Virginia Tech, but that’s OK. And the “Get It Faster Here” locations might be different, but that doesn’t matter, either.) Click on the green, downward pointing arrow. A download of eclipse-java-helios-SR2-macosx-cocoa.tar.gz will start. If you first get a window like this
just click “OK” so that the downloaded file opens with Archive Utility.
- The download will go to your Downloads folder. You will normally have an icon for the Downloads folder on the right-hand side of the dock. Find eclipse-java-helios-SR2-macosx-cocoa.tar.gz in your Downloads folder, and drag it to the Desktop. Then double-click it. You will see a folder named “eclipse.”
- Drag the “eclipse” folder into your Applications folder. The easiest way to do so is to open a new window in the Finder and click on Applications in the list you get on the left-hand side. Then drag the “eclipse” folder in with the other applications. Make sure that you do not drag it into a folder that’s already within Applications. In other words, when you’re done, the Applications folder should have directly within it a folder named “eclipse.”
- (This step is not required, but it’s strongly recommended.) Double click the “eclipse” folder. You’ll see an application named “Eclipse”; it has a purple icon with white horizontal stripes. Drag it into your dock. Now you will be able to launch Eclipse by clicking on the icon in the dock.
- You may now drag eclipse-java-helios-SR2-macosx-cocoa.tar.gz to the Trash. Empty the Trash whenever you wish.
- When you launch Eclipse for the first time, you’ll be asked “‘Eclipse’ is an application downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it?” Click “Open.”
- You’ll see something like the following window:Of course, the workspace name will have your user name in place of “thc.” You can choose whatever place you want for your workspace, but it’s easiest to just use the default you’re given. I recommend that you just click the checkbox next to “Use this as the default and do not ask again” and then click “OK.”
- You’ll then see the following screen:Click on the folded-over arrow on the right. You won’t see this screen again, even if you quit Eclipse and relaunch it.
- Now you’ll see the following screen:Lots of buttons and panes, but nothing of consequence.
- You have now installed Eclipse!