Eclipse itself is a Java program and hence you need to have the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) to use eclipse. If you want to use Eclipse for Java development, as in most cases, you will also need a (Java Development Kit) JDK.
Follow these simple steps to download and install Eclipse IDE:
To start Eclipse, go to the eclipse folder and double-click on the eclipse.exe file in windows (or eclipse file in Linux and other OS).
When Eclipse prompt you to select a workspace, give an existing directory or a directory you want eclipse to create. The eclipse workspace directory will contain your Eclipse projects.
You will be shown the workbench after eclipse starts. The workbench refers to the development environment. The elements inside the workbench are grouped into perspectives. Perspectives, in turn, contain views and editors. Each perspective provides all you need to perform a certain task. For instance, the Debug perspective contains the set of functionalities you would use while debugging Java programs. An example of a view that belongs to the Debug perspective is the Breakpoint view.
You extend the functionality provided by the use of plugins. If you need to install more plugins, you can navigate to Help > Install new software and install them.
However, if you have chosen the right distribution of eclipse, you will have most needed plugins already installed.
Below are the eclipse distributions available for download (along with their approximate sizes) as of this writing:
Current link for the downloads page is: https://www.eclipse.org/downloads.
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