Want to install Eclipse to practice Java programs? I think you might have already tried installing eclipse software on your computer, but after installing eclipse you may noticed that it is not working for you. Actually what happens is, most of the new users who tries to install Eclipse don’t know the proper method to install it. So today I’m going to show you step by step tutorial on How to install Eclipse software on your Windows computer.

About Eclipse:

Eclipse is an  Integrated development environment (IDE) software. Most of the Java professionals use this software to build java applications. Almost every company use this IDE to build Java programs. It’s because, it has a lot of useful features which is available in it to make developers to code easily.

Even though it is one of the most popular software to develop java application, many schools and college don’t use this software or any IDE to practice programming. So most of the student were not aware of this software much. For that, I’m going to show you what software we need to download, where to download those software, how to install those software and how to configure to run java programs in eclipse.

Getting Ready to Install Eclipse on Windows:

In this tutorial we are going to install Eclipse software on windows operating system and configure it to run Java programs.

This tutorial works fine for all version of windows operating system (OS) like  Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

For the first step, know which version of operating system your computer is running. That is,  64-bit version or 32-bit version.

 Also Read:  Installing Oracle 11g on Windows Operating System

Download Required Software to Install Eclipse:

Download Java JDK Setup File:

To make eclipse to run java programs we need to download 2 software, one is Java and other one is Eclipse.

In java, we are going to download  Java Development Kit  (JDK).  To download jdk visit this page  and scroll down little you will see 3 options like JDK Download, Server JRE Download and JRE Download.
 jdk download

 

All we need to do is, select first one. That is,  JDK Download and click on Download button.

Now you will be taken to other page.  In that page choose “Accept License Agreement” option and then look for  Windows x86 and Windows x64 and click download button according to your OS version.

For me, I’m having 64-bit OS version so I downloaded windows x64 setup file.

 

java jdk 64 bit and 32 bit setup download link

 

Now we have downloaded java software (JDK) to our system. Next we have to download Eclipse software.

 

Video Guide to Download JDK Setup:

Download Eclipse Software:

Now we need to download Eclipse software. You can download eclipse software by visiting this page. You will see two versions of eclipse. That is,  Eclipse Standard and  Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers.

I recommend you to download  Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers version.

Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers

 

To download that, just choose 32-bit or 64-bit setup according to you computer version. Once you click on any setup link, it will take you to the next page where it contains download link.

In this page look at right side of that page, you will see  Other options for this file  column. In that, choose  Direct link to file  to begin download of eclipse software.

 

download eclipse software

 

Now we have downloaded Java JDK software and  Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers software on our PC. It’s time for installation now.

 

Installing Java and Eclipse Software:

Installing Java Software:

Run the JDK setup. When you run the setup copy the path of the installation directory to notepad. We will need this later. In my case it is

C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_45\

jdk default installation directory

 

Now we installed Java software. Our next step is to set  PATH and CLASSPATH for it.

 

Setting Path and CLASSPATH for Java:

We have to set Path and ClassPath for Java to work. Follow the below steps to do so.

1. Open windows explorer by pressing Win+E key on your keyboard

2. Now in that window, Right-click on  My Computer (This PC on Windows 8) and choose Properties option

 

opening properties in win 8

 

3.  Click “Advanced system settings” and choose “Advanced” tab and then click on “Environment Variables…

advanced system settings

 

4. In System variables click New… button and fill

setting path in java

 

Variable name:  PATH

Variable value:  C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_45\bin;

after filling press ok button.

Tip: Now use the copied path during installation here. Make sure you are pasting  bin directory path, not the copied path.

Note: In System variable look for Path variable. If you found PATH variable, select it and click edit button and fill the above data. In variable value just add ; before adding new path.

Ex:

C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_45\bin;C:\Program Files (x86)\QuickTime\QTSystem\

If you don’t find Path variable then you create new one.

 

5. Now we need to set Class Path for Java. To set Class path, go to User variables  and click New… button

set Class Path for Java

 

Now in pop up window enter

Variable name:  CLASS

Variable value:  C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_45\lib

Tip:  Now use the copied path during installation here. Make sure you are pasting lib  directory path, not the copied path.

and click OK and again click OK to close Environment Variable window.

Now we set path and class path for java in windows. It’s time for us to install Eclipse.

Video Guide to Set Path and ClassPath:

Eclipse Installation:

Extract the downloaded Eclipse Zip folder to install eclipse. Here we don’t get any setup file to install. All we have to do is just extract the zip folder and configure eclipse.ini file to start using it. You can extract this eclipse folder on any location you want.

Once you extract that folder, open eclipse folder. In that, you will see eclipse.ini file. Open that file.

eclipse folder

 

Here in that file we need to add two lines of code above  -vmargs

-vm
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_45\bin\javaw.exe

After adding that argument, save and close that file.

Tip:  Now use the copied path during installation here. Make sure you are pasting  javaw.exe file location address which is located in  bin  directory, not the copied path.

Check my eclipse.ini screenshot below after adding -vm argument.

eclipse.ini file configuration

 

 

Now open you eclipse software to run java programs. It’s time for you to start coding.

Getting Error? Check:  Fix Java was Started but Returned Exit Code=13 in Eclipse

Hope, this tutorial helps you to install  Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers  software on you PC.

If you find any difficulty in installing Eclipse please post in comment I will try to help.