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This article contains note on my personal experience installing and using Eclipse IDE.

There are several versions and editions of Eclipse IDE.

Homebrew install

If you want to use the standard version of Eclipse, use Homebrew to eclipse-java:

  1. First, update the Homebrew installation bits:

    brew update

    This usually takes a while.

  2. Use cask used to install GUI programs:

    brew cask install eclipse-java

    The response (as of 8 July 2016):

    Please migrate your Casks to the new location and delete /opt/homebrew-cask/Caskroom,
    or if you would like to keep your Caskroom at /opt/homebrew-cask/Caskroom, add the
    following to your HOMEBREW_CASK_OPTS:
    For more details on each of those options, see https://github.com/caskroom/homebrew-cask/issues/21913.
    ==> Satisfying dependencies
    ==> Downloading https://www.eclipse.org/downloads/download.php?file=/technology/epp/downloads/release/neon/R/eclipse-java-neon-R-macosx-cocoa-x86_64.tar.gz&r=1
    ==> Verifying checksum for Cask eclipse-java
    ==> Moving App 'Eclipse.app' to '/Applications/Eclipse.app'
    🍺  eclipse-java staged at '/opt/homebrew-cask/Caskroom/eclipse-java/4.6.0' (0B)

STS install


  1. Use an interest browser to the STS website.
  2. Select a download site to begin download. Wait for the file to download.
  3. Unzip
  4. In Finder, navigate inside the folder, such as:


    This contains the server.

  5. Move and/or rename the folder according to your organization’s standards.

  6. In Finder navigate to /Applications.
  7. Move (drag and drop) STS.app to /Applications.
  8. Open STS by double-clicking the icon.
  9. Click Open icon for first-time confirmation.
  10. Specify your workspace.