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Open source and free since the 90’s.


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

Eclipse was originally funded by IBM as open source.

There editions of Eclipse IDE:

  • The edition for working with Java is free
  • The edition working with Web (HTML) is licensed (costs money)
  • STS edition

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.

First Time

  1. Specify the workspace and check “Don’t show again”.

  2. Check the box to not display the wizard screen.


Perspectives define the size and location of different views on the workspace window.

  1. Right-click on the Perspectives icon at the upper-right corner and select “Show Text”.

  2. Click the icon to the right of the Perspective icon to open a list of perspectives.
  3. Click Cancel


Video Tutorials

There are a lot on YouTube:

Pluralsight.com has a two-part series from 2013 by Tod Gentille (@Tod Gentille) of syncorsystems.com:


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