Eclipse Upgrading Tutorial

eclipse-logoEclipse is an multi-languageĀ Integrated Development Environment or IDE. The Eclipse was originally created by IBM, but the Eclipse Foundation has since taken over direction and development of the project. Eclipse started out as a Java IDE, but has since grown into much more.

If you are a developer working with this IDE here is how to upgrade Eclipse to the latest version.

You can update Eclipse installation with two methods: direct Eclipse upgrading and fresh install.

Method #1 – Direct Upgrading

1) Click Help > Check for Updates

2) Window > Preferences > Install/Update > Available Software Sites

3) Click ‘Add’

4) Enter

5) Click ‘Ok’

Method #2 – Fresh install with plugins import

Occasionally, due to incompatible changes in the update process, you won’t be able to upgrade Eclipse or some features. So you will need to download a fresh install.

1) Download and unzip a new build from the Eclipse download Web site ( or

Next step is to import plugins from your previous install.

2) File > Import > Install > From Existing Installation

3) Choose your previous installation and select the plugins

4) Click Next a couple times and wait for the updates to download to your machine.

5) Restart Eclipse

Upgrades may require administrator privileges to succeed and may fail with error messages:

“Only one of the following can be installed:”

In this case start Eclipse with “Run as administrator…” or with sudo if you work on GNU/Linux.

Complete upgrade instructions are always included in the Eclipse readme_eclipse.html file included with every build in the readme directory.

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