How to install Eclipse IDE

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Eclipse is a multi-language software development environment comprising an integrated development environment (IDE) and an extensible plug-in system. It is written mostly in Java. It can be used to develop applications in Java and, by means of various plug-ins, other programming languages including Ada, C, C++, COBOL, Haskell, Perl, PHP, Python, R, Ruby (including Ruby on Rails framework), Scala, Clojure, Groovy, Android and Scheme. One of these interesting plugins is the Yocto Eclipse IDE Plug-in.

The Yocto Eclipse IDE Plug-in integrates the functionality of the Yocto Project Application Development Toolkit (ADT) and toolchain into the Eclipse IDE. This allows its users direct access to deploy, build, run and debug your own project. More information about Eclipse software here.

NOTE: If you use IGEP SDK Virtual Machine you don't need to follow this guide, go directly to How to develop with Eclipse IDE under IGEP technology


This guide was tested under Linux Mint Lisa 12, Eclipse 3.7 Indigo and Yocto IDE Plug-in 1.2


Install Java Runtime Environment

Eclipse IDE has Java dependencies. Java Runtime Environment should be installed, but if you don't have it type next command in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jre

Install Eclipse IDE

Download Eclipse 3.7 Indigo for C/C++ Linux Developers, choose 32 or 64 bits version depends your machine.

You maybe want to install "build-essential" package to test programs in your Host computer. Install it using the next command:

sudo apt-get install build-essential 

Extract Eclipse binaries, in my case the downloaded file is located at Downloads folder:

jdoe@ubuntu ~/Downloads $ tar xzf eclipse-linuxtools-indigo-incubation-linux-gtk.tar.gz -C ~/ 

Install Yocto SDK


Open Eclipse IDE

Eclipse binaries are located inside ~/eclipse folder. Open IDE clicking eclipse executable file, at first program execution you should configure "workspace" directory.

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Update Eclipse IDE

You should update Eclipse IDE before install plugins:

  • Go to Help menu -> Check for Updates...
  • Follow the assistant and restart Eclipse program

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Install Linux tools

Yocto Eclipse IDE Plug-in has Linux Tools Plug-in dependencies, so you need to install Linux tools first:

  • Go to Help menu -> Install New Software...
  • Click "Avaliable Software Sites" inside Install window
  • Enable Linux Tools in software site list and click OK
  • Select Linux Tools in Work with list.
  • Mark Linux Tools software
  • Follow the assistant and restart Eclipse program

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Install Yocto Eclipse IDE Plug-in

Now is time to install Yocto Eclipse IDE Plug-in:

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Configure Yocto Eclipse IDE Plug-in

Yocto Eclipse IDE Plug-in is not configured by default:

  • Go to Window menu -> Preferences
  • Select Yocto Project ADT and fill configuration like image below
  • Apply changes

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Set up a connection between IGEP and Host computer

Now you can compile programs for IGEP devices, but it is necessary configure a connection between IGEP and Host machine to debug/run applications remotely:

  • Go to Window menu -> Open Perspective -> Other...
  • Select Remote System Explorer
  • In "Remote System" window, right click: New -> Connection...
  • Select TCF system type
  • In "Host Name" field type your <IGEP IP address>
  • In TCF Connection Settings properties change Login:Required and Pwd.Required values to true

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