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Eclipse is an open source community project, which aims to provide a universal development platform. The Eclipse project is most widely known for its cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE). The Arch Linux packages (and this guide) relate specifically to the IDE.

The Eclipse IDE is largely written in Java but can be used to develop applications in a number of languages, including Java, C/C++, PHP and Perl. The IDE can also provide subversion support (see below) and task management (either through its built-in TODO list or through the eclipse-mylyn package).


It is very easy to install the Eclipse SDK in Arch Linux:

# pacman -S eclipse

This base package has Java development support built in.


C/C++ support

If you want to use Eclipse for C/C++ development, also install the Eclipse CDT:

# pacman -S eclipse-cdt

Perl support

If you want to use Eclipse for Perl development, also install EPIC:

# pacman -S eclipse-epic

PHP support

If you want to use Eclipse for PHP development, also install phpeclipse:

# pacman -S eclipse-phpeclipse

Subversion support

There are packages in [community] and AUR for enabling Subversion support.


From the project home, "Subclipse is an Eclipse Team Provider plug-in providing support for Subversion within the Eclipse IDE."

# pacman -S eclipse-subclipse

Take a look at How to use Subversion with Eclipse for more information about Subclipse.


Template:Package AUR is available from AUR.

See for details about this project.


Right after installation, Eclipse does not have any update repositories enabled, yet. On Eclipse's site you can find several URIs, which you can add through Window -> Preferences -> Install/Update -> Available Software Sites -> Add....

For Eclipse Indigo, add:

This automatically adds several other locations which you can enable in the Available Software Sites menu. After that you can update and install new software from Help -> Install New Software....

Using Sun JDK in place of OpenJDK

Eclipse depends on openjdk6 by default, which you can easily replaced by jdk.

# pacman -S jdk

By the way, you may want to link the file /opt/java/bin/java to /usr/bin/java:

# ln -s /opt/java/bin/java /usr/bin

Enable javadoc integration

Want to see API entries when hovering the mouse pointer over standard Java methods?

Online Version

If you have constant internet access on your machine, you can use the on-line documentation provided by sun. Just follow these instructions:

  1. Go to Window/Preferences, then go to Java/Installed JREs.
  2. There should be one named "java" with the type "Standard VM". Select this and click Edit.
  3. Select the Template:Filename item under "JRE system libraries:", then click "Javadoc Location...".
  4. Enter "" in the "Javadoc location path:" text field.
  5. Done!

Offline Version

If you have no internet connection on your development machine or do not want to constantly consume bandwidth for the documentation, you can store the documentation locally.

  1. Start your favorite web browser and navigate to
  2. Search for "Java SE 6 Documentation" and click the Download link.
  3. Follow the instructions to download the "" file. (e.g. to Template:Filename).
  4. Go to Window/Preferences, then go to Java/Installed JREs.
  5. There should be one named "java" with the type "Standard VM". Select this and click Edit.
  6. Select the Template:Filename item under "JRE system libraries:", then click "Javadoc Location...".
  7. Select the point "Javadoc in archive"
  8. Enter the path to the previously downloaded Template:Filename (e.g. Template:Filename) in the "Archive path:" text field.
  9. Done!


Update is generating dependency errors

When trying to update Eclipse by using the "Check for updates" functionality, dependency errors are showed. Login as root or start Eclipse with sudo. Only root has the necessary permissions to do the update.

Autocompletion and javadoc render crash

For some reason, libxul may crash. To fix this issue, you can try installing Template:Package Official and adding the following lines in your Template:Filename:


If that does not work (or if you do not want to use libwebkit) try:


Crash on first boot or when choosing "Help->Welcome"

Same as above. Edit Template:Filename and add just below -vmargs the line: