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How can I install Java & Eclipse on my own computer?

+12 votes
I know we can just use the Olin 204 (or 107/109/307) computers for our assignments, but it might be nice to have it on my own laptop  too...
asked Nov 15, 2015 in CSC 211 (F16) by Forrest Stonedahl (100 points)
recategorized Aug 21, 2016 by Forrest Stonedahl

1 Answer

+6 votes

First, get the Java Development Kit for Java version 8, go to:


We're interested in the stuff in the first gray box.  You'll need to accept the license agreement, and choose the appropriate download for Windows/Mac/etc.  Unless your computer/OS is very old, you probably want the 64-bit (x64) version, not the 32-bit i586 version.

Download & run the installer.

Eclipse for Windows:

Second, go to https://eclipse.org/downloads/packages/release/Mars/2 and download the "Eclipse IDE for Java Developers" for your operating system.  (Again probably choose 64-bit, unless you went with 32-bit Java above.).

After you download the zip file right click and "extract" it to "C:\", which should create a folder "C:\eclipse". Then you can create a shortcut to the "eclipse.exe" file on your desktop by "right-click dragging" the "eclipse.exe" file from C:\Eclipse onto your desktop.

(A step-by-step guide for Windows is available here: http://www.wikihow.com/Download,-Install,-and-Run-JDK-and-Eclipse , but it doesn't describe how to make the shortcut for handy use later.)

Eclipse for Mac:

  1. Download the "Mac Cocoa" link for the "Eclipse IDE for Java Developers" here: https://eclipse.org/downloads/packages/release/Mars/2 

  2. Continue with steps 4-7 on this page: https://beginnersbook.com/2016/04/how-to-install-eclipse-on-mac-os-x/

If you run into trouble, drop by my office (or ask a tutor), and we can help!

answered Nov 15, 2015 by Forrest Stonedahl (100 points)
edited Aug 20, 2017 by Forrest Stonedahl