How to Download and Install Eclipse Neon on Windows

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Looking to download and install Eclipse Neon on Windows?

Good news!

I’m going to explain you where you can find the package.

I’ll also guide you through the different installation steps.

Let’s go!

Check following post if you are looking to download and install Eclipse Mars or Eclipse Photon.

What is Eclipse?

Eclipse is an integrated development environment (IDE). Its primary use is for developing Java applications. But other programming languages are also supported.

The initial Eclipse codebase originated from IBM VisualAge. Today it is free and open-source software maintained by the Eclipse Foundation.

Step #1: Prerequisites

Eclipse requires Java to run. Let’s check if you have Java installed on your system.

Click on the Windows button. Then type “cmd” in the search box.

Click on the cmd shortcut.

windows search cmd

Wait for the command prompt to open.

Type “java -version” and press ENTER.

java version command

The above command prints the installed Java version.

java installed version

It also prints the whether you have the 32 or 64-bit version of Java.

java installed bit version

Take note of this as you will need it in the next step.

If you do not have Java installed on your system. Check following post which details how to install a Java Development Kit on Windows 10.

Step #2: Download

Head over to the Eclipse Neon Packages download page.

We will download the Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers package.

Click on your Windows version. This needs to match with the Java version installed on your system!

In this guide, we will install the 64-bit version.

eclipse neon packages download page

Wait for the download to complete.

Do you want to skip the above steps? Here is a direct link to download the 32 Bit or 64 Bit package for Windows.

Step #3: Install

Open the location of the downloaded package.

eclipse neon downloaded package

Right-click the ZIP archive file. Select Extract All....

eclipse neon downloaded package extract all

Select an extract destination for the Eclipse Neon files.

In this example, we extract in C:\Users\Downlinko\tools\eclipse\neon.

eclipse neon extract destination

Click on Extract. This extracts all Eclipse Neon files under C:\Users\Downlinko\tools\eclipse\neon.

From now on we refer to this location as [ECLIPSE_NEON_INSTALL_DIR].

eclipse neon install dir

Step #4: Run

To run Eclipse Neon navigate to the [ECLIPSE_NEON_INSTALL_DIR] installation directory.

Located the Application file called eclipse and double-click on it.

eclipse neon executable

On Windows 10 a pop-up window will appear: The app you're trying to install isn't a verified app from the Store

Click on Install anyway.

windows 10 install app not in store

Eclipse will start and prompt for a default workspace location.

If needed change the default location and click OK.

eclipse workspace default location

Wait for Eclipse Neon to open.

eclipse neon workspace

To verify the installed version click on Help and then on About Eclipse as shown below.

eclipse neon help about eclipse

This shows the Eclipse version: Neon.3 Release (4.6.3).

eclipse neon version

Congratulations, you have installed Eclipse Neon on Windows 10!

Now it’s time to look at some basic examples on how to use Eclipse.

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