Install Python and Java before installing Eclipse.
You may want to print these instructions before proceeding, so that you can refer to them while downloading and installing Eclipse. Or, just keep this document in your browser. You should read each step completely before performing the action that it describes. This document shows downloading and installing Eclipse (Oxygen) on Windows 7 in Summer 2017. You should download and install the latest version of Eclipse. The current latest (as of Summer 2017) is Eclipse (Oxygen).
The Eclipse download requires about 300 MB of disk space; keep it on your machine, in case you need to re-install Eclipse. When installed, Eclipse requires an additional 330 MB of disk space.
The following page will appear in your browser. In this handout we will download Eclipse IDE for Eclipse Committers for Windows 32 Bit; if your computer uses Windows, continue below; otherwise choose either Mac Cocoa or Linux instead.
It is critical that Java, Python, and Eclipse are either all 32 Bit or are all 64 Bit (and only if your Machine/OS supports 64 Bit): I think it easiest to use 32 Bit for everything.
You will see the following page (don't worry about the name of the institution underneath the orange DOWNLOAD button).
This file should start downloading in your standard download folder, while showing a splash screen about donating to Eclipse. This file is about 300 Mb so it might take a while to download fully if you are on a slow internet connection (it took me about 5 minutes over a cable modem). Don't worry about the exact time as long as the download continues to make steady progress. In Chrome progress is shown on the bottom-left of the window, via the icon
The file should appear as
Terminate the tab browsing this webpage.
If you do not have IZArc or an equivalent unzipping program, here is the web site to download a free copy of IZarc.
Unzipping this file creates a folder named eclipse; unzipping 250 MB can take a few minutes. You can leave this folder here or move it elsewhere on your hard disk. I recommend putting the downloaded file and resulting folder in the C:\Program Files\ directory.
Now you are ready to perform a one-time only setup of Eclipse on your machine.
The following splash screen will appear
and then an Eclipse Launcher pop-up window will appear.
In the Workspace text box, your name should appear between C:\Users\ and \eclipse-workspace, instead of Pattis.
Leave unchecked the Use this as the default and do not ask again box. Although you will use this same workspace for the entire quarter (checking projects in and out of it), it is best to see this Workspace Launcher pop-up window each time you start Eclipse, to remind you where your workspace is located.
In fact, it is a good idea to create on your desktop a shortcut to your workspace folder; but you must click OK (see below) before Eclipse creates this folder and you can create a shortcut to it.
Progress bars will appear as Eclipse loads.
Eventually the Eclipse workbench will appear with a Welcome tab covering it.
You will not see the Welcome tab when you start Eclipse again, after this first time.
The Install pop-up window will appear.
In a few seconds the information under Name should change from
There is no site selected to Pending to
Select only the top PyDev checkbox; do NOT select the
PyDev Mylyn Integration (optional) box.
Check before proceeding that the Install pop-up window appears as
A new Install pop-up window will appear.
A new Install pop-up window will appear.
Select the I accept the terms of the license agreement radio button, so the window appears as
The lower right-hand corner of the eclipse-workspace - Eclipse window will show the various operations it is performing and a progress bar for each one.
Because the installer is fetching various files online, this process might take a few minutes.
If you see a Security Warning pop-up window
Click Install anyway.
The installation will finish (the progress bar will disappear).
A Software Updates pop-up window will appear.
Eclipse will terminate and restart. As you did in step 4, terminate (click OK on) the Welcome Tab.
A Select Interpreter pop-up window appears.
Click Browse and the Open pop-up window should show you the folder in which Python was installed (here Python 36-32).
Double-click python.exe (or select it and click Open).
Change the Name in the Select Interpreter pop-up window to be simply Python36 (or whatever version of Python is installed). The Select Interpreter pop-up window should appear as
A Selection needed pop-up window will appear.
Actually, your window should have only the 4 ...AppData\Local... checkboxes; don't worry if the ...AppData\Roaming... one (4th of 5 in this window) is absent.
The Preferences pop-up window will be changed to
On my system the path to the Python interpreter was so long, not all of it could be seen under Location
A Progress Information pop-up window will appear.
During installation, it will show the various operations it is performing and a progress bar for each one. Eventually the installation will terminate.
If the following pop-up window appears
Ensure the "Public networks, such as those in airports...." checkbox is NOT checked, and then click Allow Access.
The Open Perspective pop-up window will appear.
The Package Explorer in the upper-left tab will change to PyDev Package Explorer, and a Python icon will appear to the right of the Java icon (on the far right).
The Eclipse workbench will now have only the PyDev icon here and will look like