September 24, 2010

Installing C/C++ Plugin In Eclipse

Eclipse has long been used for developing Java applications. When it comes to C/C++, developers familiar with Eclipse would like to use the same, rather than shifting to another IDE.

After Googling for quite long, I came across many links, but most of them were tutorials for downloading Eclipse CDT (C/C++ Development Tooling) IDE. I prefer a plugin for the existing IDE, instead of a separate IDE, even though Eclipse.

Installing Eclipse CDT IDE

1. Download from here.

2. Extract the archive, configure, compile and install.

Installing C/C++ Plugin In Eclipse IDE

1. From Help-> Install New Software..., go to the Install window.

2. Enter the location for Eclipse Galileo (3.5) or for Eclipse Helios (3.6). Click Add.

3. Select the items you need to install. I selected the following.

(a) Under CDT Main Features

i) Eclipse C/C++ Development Tools

(b) Under CDT Optional Features

i) CDT GNU Toolchain Build Support
ii) CDT GNU Toolchain Debug Support
iii) CDT Utilities
iv) Eclipse C/C++ Development Platform

Note: If you select all, some of the items may not be installed.

Then click Next.

4. You get a review window. Click Next.

5. Accept the terms and conditions and click Finish.

6. After completion of the plugin, Eclipse asks you for a restart. Click Yes.

Installation successful!