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Starting Eclipse

you can start the Eclipse IDE, in many different ways depending on where you have installed Eclipse or what your path settings are.

  • Linux
~/USERNAME/eclipse/eclipse &

If eclipse command is in the PATH, you can simply type

eclipse &
  • Windows
  1. Double click on the eclipse executable in the Explorer
  2. If eclipse command is in the PATH, you can run it from the command line or from Run menu
C:\eclipse\eclipse.exe


The first time Eclipse is launched, it displays a dialog in which you can select the location for your workspace directory (typically a directory underneath your home directory). To avoid seeing this dialog every time you start Eclipse, check the Use this as the default and do not ask again option.

Eclipse Startup Dialog Box


In a few moments, all going well, the main Eclipse workbench window appears as shown in the following screen. The Welcome view opens automatically the first time that Eclipse is launched. It can be reopened at any time by using the Help>Welcome command.

Eclipse Welcome Screen





Normally, it consists of a main menu bar and toolbar as well as a number of tiled panes known as views and editors. Initially, only a full-screen welcome page, known as the Welcome view, is visible and fills the entire workbench. Take a moment to look it over as it provides links to other tools and resources to get you started with Eclipse such as an overview, tutorials, and a list of sample programs.

Now, Click on the Workbench icon to open C/C++ workspace perspective.


The welcome screen is only shown for the first time, subsequent invocation of eclipse will start with the previous session if the same workspace directory is selected.

Eclipse C/C++ Workbench