Provides all the steps required to install Eclipse for C++ on Windows and getting started with C/C++ using Hello World.

How To Install Eclipse for C++ On Windows
How To Install Eclipse for C++ On Windows
September 12, 2019

Eclipse is widely used to develop applications using Java, PHP, and C/C++ as the programming languages. It's one of the most popular open-source IDE among the developers. This tutorial provides all the steps required to install Eclipse for C/C++ Developers to develop applications in C or C++.

It assumes that Java is already installed on the system. You may also be interested in How To Install OpenJDK 12 On Windows and How To Install Java 11 On Windows.

It also assumes that appropriate C++ compiler is already installed on the system. You may also be interested in How To Install MinGW on Windows to install MinGW or MinGW-W64 having C++ compiler.

Step 1 - Download Eclipse

Open the Eclipse Packages Page to view the various packages distributed by the Eclipse Foundation. It shows the package for C/C++ as shown in Fig 1.

Eclipse - C/C++ - Packages

Fig 1

Click on the 64-bit for Windows option as highlighted in Fig 1. It will navigate to the Downloads Page as shown in Fig 2.

Eclipse - C/C++ - Download

Fig 2

Click on the Download Button to start the download. You may also choose other mirror sites as listed on the Downloads Page.

Step 2 - Install Eclipse

In this step, we will install Eclipse for C/C++ Developers using the zip downloaded in the previous step. Extract the download to your preferred location having sufficient space on the disk. The extract will look like the one as shown in Fig 3.

Eclipse - C/C++ - Installed

Fig 3

You may also create the desktop shortcut to execute it from the desktop using the executable available in the bin directory. Now execute the Eclipse using the executable. It will ask to choose the workspace as shown in Fig 4.

Eclipse - C/C++ - Workspace

Fig 4

Choose appropriate workspace location and click on the Launch Button to launch Eclipse. Also, make sure to uncheck the checkbox as highlighted in Fig 4 to show the Workspace Selection Option at the start of Eclipse. It will show the welcome screen as shown in Fig 5.

Eclipse - C/C++ - Welcome

Fig 5

Close the Welcome Screen to view the default layout of the Workspace for C/C++ as shown in Fig 6.

Eclipse - C/C++ - Workspace Layout

Fig 6

Step 3 - C++ - Hello World

In this step, we will create the hello.cpp file and update it to print Hello World on the Console. Right-click on the File and hover over the New Option as shown in Fig 7. It will show options to create a C++ Project. Click on the C/C++ Project option to start creating the project.

Eclipse - C/C++ - New Project

Fig 7

The New Project Dialog will show options to choose Project Type as shown in Fig 8.

Eclipse - C/C++ - Project Type

Fig 8

I have selected C++ Project as highlighted in Fig 8. Now click on the Next Button to configure the Project as shown in Fig 9.

Eclipse - C/C++ - Project Config

Fig 9

I have selected an Empty Executable Project with MinGW GCC as highlighted in Fig 9. Right-click on the Project and hover over New to view file options as shown in Fig 10.

Eclipse - C/C++ - New File

Fig 10

Click on the Source File as highlighted in Fig 10. It will show options to configure the File as shown in Fig 11.

Eclipse - C/C++ - File Config

Fig 11

Now click on the Finish Button to create the file using the selected template. Update the file to print Hello World as shown in Fig 12.

Eclipse - C/C++ - File Update

Fig 12

Right-click the project and choose the option to build as highlighted in Fig 13.

Eclipse - C/C++ - Build Project

Fig 13

It will show the build results on the Console as shown in Fig 14.

Eclipse - C/C++ - Project Built

Fig 14

Now again right-click the project and choose the option to run it as local application as highlighted in Fig 15.

Eclipse - C/C++ - Run Project

Fig 15

After executing successfully, it will show the result on the console as shown in Fig 16.

Eclipse - C/C++ - Output

Fig 16

Step 4 - C - Hello World

In this step, we will create the hello.c file and update it to print Hello World on the Console.

Create a C Project with the name HelloC following the same steps as we did for C++ Project. Also, create a file hello.c with the source code as shown in Fig 17.

Eclipse - C - File

Fig 17

Follow the same steps as we did with HelloCPP Project to build and execute it as Local Application. It will show the output as shown in Fig 18.

Eclipse - C - Output

Fig 18

This is how we can install Eclipse for C and C++. We have also created the projects for C and C++, built and executed them to print Hello World on the console.

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