Installing Plug-ins in the Eclipse Environment
|1.0||Installing a Plug-in with an Update Site|
|2.0||Installing a Plug-in Manually|
|3.0||Updating Installed Plug-ins|
Most plug-ins will have an update site, making it easy to add and update plug-ins within Eclipse. Steps 1.2.1 and 1.2.2 outline how to setup a connection to an update site. Section 3.0 outlines how to update a plug-in from an already existent update site.
1.1 Find the URL of the update site for the plug-in.
1.2 Create a connection to an update site within Eclipse (The directions may vary slightly depending on what version of Eclipse you are using, but the idea is the same across all 3.x releases. These directions are specific to Eclipse 3.5).
If a plug-in does not have an update site, then you will be able to download the plug-in as a zip file. To install the plug-in, unzip the file into the Eclipse installation directory (or the plug-in directory depending on how the plug-in is packaged). The plug-in will not appear until you have restarted your workspace (Reboot Eclipse).
If you have already created an update site for a plug-in, it is easy to look for new updates.
3.1 Select Help > Check for Updates as shown in the following Figure.
3.2 Eclipse will automatically search all the update sites you have provided and come back with a list similar to the one below.
3.3 Check the features that you would like updates for. Click Next. Confirm the list that you selected and click Finish.
3.4 Eclipse will automatically perform the updates you requested. Then you will see the following dialog. Click Yes and wait for Eclipse to restart the workbench. Congratulations, now your new plug-in is installed!