If you want to test eclipse on your mac, be sure to download the latest release candidate (3.0 RC2 the last time I checked). Since RC1 or RC2 the buttons on MacOSX are smaller than in previous mac versions (proably a change in SWT), which makes it much more usable, especially on “small” screens, such as 1024×768. Also, the new advanced syntax highlighting is really nice (Preferences -> Java Editor -> Advanced Highlighting or so). I guess Apple will now push Eclipse as the Java IDE for MacOSX instead of implementing (useful) Java-integration for XCode, which would’t be a bad desicion, as Eclipse is a really nice tool and actually makes developing with Java “not so bad”.
For Installing Eclipse on Mac OS X Go to to download a copy of eclipse • The first item listed is 'Eclipse IDE for Java Developers (98 MB).' On the right is a green, downward-pointing arrow. Next to that are links labeled 'Mac OS X 32 Bit' and 'Mac OS X 64 Bit.' Click on the 'Mac OS X 32 Bit' link. (Even if you have nice, new 64-bit Mac, it should run the 32-bit version just fine.) • You will see a window like this:(The location next to the green, downward-pointing arrow might not be Virginia Tech, but that's OK.
Update site URL: (Multiplatform); Eclipse. Tested and verified for MS Windows XP/7/8/10, Linux and Mac OS X.
And the 'Get It Faster Here' locations might be different, but that doesn't matter, either.) Click on the green, downward pointing arrow. A download of eclipse-java-helios-SR2-macosx-cocoa.tar.gz will start. If you first get a window like thisjust click 'OK' so that the downloaded file opens with Archive Utility. • The download will go to your Downloads folder. You will normally have an icon for the Downloads folder on the right-hand side of the dock. Find eclipse-java-helios-SR2-macosx-cocoa.tar.gz in your Downloads folder, and drag it to the Desktop.
Then double-click it. You will see a folder named 'eclipse.' • Drag the 'eclipse' folder into your Applications folder. The easiest way to do so is to open a new window in the Finder and click on Applications in the list you get on the left-hand side. Then drag the 'eclipse' folder in with the other applications.
Make sure that you do not drag it into a folder that's already within Applications. In other words, when you're done, the Applications folder should have directly within it a folder named 'eclipse.'
• (This step is not required, but it's strongly recommended.) Double click the 'eclipse' folder. You'll see an application named 'Eclipse'; it has a purple icon with white horizontal stripes. Drag it into your dock. Now you will be able to launch Eclipse by clicking on the icon in the dock. • You may now drag eclipse-java-helios-SR2-macosx-cocoa.tar.gz to the Trash. Empty the Trash whenever you wish.