The Eclipse Workbench is an open source platform, designed by IBM and released to the open source community. It is an open, portable, universal tooling platform that provides frameworks, services and tools for building tools.

In essence the workbench provides the tool infrastructure. With this infrastructure in place, the tool builders are able to focus on the actual building of their tools. The workbench has been designed for maximum flexibility to support the development of tools for new technologies that may merge in the future.

Industry leaders Borland, IBM, Merchant, QNX Software Systems, Rational Software, RedHat, SuSE, TogetherSoft, and WebGain formed the initial board of directors and began work on the Eclipse open source project.

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There are hundreds of plugins which you can add to Eclipse, for example plugins for testing, code management, uml, xml, etc. The Eclipse plugins can be found at:

Installing (CDT) C/C++ plugin

The CDT (C/C++ Development Tools) Project is working towards providing a fully functional C and C++ Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the Eclipse platform. More information about the C/C++ plugin can be found at:

Note: The plugin does NOT contain a compiler, a make program and a debugger.
You needs these utilities to build your C/C++ code and debug your C/C++ executable.
Cygwin or MinGW contains these utilities for a Windows environment.

Operating system used
Windows XP Home Edition Version 5.1 SP 2

Software prerequisites
Eclipse version 3.0 or higher
Utlities for C++ development

  1. Start Eclipse.

  2. Select menu: Help | Software Updates | Find and Install

    Eclipse install plugin step 1

  3. Select radio button: Search for new features to install

  4. Press button: New Remote Site
    Enter the following information:
    Name: CDT

    Eclipse install plugin step 2

  5. Expand the CDT node and select CDT 2.0.2

    Eclipse install plugin step 3

  6. Press Next button

  7. Select the features to install and press Finish button.

  8. The C/C++ plugin is now installed.