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Installing JBoss-IDE 1.2.0 on Eclipse 2.1.1

JBoss-IDE is a set of plug-ins for Eclipse which provides the following features :
  • The debugging and monitoring of JBoss servers and the control of their life cycle (start/stop).
  • A very comfortable and sophisticated support for XDoclet (completion and generation).
  • An easy way to configure the packaging layout of archives (packed or exploded)
  • A simple way to deploy the packaged and/or exploded archive to a JBoss server
This guide describes how to install JBoss-IDE using the Eclipse Install/Update manager.
JBoss-IDE is only available through the Eclipse Install/Update manager.
The latest JBoss-IDE version can be downloaded from:
The JBoss-IDE is released under the GNU Lesser General Public License (GPL)

Operating system used
Windows XP Home Edition Version 5.1 SP 2

Software prerequisites
Eclipse version 2.1.0 or higher
JBoss 3.0 or higher

  1. Start Eclipse.

  2. Select the Install/Update Perspective via:
    Install/Update Perspective button
    Help > Software Updates > Update Manager
    Window > Open Perspective > Install/Update

  3. In the Feature Update view, select New > Site Bookmark

    Install/Update Perspective

  4. Enter an update site:
    Name: JBOSS_IDE (example)

    New Site Bookmark

  5. Open the newly created node (JBOSS_IDE) and its child node called JBoss-IDE 1.0. Select the version (JBoss-IDE 1.2.0) to install and in the Preview view more information can be found. If this selected version is not installed the Preview view shows an Install Now button.

    Note 1:
    If you are behind a proxy:
    Select: Window > Preferences > Install/Update
    Select: Enable HTTP Proxy connection
    Insert values for Host Address and Port

    Note 2:
    To check for JBoss-IDE updates:
    Select: Help > Software Updates > New Updates
    Via Window > Preferences > Install/Update you can choose for which changes of versions Eclipse is supposed to look.

    Eclipse Install Plugin

  6. Press the Install Now button.

    JBoss-IDE 1.2.0 adds following directories to Eclipse: