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Installing JBoss-IDE 1.2.2 on Eclipse 3.0M8

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 Help > Software Updates > Find and Install...

  3. Select "Search for new features to install".

  4. Select button "Add Update Site"

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

  6. Select checkbox "JBOSS_IDE" and press next button.


  7. Select JBoss-IDE 1.2.2 and press next button.

    Install JBoss-IDE 1.2.2

  8. Just continue and answer a few questions and at the end press Finish button. At the end of the installation, you will be prompted to restart Eclipse.

  9. To verify if JBoss-IDE 1.2.2 is installed:
    Select Help > Software Updates > Manage Configuration.

    Product Configuration