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Install the Force.com IDE Plug-In

You can install the Force.com IDE into your existing Eclipse distribution or upgrade from a previous version.

Before installing the Force.com IDE, ensure that you have these items installed on your workstation.

  • A supported operating system
    • Windows 7, 8, or 10
    • macOS 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, or 10.11
    • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or 14.04 LTS
  • Java SE Development Kit (JDK), Runtime Environment 8, or later (Java download page)
    Be sure to download the full JDK—without it, the plug-in doesn’t load. On macOS, the full JDK is not the default JRE installation.
  • Eclipse 4.5 or later (Eclipse download site)

    The Eclipse IDE for Java Developers distribution is recommended.

  1. Launch Eclipse and select Help | Install New Software.As show in below image
  2. Click Add.
  3. In the Add Repository dialog, set the name to Force.com IDE and the location tohttps://developer.salesforce.com/media/force-ide/eclipse45. For Spring ’16 (Force.com IDE v36.0) and earlier Force.com IDE versions, use http://media.developerforce.com/force-ide/eclipse42.
  4. Click OK.
  5. To install an older version of the plug-in (for example, if you don’t have Java 8), deselect Show only the latest versions of available software.
    Eclipse downloads the list of available plug-ins and displays them in the Available Software dialog.
  6. Select the Force.com IDE plug-in, and then click Next.
  7. In the Install Details dialog, click Next.
  8. In the Review Licenses dialog, accept the terms and click Finish.
  9. If you choose to install support for Lightning components, Eclipse displays a warning dialog about installing software that contains unsigned content. We are bundling third-party plug-ins to support Lightning components. Salesforce doesn’t own these third-party plug-ins; hence, we don’t sign them. Click OK to proceed.
  10. Eclipse downloads and installs the Force.com IDE and the required dependencies. When the installation is complete, you are prompted to restart. Click Yes.
  11. When Eclipse restarts, select Window | Open Perspective | Other. Select Force.com and then click OK.

    You are now ready to develop and customize Force.com applications in Eclipse!

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