Video Steps to Installing Eclipse for C++ on Windows 7

Installing Eclipse to do C++ development on any operating system involves several steps; the links below will walk you through the steps on a computer running Windows 7. The installation should go smoothly if you follow these steps exactly, and in order. The only exception is if you already have Eclipse for Java development installed on your computer, in which case you may skip steps 1 and 2.

Each video opens in a new window (or tab), so at the conclusion of each video, just close that window (or tab) to return to this page. Each video is less than 5 minutes long. Here are the steps:

  1. If necessary, install Java onto your system:
    1. Download Java.
    2. Install Java.
    3. Test Java (Create/update your PATH environment variable).
  2. If necessary, download and install Eclipse for Java Developers:
    1. Download Eclipse.
    2. Install and Test Eclipse.
  3. Install a C++ compiler, debugger, and make utility (We will use the free, open-source Cygwin versions of g++, gdb, and make.)
    1. Find and Download Cygwin.
    2. Install Cygwin.
    3. Test Cygwin (Update your PATH environment variable) so that the system can find the C++ compiler, debugger, and make.
  4. Install CDT, the Eclipse plugin for C++ developers:
    1. Install CDT.
    2. Test your installation of CDT.
    3. Customize your installation of CDT.

These instructions use Cygwin 1.7.17-1, Eclipse 3.8 (Juno), and CDT 8.1.1, which were the current versions when these videos were created. The steps to install subsequent versions of Cygwin, Eclipse, and CDT should be similar.

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