Eclipse CDT, MinGW, and C/C++ Development
The Eclipse Project provides a
development environment foundation for developing in a multitude of
programming languages. C/C++
Development Tooling (CDT) is an Eclipse extension for C/C++
development. Eclipse, CDT, and the MinGW toolchain together form a robust,
open source C/C++ development environment.
What follows are instructions for installing this trio on your personal
computer running Windows XP or Windows Vista.
(Possibly optional) Install the Java 5.0 Update 13 JDK from jdk-1_5_0_13-windows-i586-p.exe.
Accept the installation defaults.
The Eclipse distribution below requires a Java 5.0 JDK (any Java 5.0 JDK,
Update 13 or later, should be sufficient). If you already have an
appropriate JDK installed, you need not re-install it. The Java Runtime
Environment (JRE) alone is NOT sufficient for running Eclipse.
Install MinGW from MinGW.exe, which is a
self-extracting archive. Extract the archive into its OWN folder and
follow the instructions in README.txt in the folder. Installation is
finished once step 4 is completed, unless you also want to develop OpenGL
programs (if you plan on taking CS 320), in which case you should also
complete step 5. There is no need to install pexports-0.43.zip. You may
delete the extraction folder once installation is complete.
Install the Eclipse Europa distribution by downloading and running this
self-extracting archive, accepting the installation directory default:
Eclipse. The archive will
install Eclipse into C:\Program Files\eclipse and place an Eclipse
Start menu shortcut into C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start
Menu\Programs for you.
If you already have Eclipse Europa installed, you need not re-install it.
Extract the Eclipse CDT from cdt-master-4.0.1.zip into its own folder.
(The CDT requires the Eclipse Europa distribution.) Start Eclipse. From
Eclipse's "Help" menu choose "Software Updates", then select "Find and
Install...". Next, select "Search for new features to install." Click the
"New Local Site..." button. Navigate to, and select, the folder to which
you extracted the CDT files earlier. Select "OK", then select "Finish".
Select the folder to which you extracted the files (again), and continue
working through the dialog boxes. When you get to the Feature Verification
dialog box, click the "Install All" button. Restart Eclipse when you are
prompted to do so. Eclipse should restart, showing a "C/C++ Development"
item on the introductory Overview page. You may now remove the folder to
which you had extracted the CDT files.
Congratulations, you now have before you a professional-quality open source
C/C++ development environment.
Last updated July 21, 2010.
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