Version4(as of 10/22/2014)
PlatformsWindows, Mac, Linux
LicenseOpen Source
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Rating:3.9  |  26 Votes

Main Features

  • Free IDE for application development
  • Natively supports Java
  • Highly extensible
  • Customizable workspace
  • Easily integrates with version control systems

Software Overview

Eclipse is a free IDE that allows you to develop and debug software applications. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Eclipse is primarily used to develop Java software, but it can be used for other programming languages as well. For example, Eclipse has distributions used for developing C/C++ and PHP software. The program is based on Equinox technology, which provides a plugin system for extending the base software.

Below is a list of the major Eclipse distributions:

Eclipse's plugin framework makes it easy to install additional features. For example, you can also add support for languages such as Fortran, JavaScript, Perl, Ruby, Groovy, and Python with readily available plugins. Additionally, you can create your own plugins and share with other users.

If you are looking for a good, free Java IDE, Eclipse is a great development tool. If you develop applications in languages other than Java, there may be better options available.

Primary File Type

file  icon.PROJECTEclipse Project Settings File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.PROJECTEclipse Project Settings File
.BUILDPATHEclipse Build Path File
.CC/C++ Source Code File
.CPPC++ Source Code File
.CSSCascading Style Sheet
.GROOVYGroovy Source Code File
.HC/C++/Objective-C Header File
.HPPC++ Header File
.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File
.JAVAJava Source Code File
.JSJavaScript File
.JSPJakarta Server Page
.PHPPHP Source Code File
.PLPerl Script
.PROPERTIESJava Properties File
.PYPython Script
.RBRuby Source Code

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.ALXBlackBerry Application Loader XML File
.AP_ADT Android Developer Package
.APPLETEclipse Java Applet Policy File
.BSHBeanShell Script
.CLASSJava Class File
.CXXC++ Source Code File
.DITADITA Document
.EXLJSDAI Inclusion or Exclusion List
.FXMLFXML Source Code File
.GVYGroovy Source Code File
.HXXC++ Source Code Header File
.IPPInline Guard Macro File
.JJava Source File
.JARJava Archive
.JAVJava Source File
.JSPFJava Server Page Fragment
.NSHNSIS Header File
.PHP3PHP 3 Web Page
.SHBash Shell Script
.SVN-BASESubversion Base File
.SYMSymbols File
.TLDTag Library Descriptor File
.UMLUML Data Object Model
.XMIXML Metadata Interchange File
Updated 10/22/2014