The Eclipse IDE for Java Developers distribution is recommended for Force.com IDE (Eclipse download site). 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 site).
Note: 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.
- Launch Eclipse and select Help | Install New Software.
- Click Add.
- In the Add Repository dialog, set the name to Force.com IDE and the location to https://developer.salesforce.com/media/force-ide/eclipse45. For Spring ’16 (Force.com IDE v36.0) and earlier Force.com IDE versions, use https://developer.salesforce.com/media/force-ide/eclipse42.
- Click OK.
- 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.
- Select Force.com IDE.
- If you want to install the Apex Debugger or our tools for working with Lightning components, select Force.com Debugger or Force.com Lightning Support.
- Click Next.
- In the Install Details dialog, click Next.
- In the Review Licenses dialog, accept the terms and click Finish.
- If you chose 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.
- Eclipse downloads and installs the Force.com IDE and the required dependencies. When the installation is complete, you are prompted to restart. Click Yes.
- 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!
Note: When you create a project, you are sometimes prompted for a new master password. This master password is a separate password of your choosing. It’s required by Eclipse secure storage but not associated with your Force.com IDE credentials.