Install Eclipse C/C++ Juno on Mac OS X

Description

This tutorial will explain how to install and use Eclipse C/C++ with Mac OS X. I wrote a tutorial for Windows 7 some time ago because you need to install some additional software to be able to compile your programs. With Mac OS X this should be more easier if you already have Xcode installed.

Prepare your system

Apple offers you a free collection of development tools called Xcode. It although contains a IDE for Objective C and iOS development. Beside this it tools there are a lot of useful tools like different version control systems and console tools and very important the compilers. Because this is packed and very easy to install you should go to the AppStore and install Xcode if you don’t have it yet.

You will need to have Java installed on your Mac OS X as well but this is just a click if you try to run a Java application the first time.

Xcode Appstore Screenshot

 

Download Eclipse CDT for Mac OS X

Download the Eclipse CDT version of Eclipse from eclipse.org. I prefer the 64bit version.

Eclipse CDT MacOSX 64bit version

 

Extract the downloaded archive and move the eclipse folder to your Application directory. I renamed the folder to eclipse-cdt because I have different version of Eclipse in my Application folder. But the folder should contain the following files:

Eclipse CDT folder Mac OS X

 

Now you should be able to run the Eclipse IDE.

Eclipse Startscreen

First the Eclipse splashscreen will appear. Then you will be asked to define your workspace like the following prompt:

Eclipse define workspace prompt

Choose a folder or use the default value and continue with OK:

Eclipse CDT Mac OS X empty UI

You should get something like a welcome page or continue an empty overview over your new Eclipse C/C++ IDE.

Create a new C++ Project as shown below:

Eclipse Mac OS X create new C++ project

Eclipse CDT Mac OS X create new C++ project

Build the new project if it’s not done automatically after creation and run the binary:

Hello World programm C++ Max OSX Eclipse CDT

If everything went well you should see the Hello World message in your output console:

Eclipse C++ IDE Hello World on Mac OS X

How to find the eclipse.ini configuration file

Because the eclipse.ini file is hidden in the Mac package I wrote a blog post some time ago how to change it. You can find the post here. Should work for Eclipse Juno as well.

Maybe this helps you to get your IDE up and running to do awesome stuff with it. Feel free to add a comment if I missed a step.

3 thoughts on “Install Eclipse C/C++ Juno on Mac OS X

  1. Hanna

    As soon as I tried running the project, Hello World, as 1 Local C/C++ Application. It stated, ‘Launch failed. Binary not found.’ How should I fix this? Thank you so much for your help!

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  2. Raiden

    Make sure you have all of your required binary files downloaded onto your computer. Also make sure you are building the project before you try to run it.

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  3. Walid Ahmad

    i followed the same proceeder when i complete the download and run the program it says eclipse is undefined program , any suggestion plz.

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