Eclipse RCP Tutorial: How to install PDE

PDE is what you need for developing Eclipse Plug-in projects. Installing PDE is the first step for doing RCP development. It can be installed in two different ways.

1. Download an eclipse version with PDE

Download site URL:

The version you will need is "Eclipse for RCP and RAP Developers".


2. Install PDE as a plug-in to your existing Eclipse installed

Click "Help" -> "Install New Software"


Add a new site from eclipse update site( based on your eclipse version.
Select RCP plugin, then following the wizard to complete the installation.


You can find your eclipse version number by clicking "Help" -> "About Eclipse SDK". The version info will be shown like the following:


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