Eclipse is one of the widely used IDE for programing, especially for Android development. The reason behind this, the eclipse IDE can be used on average configuration based machines whereas most of the other high end IDEs like Android Studio needs a machine with very high amount of RAM and a lighting fast processor.
- We need the following tools and software packages in order to install eclipse IDE
- JDK(Java Development Kit)
- Eclipse IDE
- Android SDK(Software Development Kit)
Steps For Eclipse Installation
Install the JDK(Skip this step you have already installed): Visit here and download the JDK installation file according to your system.
The installation part is not a difficult task, you just need to press the Next button and it will be installed.
Now you have to add the JDK installation path(The “bin” folder) to “Environmental Variables so that you can access the compiler and interpreter from any directory.
For that, Got to My Computer/This PC —>Right click and select Properties—>Click on “Advanced system settings“—>”Environmental Variables“—>Select “Path“—>Click on “Edit….“—>Go to the last of the text field and put a semicolon(;) there—>Finally paste the path to the JDK’s bin folder(It will be something like this: C:Program FilesJavajdk1.8.0_91bin)
Install Android SDK: Install the Android SDK and open the “SDK Manager”. There you will see various android system images and libraries, downalod any platform(Android 4.0 or later is recommended) you want, download the “Android SDK Tools”, “Android SDK Platform-tools and “Android Support Repository”.
After that close the SDK Manager.eclipse.
Set up Eclipse IDE: Eclipse comes in a bundled package and you need not to install it, just extract the archive file to any drive of your PC and click on the executable file(exe).
When the welcome screen appears just close it and click on the “Window” menu—>Preferences—>Android
There you will see a Browse button, just click on it and set the path to where you have installed the Android SDK. Now clock on “Apply” then “OK”.
Next, Go to Help—>Install new software, in the “Work wiith” text field type: https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/ and click “add”.
Select the “Developer Tools” checkbox and click “Next”.
When the download get completed click on “Finish”
Creating Virtual Device: You need a virtual device or emulator to test your apps. Just go to “Window”—>AVD Manager, there you need to click on “new” button then create the the virtual device by selecting the appropriate configurations e.g- Android version, ROM, RAM. (Remember whatever amount of RAM or ROM you select that will be shared from your main system, so its advised to select a low amount of ROM and RAM, also select the screen quality as QVGA for a faster experience.)
That’s it, your IDE is fully ready for Android Development.