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Lightweight editors, theming and usability improvements for Eclipse

Pricing: A LiClipse license is US$ 80

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LiClipse can be downloaded as an update site to be installed on a base Eclipse install or as a native installer (recommended), which provides a pre-configured standalone for Windows (32 bits or 64 bits), Mac OS (64 bits) or Linux (32 bits or 64 bits).

The latest versions may be downloaded through the links below:

Note that 32 bit versions should only be used if you're really in a 32 bit machine.

Older versions may be downloaded from Google Drive (install instructions below for each platform).

It's interesting to note that other plugins (such as JDT, CDT, etc.) may be installed regularly in LiClipse using the provided update site for such plugins.

Note that for Mac OS 32 bits, the install must be done using the provided update site using a base Eclipse install. In this case, it's recommended to download the Eclipse Platform Runtime Binary from -- or a different Eclipse based bundle from your choice -- and install LiClipse as a plugin using the provided update site.

Install Instructions

Native Windows Install

Download the .exe file from Google Drive and run it locally, following the installer instructions.

Note: 64 bits installers, end with x86_64 and 32 bit installers end with x86.

Native Mac OS Install

Download the .dmg file from Google Drive, mount it as a disk and copy it (drag it) to the Applications dir.


On latest Mac OS X versions, after extracting the DMG, when executing, you may get an error such as:

"" is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it to the Trash.

This happens because LiClipse isn't currently signed or distributed through the Mac App Store.

To overcome this, right-click the file, choose 'open' and confirm -- instead of double-clicking it (note that this must be done only once, subsequent attempts to open with double-click should work properly).

Alternatively, it's possible to go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy and change "Allow Applications Downloaded From" to "Anywhere". You have to click the lock on the bottom to make changes. Once you start up, you can change it back to "Mac App Store and identified developers".

See: for details.

Native Linux Install

Download the .tar.gz from Google Drive.

Note: 64 bits installers, end with x86_64 and 32 bit installers end with x86.

Copy it to where you want to install it, unpack it at the chosen dir (where you have permissions) with:

tar xfz liclipse_VERSION_linux.gtk.ARCH.tar.gz (replacing VERSION and ARCH properly)

Then, create a link to start it using 'liclipse' from anywhere with:

sudo ln -s `pwd`/liclipse/LiClipse /usr/bin/liclipse

(or alternatively, just execute liclipse/LiClipse)

Important for Ubuntu 13.10 users onward: The menus may fail to work properly. In order to fix this, follow the instructions from changing from eclipse to liclipse where appropriate.

Update Site Install

To use the update site, download the UPDATE from Google Drive, extract it in a folder, then, on Eclipse (or a previously downloaded LiClipse) go to:

Help > Install New Software

and on the dialog add the folder where you extracted the update site contents, select all the items and follow the wizard (note: you may have to uncheck "group items by category" in order to see the items to be installed)..

Requirement: Eclipse 4.3.1

Note that to be installed, LiClipse requires Eclipse 4.3 (Kepler) onwards.

Requirement: Java 7

The installed Eclipse MUST be running with a Java 7 VM, otherwise LiClipse may not show as being installed or you'll have errors such as:

java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: SomeClass :
Unsupported major.minor version 51.0
at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass1(Native Method)
at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClassCond(Unknown Source)

-- Note that the native LiClipse installers ship by default with a VM, so, the installed java version shouldn't be a concern.

Requirement: uninstall conflicting bundles

Note that if you have some of the bundled plugins in Eclipse (i.e.: PyDev, AnyEdit, ColorTheme, StartExplorer, WorkspaceMechanic, Egit) you may have to uninstall it before installing LiClipse.

Updating Native Install

To update, 2 options are available:

1. Download the native installer again and install as a fresh install (but in this case you should install it on a different directory or first uninstall the existing version).

2. Update the current installation with an update site that's more recent following the update site instructions.