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Installing LiClipse

The recommended way of using LiClipse is by downloading the native installer for your platform, which provides a pre-configured standalone for Windows (32 bits or 64 bits), Mac OS (64 bits) or Linux (32 bits or 64 bits).

However, it's also possible to install it through the update site:
(note that you must have Java 8 installed in this case -- see details on the Update Site Install section).

The latest versions may be downloaded through the links below:

Note that 32 bit versions are no longer available (so, if you need to work on a 32 bit machine, please use an older version of LiClipse).

It's possible to verify the SHA256 of the downloaded file in: LiClipse 7.0.0 files SHA256.

Older versions may be downloaded from MediaFire (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 MediaFire and run it locally, following the installer instructions.

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

Note 2: you may have to unblock the file to be executed as pointed in:

Native Mac OS Install

Download the .dmg file from MediaFire, 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, it's possible to do the following:

Native Linux Install

Download the .tar.gz from MediaFire.

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 MediaFire, extract it in a folder, or use the URL: 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 want uncheck "group items by category" if you want to get the LiClipse RCP application too)..

Requirement: Eclipse 4.6

Note that to be installed, LiClipse requires Eclipse 4.6 (Neon) onwards.

Requirement: Java 8

The installed Eclipse MUST be running with a Java 8 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, Egit) you may have to uninstall it before installing LiClipse.

Updating Native Install

To update, 2 options are available (option 1 is recommended):

1. Download the native installer again and install as a fresh install in a different folder, then, to restore other plugins, go to File > Import > Install > From Existing Installation and import the plugins you want to keep from your previous install.

After the install is complete, just make sure you point to the same workspace you used previously so that other configurations are kept.

2. Update the current installation with an update site that's more recent following the update site instructions. Note that due to a bug, updating Mac OS won't work properly for LiClipse versions lower than 4.0 (so, on MacOS, if upgrading an install with version 3.x or before, option 1 must be used).