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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, Mac OS or Linux.

However, it's also possible to install it through the update site:
using a base Eclipse install (note that you must have Java 11 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 standalone 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 9.0.1 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.

Install Instructions

Native Windows Install

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

Native Mac OS Install

Download the .tar.gz file from MediaFire, double-click to extract it in the Downloads Folder then move it (drag it) to the /Applications dir.


On latest Mac OS X versions, after extracting the .tar.gz, 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 nor distributed through the Mac App Store.

To overcome this, it's possible to remove the quarantine flag from the file by running:

xattr -d /Applications/

(note that the path may have to be updated if you installed it somewhere else).

p.s.: if you want to verify the integrity of the download, it's possible to verify the SHA256 of the downloaded file following the instructions in: LiClipse 9.0.1 files SHA256.

Native Linux Install

Download the .tar.gz from MediaFire.

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 4.20

Note that to be installed, LiClipse requires Eclipse 4.20 (2021-06) onwards.

Requirement: Java 11

The installed Eclipse MUST be running with a Java 11 VM, otherwise LiClipse may not show as being installed or you'll have errors such as:

java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: SomeClass :
Unsupported major.minor version 55.0
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).