Eclipse IDE

RATING:

4.3

(184)

About Eclipse IDE

Eclipse is a free open-source integrated development environment that allows users to create Java-based applications. Eclipse IDE is composed of plug-ins and be customized using third-party plug-ins. With its extensible plug-in framework, Eclipse can support other programming languages such as Fortran, Haskell, C, C++, JavaScript, Lua, PHP, Python, R, Ruby, Scala, and more.

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Eclipse IDE Pricing

Eclipse IDE is free and open source.

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Eclipse IDE Reviews

Overall Rating

4.3

Ratings Breakdown

Secondary Ratings

Ease-of-use

4

Customer Support

4

Value for money

4.5

Functionality

4.5

Most Helpful Reviews for Eclipse IDE

1 - 5 of 183 Reviews

User Profile

Gabriel

Verified reviewer

Financial Services, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used weekly for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

3

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed July 2023

Eclipse, an industry standard

PROS

Eclipse continues to be one of the best Java IDEs available. My specific use case is not with Java, but particularly ABAP via the extension ABAP development tools. It is a great leap ahead of the traditional development via SE80 in the SAP client. Eclipse is very extensible and has existed for a long time, which allows to have a great set of add-ons available to enhance your development. Also, SAP has focused all its new features on Eclipse. Now tools and frameworks such as CDS, RAP, AMDP are only available on Eclipse.

CONS

It has a steep learning curve. When you open it for the first time, it can be overwhelming to look at so many options, menus. You also have to understand views and perspectives to make full use of it.It can also look outdated, especially when you compare it to IDEs with modern UIs such as Visual Studio Code which is one of the most popular ones.

Anonymous

201-500 employees

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

4

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

3

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed May 2022

Best IDE for Web Development

Its great to use and lot better than most of the IDE's which are used for similar purpose

PROS

The IDE is small in size and provides a lot of features and only the extensions which we are using in the project, we can just add that in our project, thus making the final Jar smaller, which is a very good feature. I really like the IDE this way.

CONS

The collaboration with other tools is a bit of research that needs to be done in order to use it correctly

Reason for choosing Eclipse IDE

Because its lightweight and best for Java Spring boot development

Reasons for switching to Eclipse IDE

Eclipse is compact and easy to understand and compact and almost every company uses this.

Maha

Computer Software, 501-1,000 employees

Used weekly for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

3

EASE OF USE

4

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

3

FUNCTIONALITY

3

Reviewed August 2023

Eclipse IDE: The Traditional IDE for Professional Java Development

I was an Eclipse user for developing Java desktop and server-side applications. I migrated to Apache NetBeans for a better user experience.

PROS

My main use of Eclipse is in the field of Java desktop and server-side development on Linux and MAC. Eclipse provides basic IDE services for Java developers which augments code auto-completion (not very responsive/intelligent), debugging, unit testing, and profiling services that supports rapid application development on the desktop. I used Eclipse for developing Servlet, JSP, and EJB server-side code as well. Eclipse can be linked to the Apache Tomcat Servlet container to support the automatic deployment of Java server-side components on application servers. Moreover, desktop applications requiring RDBMS access can be easily developed in Eclipse by loading pre-imported JDBC drivers for popular databases such as MySQL and Oracle. Eclipse is a rich Java IDE but faithfully many other IDEs such as Apache NetBeans and IntelliJ IDEA are much more user-friendly and intelligent in terms of code autocompletion and debugging.

CONS

Eclipse is still lagging in terms of code autocompletion compared to other popular Java IDEs such as Apache NetBeans and IntelliJ IDEA. Many developers are migrating from Eclipse to those IDE due to this reason. Eclipse will surely stay as the legacy Java IDE especially that the Eclipse project is adding support for other programming environments other than Java, but the user base is definitely not as large as it was in the previous 10 years or so.

Justin

Marketing and Advertising, 2-10 employees

Used weekly for less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

4

EASE OF USE

3

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed September 2022

The Kitchen Sink

Overall, you can def get the job done with Eclipse. They really do put their heart and soul into the product, and the fact that it has such a strong long-lived community says a lot. I think if you are a hardcore developer or engineer, Eclipse is a great candidate for your champion IDE, but if you are seasoned old guy like myself, I prefer simplicity, more purpose-built IDE's; aka I prefer less features and more mastery in my IDE. As such my go-to's are often a hodgepodge of tools that compliment each other (due the type of work I often do). As such, I don't use Eclipse as much as some. I recommend you check it out -- see if it's your style and if so, buy them some coffee -- they really do a great job and I applaud them for being so dedicated over the years.

PROS

The Eclipse team really does care about their product. It's really is amazing how it just seems to do a bit of everything. When I was first introduced to Eclipse, now 8+ years ago, it was a bit overwhelming. I was coming from a background using Vi/Vim, and being thrown into Eclipse is a bit like sky diving when you are used to a trampoline. That said, if you love features, and you love customizing your environment this is def the product you want to roll with. There are SO many integrations that it makes it feel like a no-brainer.

CONS

Some of the things that make Eclipse so great can also make it bit too 'loud' and/or cumbersome. I liken Eclipse to the 'kitchen sink' analogy -- it seems to come with everything, even the 'kitchen sink' (an old American idiom). Meaning, it has so much included with it that it makes other IDE's seem small in comparison. However, when you start with 'everything' thrown at you at once, it can be a bit confusing and less 'purpose built' for small tasks.

Reason for choosing Eclipse IDE

I use it primarily because my team uses it. We have workflows that we've built up over the years. That said, it's not the only IDE I use -- gotta select the right tool for the job.

Carlos Hugo Martin

Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

4

EASE OF USE

4

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

4

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed April 2022

Experience with Eclipse IDE

The IDE was used for the development of applications and extensions of monitoring tools. In addition to the implementation of devops flows.

PROS

It is very easy to customize and extend it based on plugins, in addition to the debugging functions that allow the development of applications to be simpler, being able to condition the execution to the productive environment for which the application is intended.

CONS

The IDE has a lot of plugins and many of them are not compatible, and you can only tell when you are using the IDE, causing it to become unstable.

Reason for choosing Eclipse IDE

The IDE is very customizable and its resource consumption is not high compared to other tools.

Reasons for switching to Eclipse IDE

The resource consumption of the other tool is very high for the activities for which they were used, and its integration with other tools is easier.