Creating your own custom Eclipse package

Creating your own custom Eclipse package

At EclipseSource, we’ve been helping to creating the Eclipse Packages for over 5 years now. During that time we’ve learned a lot about building tools for developers. One thing we’ve learned is that every development team is different, and a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. You want your Eclipse, your way!


Of course, with the install and update manager (p2), you can choose from hundreds of plug-ins to create the perfect tool for you, but what if you want to share that tool with others? Spending time downloading, hunting for dependencies and configuring a custom Eclipse install is time wasted. So why not let us help you with that?

With Yoxos, you can choose from over 2,000 Eclipse plug-ins to create a custom Eclipse install. You can use the Yoxos Launcher to start it, connect to it as a p2 repository, or download it as a complete stand-alone installation. You can also share the tool with others simply by sending them the URL. All the plug-ins have been validated to ensure their dependencies are available, and best of all, it’s free.

To get started, navigate to and click on Get Yoxos Now. You can start with one of several Eclipse releases, including Juno (2012), Indigo (2011) or Helios (2010). Use the Add Eclipse Plug-ins to your Download to create your personalized Eclipse package.

Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 3.51.23 PMOnce the profile has been created, you can use the plug-in bar to add even more plug-ins. We currently have over 2,000 different Eclipse plug-ins to choose from. Once you’ve finished crafting your custom configuration, choose your system architecture and download the complete, ready to runCustom EPP Package.

Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 3.54.55 PMCurrently you need to be logged in to access the download option. Each installation also has a corresponding update site associated with it. That means that if your profile changes, you can simply check for updates from within Eclipse to get those changes.  

Alternatively, you can use the Yoxos Launcher to start the profile. The Yoxos Launcher will save you time and space by sharing your plug-in library between all your Eclipse installs.

If you have any questions about Yoxos, please feel free to leave a comment here, or ping me on twitter (@irbull).


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