Steps to Install the Force.com IDE Plug-In in Eclipse

Steps to Install the Force.com IDE Plug-In in Eclipse

Force.com IDE can be installed into your existing Eclipse distribution. Following are the prerequisite to install Force.com IDE on your workstation :

  1. A supported operating system – Following are the operating system supported by Force.com IDE.
    • Windows 7, 8, or 10
    • macOS 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, or 10.11
    • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or 14.04 LTS
  2. Java Development Kit and Java Runtime Environment – Down below is the link to download JDK and JVM.
    http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html 
  3. Eclipse IDE – The Eclipse IDE for Java Developers distribution is recommended. Down below is the link to download Eclipse IDE.
    Download Eclipse version which supports your operating system configuration.
    https://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/release/Neon/3

Below are the steps to install Force.com IDE plugin :

  1. Launch Eclipse and select Help and click Install New Software.
    Launch Eclipse and select Help
  2. On click of Install New Software, a popup will open.
    On click of Install New Software
  3. Click Add, a popup will open again.
    Click Add a popup
    Here In the Dialog, set the name to force.com IDE and the location to https://developer.salesforce.com/media/force-ide/eclipse45
    To Install Force.com IDE earlier than version 36, set location as https://developer.salesforce.com/media/force-ide/eclipse42.
  4. Click Ok.
  5. Eclipse downloads the list of available plug-ins and displays them in the Available Software dialog. If you don’t have Java 8, you are supposed to download an older version of the plug-in. In order to do that deselect checkbox Show only the latest versions of available software.pasted image 0 
  6. Select Force.com IDE
  7. If you want to install the Apex Debugger or tools for working with Lightning components, select Force.com Debugger or Force.com Lightning Support.
  8. Click Next
  9. In the Review Licenses dialog, accept the terms and click Finish.
    In the Review Licenses dialog
  10. If you chose to install support for Lightning components, Eclipse displays a warning dialog about installing software that contains unsigned content. We are bundling third-party plug-ins to support Lightning components. Salesforce doesn’t own these third-party plug-ins; hence, we don’t sign them. Click OK to proceed.
    If you chose to install support for Lightning components
  11. Eclipse downloads and installs the Force.com IDE and the required dependencies. When the installation is complete, you are prompted to restart. Click Yes.pasted image 0 (1) 
  12. When Eclipse restarts, select Window | Open Perspective | Other.
    When Eclipse restarts
  13. Select Force.com and then click OK.
    Select Force.com and then click OK

You are now ready to develop and customize Salesforce applications in Eclipse!

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