Installing Eclipse C++ on Windows

The steps below are for installing C++ on eclipse and window.

I am using Eclipse 4.5 and Windows 10, but it doesn’t really mater, it should work for any version.

  • First things first, close everything, whatever version of Eclipse you have open.
    To make your life easier, close things you do not need as well, like notepads and so on.

MinGW

  • Go to mingw and download it, (MinGW stands for Minimalist GNU for Windows).
    The version I got was version 0.6.2
    Go to the website, (link above), and click on the “Download Installer” button, (it is not obvious at first where the button is).
  • Run the install as an Administrator.
    Pay attention to the install folder, (For me the default was C:\MinGW).
  • Wait for the install to complete …
  • When this is all done, add the ‘bin’ folder to your PATH environment variable, (Google how to do it), in my case I added “C:\MinGW\bin” to the PATH.
  • Open a command line window and type ‘mingw-get install gcc g++ gdb mingw32-make‘.
  • Wait for the install to complete …
  • Check that everything will work type “gcc –version“, if you get an error, something went wrong.
    Otherwise you should see the gcc version number.

Eclipse

  • Open your version of Eclipse
  • Go to Help > Eclipse Marketplace …
  • Type C++ and select the CDT option
  • or add “http://download.eclipse.org/tools/cdt/builds/mars/milestones” as a software site and select CDT main features.
  • Download and Update everything.

Others

  • Make sure that the right tool chain is selected
    • Project > Properties …
    • C/C++ Build
    • Tool Chain Editor and select “MinGW GCC”