How to install plugin for Eclipse from .zip

1.makesure your .zip file is an valid Eclipse Plugin


  1. that means: your .zip file contains folders features and plugins, like this:enter image description here
  2. for new version Eclipse Plugin, it may also include another two files content.jar, artifacts.jar, example:enter image description here

but this is not important for the plugin,

the most important is the folders features and plugins

which contains the necessary xxx.jar,

for example:
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2.for valid Eclipse Plugin .zip file, you have two methods to install it

(1) auto install

Help -> Install New Software -> Add -> Archive

then choose your .zip file


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(2) manual install

  1. uncompress .zip file -> got folders features and plugins
  2. copy them into the root folder of Eclipse, which already contains features and plugins
  3. restart Eclipse, then you can see your installed plugin’s settings in Window -> Preferences
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for more detailed explanation, can refer my post (written in Chinese):

Summary methods of install Eclipse Plugin from .zip

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