The Eclipse IDE is a great tool for development. It will also work from a USB stick, as long as you have Java, however, some computers may not or may be set up wrong (For example, no PATH Variable). Therefore, it can be useful to install Java directly onto the memory stick so that you can take it with you. Before starting this tutorial, you will need to have already installed Java on a computer, if you haven’t you will need access to a computer with Java installed on it. You should also be aware that it may be breaking IT Policy for some organisations to use portable software.
To begin, ensure that you have installed Java on your home computer (You should have installed the Java Development Kit on your computer to use Eclipse fully).. Now you can follow the steps below :
- Download a copy of the Eclipse IDE if you haven’t done so yet, and unzip the files to location of your choosing, it should however be on a removable device (Such as a USB Device).
- Now we can install Java onto the USB Drive, to beign, find where Java is installed on your computer. This is usually something like “C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_51″ however, the final folder “jdk1.7.0_51″ will change with time as this is the version number. In this folder is the files for Java Development and the Runtime Environment. Select all of the files and copy them.
- Go to the USB drive and folder where you have installed Eclipse, noe create the folder “jre” and paste all of the files and folders from the Computers Java install into here.
That’s all there is to it! Your Eclipse should now open and allow you to run it from any computer.