What is the best way to upgrade from Eclipse 3.3 to 3.4 (or future releases)

What is the best way to upgrade from Eclipse 3.3 to 3.4 (or future releases)

In the past I have had problems upgrading from release to release of Eclipse. I was wondering how the Eclipse users on StackOverflow dealt with upgrading from release to release of Eclipse.

  • Is using a Distro the solution?
  • Staying on a past release point until you are forced forward, a good idea?

Lately I have just reloaded from scratch; renaming my root Eclipse dir and downloaded the latest release, plus an update cycle. I have only lost my workspaces (no code was lost) once using this method.

Thanks in advance

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Starting with Eclipse 3.5, it should be possible to update in-place to new major versions...but only if the update will leave you with a clean/working install.. The key thing you will need for this to work is to add the update site for the new eclipse release.

The most comprehensive list of updates I've seen is at http://ekkescorner.wordpress.com/eclipse/update-sites/.


Read this eclipse FAQ question..


I always use the built-in update system.

Go to Help -> Software Updates.


I use Yoxos on-demand.

I've found it a lot easier to upgrade this way.

It allows you to pick up the plug-ins you need and then it resolves the dependencies automatically.

That way I can quickly build a new Eclipse version that contains all the features that the old one had with less hassle..

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