Methods for viewing eclipse version numbers and selection criteria for different versions


Eclipse is an open source and Java based extensible development platform. In itself, it is just a framework and a set of services for building a development environment through plug-in components. Fortunately, eclipse comes with a standard set of plug-ins, including the java development kit (JDK).

 How to view the eclipse version number

1. Find the eclipse installation directory

2. Enter the readme folder and open readme_ eclipse.html

3. readme_ The second line of eclipse.html is the digital version number, such as:

Eclipse Project Release Notes
Release 4.2.0
Last revised June 8th, 2012

Attachment: introduction to each version of eclipse(


Since 2006, the eclipse foundation has arranged every yearSynchronous Publishing(simultaneous release)。 The synchronous release is mainly carried out in June, and Sr1 and Sr2 versions will be released in September and February.



Code Platform version project Major release date Sr1 issue date Sr2 issue date
3.0 [1] June 21, 2004
3.1 June 28, 2005
Callisto 3.2 Callisto projects June 30, 2006
Europa 3.3 Europa projects June 29, 2007 September 28, 2007 February 29, 2008
Ganymede 3.4 Ganymede projects June 25, 2008 September 24, 2008 February 25, 2009
Galileo 3.5 Galileo projects June 24, 2009 September 25, 2009 February 26, 2010
Helios 3.6 Helios projects June 23, 2010 September 24, 2010 February 25, 2011
Indigo 3.7 Indigo projects June 22, 2011 September 23, 2011 February 24, 2012
Juno 4.2 [2] Juno projects June 27, 2012 September 28, 2012 February 22, 2013
Kepler 4.3 Kepler projects June 26, 2013 September 28, 2013 February 28, 2014
Luna 4.4 Luna projects June 25, 2014 September 23, 2014 February 25, 2015
Mars 4.5 Mars projects June 24, 2015 September 22, 2015 February 24, 2016
Neon 4.6 Neon projects June 22, 2016    
Oxygen 4.7 Oxygen projects June 28, 2017    
Photon 4.8 Photon projects June 2018  

Eclipse version selection criteria

Open eclipse download address(, you can see that there are many versions of eclipse available for download. Beginners are often confused and don’t know which version to download.

The first five versions are often used:
Eclipse IDE for Java EE developers: a version developed for J2EE;
Eclipse classic: it is a classic version of eclipse. No plug-ins are installed. It is a pure version. You can install any plug-ins you need. It is recommended for java beginners to use this version;
Eclipse IDE for Java developers: applicable to Java development;
Eclipse IDE for C / C + + developers: applicable to C / C + + development;
Eclipse for mobile developers: for Java mobile phone development
Eclipse for RCP / plug in developers: for RCP and plug-in development

So what’s the difference between them? The biggest difference is the size of the title and decompression package. After downloading and decompressing, you will find that the files in the plugins / features directory are different between different versions of eclipse.

For a standard eclipse, add some plugins needed for Jee development, such as WTP, WST, etc. it has changed into “eclipse IDE for Java EE”. The same is true for others. As a skilled eclipse user, you can choose whichever one, and the required plugins can be easily obtained from the Eclipse Official Website.