Downloading Eclipse

Installing Eclipse

Eclipse is a text editing software for Java developers. While any text editing software will allow you to edit the Code + Chords source code, we use eclipse, and recommend that you use it too! Instructions for how to download and link eclipse with the Code + Chords library are below.


  • Download Eclipse.
  • For beginners, choose the 3rd entry “Eclipse IDE for Java Developers” (32-bit or 64-bit) and download it.
  • To install Eclipse, simply unzip the downloaded file into a directory of your choice (e.g., “d:\myproject”).


  1. Download Eclipse
  2. Click “Download Packages”. Choose “Mac OS X (Cocoa)”.
  3. For beginners, select the 2nd entry “Eclipse IDE for Java Developers
  4. You will receive a TAR file in your downloads folder.
  5. Double-click the downloaded TAR file to expand it into an folder called “eclipse”.
  6. Drag the expanded “eclipse” folder to the “Applications” folder.
  7. To start Eclipse, open the “eclipse” folder and click on the “Eclipse” icon. You may drag the “Eclipse” icon to the dock.

Linking Eclipse with Code+Chords

  1. When prompted to choose your workspace select: Documents -> CodeAndChords -> Visuals -> Eclipse -> Workspace
  2. Close “Welcome” window
  3. Open “File” “Open Projects from File System”
  4. Select “Directory”
  5. Go into workspace (like step 1) and then select “CodeAndChordsEclipseProject”
  6. Click “Ok” and then “Finish”