If you have read my article “Serial Terminal View with Eclipse Kepler“, then you are aware that using a Terminal view to a serial connection (COM port) under Eclipse Kepler is pretty much broken. I’m moving some of my projects to the more recent Eclipse Luna release, and the good news is that support is back 🙂
Use the menu Help > Install New Software and use
as update site. Under ‘Mobile and Device Development’, select ‘TCF Terminal (Console) View‘:
Then go through the installation process, an Eclipse restart is needed at the end as asked.
This installs a new Terminals view under ‘Target Explorer Views‘:
This opens the Terminals view. There is an icon to open a new Terminal connection:
Select ‘Serial Terminal‘ from the dialog:
💡 If you use ‘Local Terminal’, then it creates another cool thing: a local consola, aka DOS shell on Windows 🙂
You might now face the issue that no COM port is listed (at least for me on Windows):
The issue is that the RXTX plugins need to be installed too. You need to do another Help > Install New Software from this site:
Install the latest plugin:
Go trough the installation process, restart Eclipse as asked.
With this, I have the COM ports listed:
❗ I still have sometimes slow refresh/dialog issues to list the COM ports, probably because I have many of them listed?
With this, I have now a console/terminal view in Eclipse Luna which I can use to talk to my boards using a serial/COM interface:
💡 Use the ‘Toggle Command Input Field’ to have a command line input field.
I’m using mostly an external terminal program like Termite. But it is a very useful thing to have a terminal view in Eclipse so I do not need to switch to another application. All what is needed is the installation of a plugin plus the RXTX (at least on Windows). And best of all: it comes with telnet, SSH and local shell too :-).
Happy Terminaling 🙂