MCUXpresso IDE: Adding the Eclipse Marketplace Client

One great thing with Eclipse compared to proprietary IDEs are the thousands of available plugins. Yes, not every plugin is probably on the ‘must have’ list (I have listed some in a series starting with “5 Best Eclipse Plugins: #1 (Eclox with Doxygen, Graphviz and Mscgen)“).

The ‘traditional’ approach to install Eclipse plugins is using the menu Help > Install New Software. Using that approach, I have to use or enter an Eclipse update site. An easier way is to use the Eclipse Marketplace plugin which allows me to search and browse for plugins and simplifies installation of it. But as this one does not come installed by default with MCUXpresso. But it is my preferred way to browse and install plugins into Eclipse:

Eclipse Marketplace under Eclipse Neon and MCUXpresso IDE

Eclipse Marketplace under Eclipse Neon and MCUXpresso IDE

MCUXpresso IDE Series

This article is part of a series to get up to speed using the new NXP MCUXpresso IDE. Published so far are:

Outline

This article is part of a series of articles about the MCUXpresso IDE. The NXP MCUXpresso IDE v10.0 is Eclipse Neon (4.6) based, but does not come with the Marketplace plugin installed. In this article I’m showing how to install the Eclipse Marketplace into Eclipse Neon. The Eclipse Marketplace is a plugin inside Eclipse which I can use to search, browse and install extra Eclipse plugins.

Installation

To install the client, use the menu Help > Install new Software and use the following update site:

http://download.eclipse.org/releases/neon

πŸ’‘ If using a different Eclipse version (e.g. kepler or mars), make sure use the corresponding update site.

Filter for ‘market’ and you should see the Marketplace Client:

Installing Eclipse Marketplace Client into Eclipse Neon

Installing Eclipse Marketplace Client into Eclipse Neon

Select it and go through the installation process, with a restart of Eclipse at the end.

Using the Market Place

After installation, I have a new menu item:

Eclipse Marketplace Menu

Eclipse Marketplace Menu

Using it, I can browse and install the plugins which are listed on the marketplace. For example I can search for a plugin like added color themes:

Eclipse Marketplace under Eclipse Neon and MCUXpresso IDE

Eclipse Marketplace under Eclipse Neon and MCUXpresso IDE

For example I can select and install the above plugin (Darkest Dark Theme) which gives Eclipse a new look:

Darkest theme

Darkest theme

Summary

If an Eclipse distribution does not include the Eclipse Marketplace client, it is easy to install it. After installation, I have a convenient way to get access to all the plugins available on the market place. Another usage of the Eclipse Market Place plugin is to install additional software which helps to use legacy Kinetis Design Studio projects in MCUXpresso IDE, which is the subject of the next article.

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  7. Thanks for the great posts and setting up MCUXpresso. I am performing the above procedures and the IDE will NOT restart after the install. It hangs on “com.freescale.processorexpert.core”.

    I performed the “Installing PE into Eclipse” post and then created a workspace and imported LPCXpresso projects and a few KDS projects. The LPC projects built correctly and KDS projects would not. I started the “Importing KDS Projects” post that lead me to this post.

    Is there a proper order to the procedures when setting up a new machine with the IDE and tools?

    I am going to uninstall MCU and install again and try the Marketplace Client first to see if things work better.

    Thanks,

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    • Hi Mark,
      not sure if this helps, but I have seen an issue (but not reproducible) if open a workspace with Processor Expert views open/visible by default.
      What I have is a ‘clean’ (not modified) other installation of MCUXpresso IDE. In that case I open that workspace in question with the clean IDE, close the Processor Expert views, and then open the workspace with the PEx version of the IDE. So you could simply install the clean IDE into a new/different folder and try this?
      Let me know, and I hope this helps,
      Erich

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      • In effect it did. I had a new workspace created by MCUXpresso that I had imported a few projects. I then realized that some additional steps were not performed and that was when I was installing additional software.

        I did an uninstall and install, and with using the default workspace (with no projects) the remaining steps worked.

        thanks.

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