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:
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:
- MCUXpresso IDE: Unified Eclipse IDE for NXPs ARM Cortex-M Microcontrollers
- MCUXpresso IDE: S-Record, Intel Hex and Binary Files
- MCUXpresso IDE: Adding the Eclipse Marketplace Client
- MCUXpresso IDE: Importing Kinetis Design Studio Projects
- MCUXpresso IDE: Installing Processor Expert into Eclipse Neon
- MCUXpresso IDE: Terminate and Disconnect a Debug Session
- MCUXpresso IDE: Blinky the NXP LPC800-DIP Board
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.
💡 The MCUXpresso IDE later than 10.0 includes now the Eclipse Marketplace client, so installing it manually is not necessary.
To install the client, use the menu Help > Install new Software and use the following update site:
💡 If using a different Eclipse version (e.g. kepler or mars), make sure use the corresponding update site, see https://wiki.eclipse.org/Eclipse_Project_Update_Sites
If the above update site does not work, try the following:
For Eclipse Neon (MCUXpresso IDE 10.0):
MCUXpresso IDE 10.2 (Eclipse Oxygen based) already contains the Eclipse Marketplace plugin, but in any case, the update site is:
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:
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:
For example I can select and install the above plugin (Darkest Dark Theme) which gives Eclipse a new look:
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.
- MCUXpresso IDE web page: http://www.nxp.com/mcuxpresso/ide
- MCUXpresso IDE community: http://www.nxp.com/mcuxpresso/ide/forum
- MCUXpresso Config tools and SDK: https://mcuxpresso.nxp.com/