What eclipse does during a plugin install is download the relevant jars from the update site and install them.Is there any way to bundle up these download jars into an archive so that the next time one can update locally without having to download all the plugins again?A good example for this is Eclox which provides both an update site ( and a zip archive of the update site for offline usage ( For example the Freescale Code Warrior MCU10.6 Eclipse updates are available only online from a Freescale online update site, but are usually not available as separate downloads.💡 The Code Warrior for MCU update URL is this one (replace the version number if you use a different or earlier version): The solution is to mirror an online update site to a local folder and then distribute that folder for offline usage.The simplest way to do this is using Eclipse Europa, although you may also choose to install each part manually.
In order to perform the build, we will use a maven plugin called Tycho and the M2Eclipse plugin with Tycho support.
In my post “Constructing a Classroom IDE with Eclipse for ARM” I outlined how to build a DIY Eclipse distribution.
That way I can build an archive/zip and distribute to my students: it saves them a lot of time, and they do not need to download things from the internet themselves, as I can give them the thing on a memory stick.
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