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How do I download Plugins outside of the Eclipse IDE? [message #1796023] Thu, 04 October 2018 09:00 Go to next message
p c is currently offline p cFriend
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In my org I use Eclipse but access to Marketplace is locked down as a risk behind the firewall. In the past a selection of common plugins were downloaded by an admin, scanned, sign off and stored in a shared area as zip files for us to pick up as needed to avoid unmonitored downloading of content within the network. I would like to upgrade to a later version of Eclipse. Is there anyway plugins can be downloaded from Marketplace outside the Eclipse IDE, as a zip or file bundle without having to use the Eclipse Marketplace link in the IDE?
I need to be able to download a standalone plugin package and be able to manually install it in my eclipse ide as an archive through the install new software wizard. Is this possible?
Re: How do I download Plugins outside of the Eclipse IDE? [message #1796092 is a reply to message #1796023] Fri, 05 October 2018 03:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Nitin Dahyabhai is currently offline Nitin DahyabhaiFriend
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That's going to vary solution by solution, unfortunately. Some won't provide a downloadable update site. You can try following the support link for the particular solution.

Nitin Dahyabhai
Eclipse Web Tools Platform
Re: How do I download Plugins outside of the Eclipse IDE? [message #1796097 is a reply to message #1796092] Fri, 05 October 2018 06:12 Go to previous message
Ed Merks is currently offline Ed MerksFriend
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A very general approach that works even if no update site zip is provided is to mirror the repository.

E.g., I have this utility bash script for that purpose:


if [[ $# != 2 ]]; then
  echo "mirror-eclipse <source-URL> <targetURL>"
 $eclipse -nosplash -verbose \
   -application org.eclipse.equinox.p2.artifact.repository.mirrorApplication \
   -source $1 \
   -destination $2
 $eclipse -nosplash -verbose \
   -application org.eclipse.equinox.p2.metadata.repository.mirrorApplication \
   -source $1 \
   -destination $2


Every Eclipse installation includes the mirror application, so in this script I have hard coded one installation to use, and I can pass that script a URL of the p2 update site to mirror (both the artifacts and the metadata) and a URL (file:/...) pointing at a local disk folder where I want the results to end up. This result you can either use directly with the same file:/ URL pointing at your local file system, or you could zip it and point at the zip.
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