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AWS Toolkit for Eclipse

The AWS Toolkit for Eclipse is an open source plug-in for the Eclipse Java IDE that makes it easier for developers to develop, debug, and deploy Java applications using Amazon Web Services. With the AWS Toolkit for Eclipse, you’ll be able to get started faster and be more productive when building AWS applications.


The Eclipse plugins included in the AWS Toolkit for Eclipse.



To contribute to the AWS Toolkit for Eclipse, you need to have at least these requirements met.

  1. Java 8
  2. git, maven 3.3+
  3. Eclipse IDE 4.8 (Photon) or newer
  4. EGit 3.4.2+, M2Eclipse 1.5.1+ (Note: these two plugins are part of the standard Eclipse)
  5. WebTools

Build and Test with Maven

  1. Checkout the source code: git clone
  2. Step into the target folder: cd aws-toolkit-eclipse
  3. Install the third-party dependencies and build the target platform: sh
  4. Build and test with Maven using Photon platform: mvn -Pbuild-eclipse clean verify
  5. Build and test with Maven using 2018.9 platform: mvn -Pbuild-eclipse clean verify
  6. Build and test with Maven using 2019.6 platform: mvn -Pbuild-eclipse clean verify
  7. Build and test with Maven using 2019.9 platform: mvn -Pbuild-eclipse clean verify
  8. Build and test with Maven using 2020.3 platform: mvn -Pbuild-eclipse clean verify
  9. Build and test with Maven using 2020.9 platform: mvn -Pbuild-eclipse clean verify

note, 2019-3 and 2019-12 do not build because we reach into Eclipse internals, but it will work on those versions

Import into Eclipse and Set up Development Environment

You must have EGit installed to your Eclipse IDE.

  1. Open Eclipse, and choose File, Import, Git, Projects from Git, then choose Next.
  2. Open EGit Import Wizard, then choose Clone URI, Next.
  3. Type in the URI field, and enter your Github user name and password. Then, choose Next.
  4. Select master branch, and specify the destination directory in the next two pages, and choose Next.
  5. Select Import existing Eclipse projects, and then choose Next.
  6. Select Search for nested projects, you would see all the plugin projects and feature projects etc. Select the projects you are interested in or all the projects, and then choose Finish.

Now you have imported all the plugin projects into Eclipse, but you need to set up the target platform since the plugins have dependencies which are not the standard OSGi bundles.

  1. Open the terminal and step into the root folder of the repository.
  2. Run the script if you haven't created the target platform: sh
  3. Back to Eclipse, open Preferences page, choose Plug-in Development -> Target Platform
  4. In the Target Platform page, choose Add -> Next -> Add -> Software Site -> Add -> Local to select the target repository you just built. This repository is located at aws-toolkit-eclipse/releng/com.amazonaws.eclipse.devide/target/repository.
  5. Type a name for this repository, say aws devide, and choose Finish. Select Uncategorized and choose Finish
  6. Type a name for this target platform, say AWS Target Platform, and choose OK. Use this new target platform, and you would be able to run the AWS plugins under this target platform.
  7. It will rebuild the workspace with the target platform. If you see plugin execution not covered by lifecycle configuration, right click on the problem and select Quick Fix -> Discover new m2e connectors

Notice: If you imported the com.amazonaws.eclipse.javasdk project into your Eclipse workspace when you are checking in the repo, you may need to close that project as it overrides the Java SDK bundle in the target platform. If the platform is set up correctly, you will see no errors in Markers

Build and test the IDE

  1. Right click on the aws-toolkit-for-eclipse node run as -> run configurations
  2. Add an eclipse application configuration
  3. In Run a product select org.eclipse.platform.ide
  4. In the plug ins tab make sure to select All workspace enabled plugins and features
  5. Press run, it should build and run

Getting Help

  • You can submit issues for bug reports and feature requests by using Github issues.
  • You can also send us email at [email protected] to send feedback or report issues.

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