Installing QL for Eclipse standalone


There are no prerequisites for the standalone version of QL for Eclipse. A licensed standalone installer is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS operating systems. This provides an easy way to install Eclipse with the QL for Eclipse plugin, which you can use to analyze snapshots of open source and closed source projects.

For information about installing QL for Eclipse into an existing installation of Eclipse see either Installing the free-to-use QL for Eclipse plugin or Installing the licensed QL for Eclipse plugin.

Installing QL for Eclipse standalone

To install QL for Eclipse standalone
  1. Download the QL for Eclipse standalone zip archive, either from your organization's system administrator, or from Semmle's customer wiki (customer login required).
  2. Extract the zip archive into a local directory.

    On Linux and macOS, it's best to use the command-line unzip utility. If you use a GUI-based archive utility, such as the default unzipper in Finder and Safari on macOS, run the following commands after unzipping to ensure that Eclipse can be launched:
    • On Linux, run chmod +x ql-for-eclipse/eclipse

    • On macOS, run chmod +x ql-for-eclipse/
      followed by find ql-for-eclipse/ -exec chmod +x {} +

Starting QL for Eclipse

To start Eclipse
  1. Open the Eclipse application, stored in a ql-for-eclipse directory in the directory where you extracted the zip archive:
    • On Windows, run eclipse.exe
    • On Linux, run eclipse
    • On macOS, run
  2. This opens a blank Eclipse workspace:

For more information about the workspace and about using Eclipse in general, see Eclipse tips for new users.

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