How do I enable Python support in Eclipse Galileo (v3.5)?

To support editing of Python script in Eclipse Galileo (v3.5), please follow the steps enlisted below.

  • It is assumed that Eclipse Galileo (v3.5) is pre-installed.
  • If not, please visit http://www.eclipse.org/, download Eclipse Galileo based on the host operating system installed on your system and install it.
  • Open Eclipse, select ‘Help’ menu on the menu bar followed by ‘Install New Software’ sub-option.
  • Key-in the URL – ‘http://pydev.sourceforge.net/updates/’ in the text box is placed towards the right side of the label ‘Work with:’ as shown in the image below.

  • Check the checkbox against the name, ‘PyDev for Eclipse’ and click Next.
  • That will install Python support in Eclipse.
  • It may ask you to restart Eclipse, in such a scenario, please follow the instructions displayed on the screen.
  • After restarting Eclipse, open any file with ‘.py’ extension and the file should be color coded in Eclipse editor. If not, try changing the perspective to ‘Python’ or ‘PyDev’ perspective depending on which ever available. That should solve the issue.

Resources:

Eclipse download site: http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/

John Paulett Blog: http://johnpaulett.com/2009/06/26/install-eclipse-galileo-3-5-on-ubuntu-jaunty-9-04/

Python Development Environemnt: http://pydev.sourceforge.net/

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