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Getting Started with Eclipse Neon

Author Nikolay Krasko
Last Updated 10 November 2016
This tutorials walks us through creating a simple Hello World application using Eclipse Neon

Setting up the environment

We're assuming Eclipse is installed. If not, it can be download from the download page. The "Eclipse IDE for Java Developers" bundle is recommended. For correct functioning, Eclipse Neon (4.6) or later is required.

We recommend installing Kotlin plugin from Eclipse Marketplace. One option is to drag-and-drop this button into a running Eclipse window:

Drag to your running Eclipse workspace.

Alternatively, use the Help -> Eclipse Marketplaceā€¦ menu and search for Kotlin plugin:

Eclipse Marketplace

A more old-fashioned way is using an update site directly:


Once Eclipse has been restarted, we can check to make sure the Kotlin plugin is installed correctly, by opening the Kotlin perspective in main menu Window -> Open Perspective -> Other...

Kotlin Perspective

Creating a new project

Now we are ready to create a new Kotlin project.

Select File -> New -> Kotlin Project to proceed.

New Kotlin Project

An empty project will be created which is ready for writing Kotlin code that targets the JVM (JavaScript is not supported yet). The project created, from the Eclipse point of view, is also a Java project but configured with Kotlin nature, meaning it has the Kotlin Builder and reference to the Kotlin Runtime Library. Great thing about this solution is that we can continue adding Java classes to the project, mixing and matching Kotlin and Java code if required.

A fresh Kotlin project Package Explorer should look something similar to the following:

Empty Kotlin Project

We can now create a new Kotlin file under the source folder.

New File From Context Menu

IF omitting the ".kt" extension in file name, Eclipse will add it automatically

New Kotlin File Wizard

Once we have the file created, we need to type the main routine, which is the entry point to a Kotlin application. We can simply type main, invoke completion and hit 'Enter'

Main Template

Finally we add a simple line of Kotlin code to print the message:

Hello World Example

Running the application

The easiest way to run the application is to do a right-click somewhere in the main file and select Run As -> Kotlin Application

Run Kotlin Application

If everything has gone well, the console window output should automatically open, showing the results.

Program Output View

We now have our first Kotlin application running in Eclipse.