Running JBoss Tools in Eclipse 3.6, Helios

With the release of a new version of Eclipse, its natural to download it and start using it straight away. One of the main problems doing this however, is that plugins aren’t always guaranteed to work with the new version of Eclipse. This is the case with JBoss Tools.

Fortunately however, you can install the JBoss Tools nightly builds as these are now compatible with Eclipse Helios. The easiest way to install JBoss Tools Nightly on Helios is via the update center at:

When I first attempted to install JBoss Tools on Helios though I got the following error:

An error occurred while installing the items

session context was:(profile=epp.package.jee, phase=org.eclipse.equinox.internal.p2.engine.phases.Install, operand=null –> [R]org.mozilla.xpcom, action=org.eclipse.equinox.internal.p2.touchpoint.eclipse.actions.InstallBundleAction).

The artifact file for osgi.bundle,org.mozilla.xpcom, was not found.

Eclipse was complaining that xulrunner could not be found. Unfortunately this is not available for the 64-bit version of Eclipse on Windows, so the simple solution is to download the 32-bit version of Helios and use that instead. When I did this, JBoss Tools installed correctly with no problems.

According to Max Andersen, the JBoss Tools team are going to make installing xulrunner optional (at the expense of the visual page editor), in which case it would be possible to install on a 64-bit JVM.