Eclipse 3.6 (Helios) & GlassFish


Eclipse 3.6 is now available as a final release. This is the yearly major release for the IDE and its main projects such as WTP (the one most relevant for server-side developers). Ludo has all the details if you want to use this release with GlassFish : v3 and 3.0.1 of course but also earlier v2.x versions.

While for earlier versions of Eclipse developers had the choice of using the GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse (an all-in-one bundle) or simply adding the GlassFish plugin using a pre-wired software site, it's a tiny bit more complicated for the time being with this 3.6/Helios release. You'll need to add as a new software site (preferences>install/update>Available Software Site) and install the plugin (Help>Install New Plugin) while making sure that "Group Items by Category" is unchecked.

Real soon now this feature should be on the Eclipse marketplace (check this out) and in the longer term, the GlassFish plugin is being moved to the Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse (OEPE). Finally, note that no matter how you get the plugin, it'll come with full Java EE (5 & 6) javadocs. Feedback and bug reports should go to

PS: it's fun to see Sun Microsystems still listed in the IDE's splash screen.


It doesn't work. I tried a fresh installation of the full Eclipse 3.6 Helios JEE+BIRT for 32-bit Windows (Windows Vista). I had deleted my workspace and also the .eclipse directory.

I tried installing the adapter through the Eclipse Marketspace (it showed up). It did show as installed, but then I couldn't find it as an available server runtime to add. I tried doing another fresh install of Eclipse 3.6, and this time I installed it through the Install Software... prompt. Again, it shows as installed, but the GlassFish server runtime isn't showing up.

Posted by NeantHumain on June 26, 2010 at 01:56 PM PDT #

Please consider asking the question on the GlassFish forum -

Posted by Alexis MP on June 29, 2010 at 01:39 AM PDT #

Installing the adapter when running Eclipse as root did the trick for me.

Posted by Pieter Agten on July 03, 2010 at 10:12 PM PDT #

To be clear, the plugin does not include a GlassFish 3 runtime...
You need also to download a GlassFish runtime, install it, and then register it in Eclipse via this installed GlassFish plugin by using the "New server..." popup menu on a server node.

Posted by guest on July 04, 2010 at 03:26 AM PDT #

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