Eclipse IDE Working Group Forms

June 18, 2021

The Eclipse IDE Working Group aims to ensure the continued evolution, adoption, and sustainability of the Eclipse IDE suite of products, related technologies, and ecosystem. In particular, the new working group will provide governance, guidance, and funding for the communities that support the delivery and maintenance of the Eclipse IDE products. With millions of users, tens of millions of downloads, and billions of dollars in shared investment, the Eclipse IDE is one of the world’s most popular desktop development environments. Founded by multiple participants, including Bosch, EclipseSource, IBM, Kichwa Coders, Renesas, SAP, VMware, and Yatta Solutions, this governance structure will enable broad collaboration to ensure the Eclipse IDE meets the latest market requirements.

“For 20 years, the Eclipse IDE has provided developers around the world with a powerful open source tooling platform used to create world-class applications and products,” said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. “This new working group will ensure the Eclipse IDE platform is set to fulfill the needs of the millions of developers who use the Eclipse IDE today and in the future.”

The goals of the Eclipse IDE Working Group are to ensure the continued success, vibrancy, quality and sustainability of the Eclipse Platform, desktop IDE and underlying technologies, including related planning and delivery processes as well as related delivery technology. If the Eclipse IDE is important to your organization’s development efforts, this new working group represents an opportunity to help shape the future of this critical platform. For more information, visit

In addition to the launch of the Eclipse IDE Working Group, the Eclipse Foundation is also announcing the 2021-06 release of the Eclipse IDE. The second quarterly simultaneous release of the year, Eclipse IDE 2021-06 is the result of a robust community effort, with more than 70 participating projects, 110 committers, 174 contributors, and almost 80 million lines of code.

Some of the new features for this release include:

The latest Java support: The Eclipse IDE Supports Java 16 and provides the necessary tooling for development
Improved Java development tooling: Many new cleanups added, improved debug hover, and evaluation over chain of variables

Support for Mac AArch64: The Eclipse IDE supports Mac AArch64 (Arm64) for Apple M1 based systems

Improved embedded terminal: Supports opening files and links with Ctrl+Click, remembers working directory, shell, and other settings

The 2021-06 release of the Eclipse IDE is available today and can be downloaded via

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