How do I externalize my Eclipse plugins?
Author: Deron Eriksson
Description: This tutorial describes how to externalize Eclipse plug-ins.
Tutorial created using: Windows XP || JDK 1.5.0_09 || Eclipse Web Tools Platform 1.5.1
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Now, go to 'Add an Extension Location':
Select your 'C:\projects\extensions\eclipse' directory:
You should see a result similar to the following in the Product Configuration window:
You can now put features/plugins within the 'C:\projects\extensions\eclipse\features' and 'C:\projects\extensions\eclipse\plugins' directories, restart Eclipse, and then use those plugins. Also, if you install a new Eclipse to a new location, you can point it to the externalized location like we did above, and you will be able to utilize those plugins (if they're compatible with your new version of Eclipse).