Eclipse: Install HTML editor plugin

This is a lightweight editor plug-in with syntax highlighting and folding.

My Eclipse didn't have it, probably because I downloaded the classic release without all the extra Java trinkets.

Firstly, find out which release you're on. It usually displays a name under the word "Eclipse" on the splash screen when loading.

Then go to:

  • Open the "Help" menu
  • Click "Install new software"
  • Select "<your release name> -<release name>" from the dropdown
  • The URL could be or, depending on what you've got installed.
  • Wait for it to load...
  • Go to the bottom of the list and expand "Web, XML, and Java EE Development"
  • Select ONLY "Web Page Editor"
  • Click "Next"
  • Next again.
  • Accept agreements and finish
  • It may ask for you to accept the certificates when it's finished downloading. Tick the checkbox next to the item in the list and then click Next to install.
  • When it's done, it'll ask you to restart Eclipse. Do it.

Once your back in Eclipse, try editing a HTML file.

If it's not highlighted, you'll have to:

  • Open the Window menu
  • Click "Preferences"
  • General > Editors > File Associations
  • Select *.html
  • Select "HTML Editor" (not web page editor)
  • Click "Default"
  • Click "OK" to save

You should now have a great HTML editor!


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