Installing Webclipse Off-line

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    Although many Webclipse functions only make sense when connected to the internet (e.g. for downloading dependencies when creating new Angular projects), some users have asked about off-line installation.

    We don’t have an archived update site or an installer for the Webclipse suite of tools but eclipse does offer a way to mirror update sites and this can be utilized to create an archived update site yourself. The instructions are given in this article but following is a summary, specific to Webclipse.

    Check the update site for Webclipse by going to the Webclipse page in the eclipse MarketPlace and clicking the dowload icon, which will show the update site URL for supported eclipse releases. In the following commands, I’ll use the URL for eclipse Oxygen.

    Now enter the following two commands, in succession, in a terminal or command prompt:

    <eclipseFolder>/eclipse -nosplash -verbose -application org.eclipse.equinox.p2.metadata.repository.mirrorApplication -raw -source -destination <mirrorFolder>

    <eclipseFolder>/eclipse -nosplash -verbose -application org.eclipse.equinox.p2.artifact.repository.mirrorApplication -raw -source -destination <mirrorFolder>

    Where <eclipseFolder>/ is the path to the folder containing the eclipse executable and <mirrorFolder> is the full path to the folder which is to contain the mirror.

    You will see some information messages in the terminal window, many more for the second command but there should be no errors if you’ve entered the commands and paths correctly (note that Windows will have a different path separator character from Linux and Mac systems; the example above shows the Linux style for the eclipse folder path). At this point, you’ll have a local update site. You can compress this (or not) and copy it to another machine for off-line installation of Webclipse.

    Let us know, on the regular forums, if you have any problems with this method.

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