Eclipse Remote System Explorer User Guide

by Yogaraj Khanal on July 26th, 2011


This article demonstrates the use of Eclipse Remote System Explorer features to work remotely on Linux, UNIX and Windows machine using SSH, Telnet and FTP features.


This tutorial assumes that you have fair understanding of web applications development and deployment process and basic system administration process and UNIX skills. This tutorial is targeted for developers, QA analysts, System admin, researchers and any other stake holders that want to use different system for different purposes. It leverages the skills that you need to work on different systems without knowing details of networking, remote connections and system administration commands.


Eclipse is popular open source IDE used all around the world for development of the enterprise applications. It is used by many developers because of its fabulous performance and numerous features available that supports all kind of development purpose.

You can download the latest version of Eclipse from this site:

For this tutorial purpose I am using Eclipse Classic 3.7. I prefer this version because you can download it from anywhere all you need is internet connection. Also you just need to unzip and click on eclipse executable file with eclipse logo on it without having admin rights. This is how it looks like when you unzip it.

This tutorial demonstrates Eclipse Remote System Explorer features that help you work on UNIX, Linux and Windows machine by opening files in Eclipse IDE itself and use standards Windows command to perform major UNIX tasks. In most of the case you can so many tasks without using terminal commands and if you want to use them you have SSH, Telnet and FTP terminal available for you.

After you get open the eclipse clicking above highlighted icon you need in install the plug-in to make Remote System Explorer available to you. You don’t need any administrative privilege to perform this task. Then you go to the Help tab and select Install New Software from the dropdown options and you will see the screen below.

After that you click on next button agree with their agreement and install it then choose restart yes immediately after installing it. Then you can open the remote system explorer perspective in following way.

Windows->Open perspective->Remote System Explorer

After that all the options and features are intuitive and you can explore around.


This article demonstrates how you can use Eclipse Remote System Explorer features to connect to remote machine and work on it from IDE itself. Any suggestions or feedback is appreciated. Please free to send me your comments through this site or my personal email . I would like to hear your comments and suggestions regarding this article.


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Yogaraj Khanal
Date: July 26th, 2011


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Commented by Zed Ulisse
on May 23rd, 2013 at 03:35:23 EST
I like this tool, i use it... but how do you integrate it with Jquery JSDT plugin?

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Commented by Yogaraj Khanal
on May 23rd, 2013 at 06:51:05 EST

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Commented by Yogaraj Khanal
on May 23rd, 2013 at 06:53:09 EST