Installing the Team Foundation Server Plug-in for Eclipse

You’ll learn how to install Team Foundation Server plug-in for Eclipse in this topic.


First, make sure your computer meets all of the requirements in the following lists. Then, install a supported version of Eclipse from this website: home.

Hardware requirements

  • 1 GHz or faster processor

  • 1 GB RAM or more

  • 1 GB of available hard-disk space

    A portion of this disk space will be freed after installation if the original download package is removed from the hard disk.

Operating system requirements

  • Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (x86, x64)

  • Linux with GLIBC 2.3 to 2.11 (x86, x86_64, PowerPC)

  • Mac OS X 10.4 to 10.6 (PowerPC, Intel)

  • Solaris 8, 9, 10 (SPARC, x86, x86-64)

  • AIX 5.2 to 6.1 (POWER)

  • HP-UX 11i v1 to v3 (PA-RISC, Itanium)

Integrated development environment (IDE) requirements

  • Eclipse 3.5 to 3.7 on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, AIX, or HP-UX

  • Additional IDEs based on Eclipse 3.5 to 3.7 are supported, such as Rational Application Developer

Java runtime requirements

  • Java 1.5 to 7


We recommend that you run the latest Java runtime version available from your vendor on your development machine so that you can keep up to date with the latest security patches. But it’s not required.

Team Foundation Server requirements

  • Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013

  • Visual Studio Online

  • Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012

  • Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010

  • Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server

Install the Team Foundation Server Plug-in for Eclipse

After making sure your computer meets all the prerequisites, you're ready to install the plug-in.

To install the plug-in

  1. Open Eclipse.

  2. On the Help menu, choose Install New Software.

    The Install dialog box appears.

    Install Team Explorer Everywhere

    The install wizard looks slightly different for different versions of Eclipse.

  3. Choose Add.

    The Add Repository dialog box appears.

    Add site

  4. In Name, enter TFS Plugin for Eclipse.

  5. In Location, enter, and then choose OK.

  6. In the list of features in the Install dialog box, select the check box that corresponds to Team Explorer Everywhere, and then choose Next two times.

    Available Software


    Make sure to clear Contact all update sites during install to find required software if you just want to install Team Explorer Everywhere at this time.

  7. Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then choose Finish.

    Review licenses

  8. Restart Eclipse when prompted.

See Also


Team Foundation Server Plug-in for Eclipse - Beginner's Guide

Other Resources

Adopting Team Explorer Everywhere