How to uninstall plugins in Eclipse 3.4.X or higher

By : Dónal

The GUI for managing plugins in Eclipse got a bit of an overhaul in version 3.4.0. This GUI is accessed via the "Software Updates..." option in the Help menu. This displays the following dialog:

alt text Notice that the option to remove the selected plugin (Mylyn) is greyed out. In fact, this is true of virtually every installed plugin. I know that the Mylyn plugins are optional, so why amn't I provided with an option to remove them?

Thanks, Don

By : Dónal


In eclipse Helios (version 3.6), to uninstall a plugin:

  1. Go to Help->Install New Software...
  2. Click on "What is already installed?" link at the bottom right side of the dialog
  3. In the Installed Software tab choose the software you want to uninstall
  4. Click on the "Uninstall..." button at the bottom
  5. Click 'Finish' on the Uninstall Details dialog
  6. Observe the 'Uninstalling Software %' status at the bottom status bar of eclipse
  7. Click 'Restart Now' when prompted to do so.

Eclipse restarts. Choose the workspace. Now when you go again to the Installed Software window , you do not find the uninstalled software.

By : jdhall

If you are using Windows, make sure you are running Eclipse as administrator. Without administrator privileges, some options may be grayed-out in "Installed Software".

By : cr4paud

In Eclipse 3.6 Helios, the interface has changed again. Go to "About Eclipse", and then click the "Installation Details" button in the about box.

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By: admin