Friday, September 20, 2013

How to setup Eclipse for C/C++, MinGW and CUTE plugin

Setting Up Eclipse

  • First we need to download Eclipse. Open this link and click on "Windows 32-bit" or "Windows 64-bit" according to your system.
  • After you download the .zip, extract it and place the eclipse folder somewhere you like. I placed mine in C:\Program Files\Eclipse. Here's a screen:

Setting Up MinGW
  • Download MinGW from the link below:
  • Run the installer. Press "Install" and then "Continue".
  • The MinGW Installation Manager should now open. Click on "Basic Setup" on the left side of the window. Then look for "mingw32-base", click on the check box and select "Mark for Installation". Also mark "mingw32-gcc-g++" (Class "bin" and "dev") for Installation.
  • On the main menu bar, click on "Installation" menu and select "Apply Changes". Wait for it to finish.
  • When it is done, you should have something like this:

  • Right-click "My Computer" and select "Properties". Click on "Advanced System Settings". Press "Environment Variables..." and add a new user variable named "Path" and with the location of MinGW bin folder on its value. You should have something like this:

Setting Up CUTE plugin
  • Open Eclipse. If prompted on where to store your workspace, browse to the folder where you want to keep your projects.
  • On the main menu bar, click on "Help" menu and select "Install New Software..."


  • Click "Add..."
  • Fill in the forms:
    • Name: CUTE
    • Location:
  • Press OK.
  • Now select:
    • CUTE Optional Features
    • CUTE Plugin
  • Press "Next" twice, select "I accept (...)" and then press "Finish". When it is done it will prompt you to restart Eclipse.

And that concludes this tutorial.
Hope it helped you!

Henrique Ferrolho


  1. doesn't seem to lead anywhere

    1. You are right, it is not working as of today. It seems like a temporary issue though.
      As a workaround, you can use the same URL followed by your Eclipse version, i.e., if you are using Eclipse Luna the following URL should work: