3.1. Configuration

Since Eclipse SCADA is based on Java and Eclipse, both have to be installed to get it to run. In this chapter we will show how to install Java, Eclipse and all necessary plugins to get started.

[Note]Java 8

At the time of writing Java 8 was just released, so the current version which is still in use in conjunction with Eclipse SCADA is Java 7. Java 8 should theoretically work, but it is not tested so far.

The recommended way on Windows is to use the official Java installation package provided by Oracle. The download site is to be found at: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index-jsp-138363.html. We recommend that you install Java for the same architecture as your system is. That means if you have a 64bit Windows, then also install the 64bit version of Java. If you have a 32bit Windows, you have to install the 32bit version of Java as well. It is possible to install the 32bit Version Java on a 64bit Windows, but unless you have important reasons to do that, we will not recommend it.

Next step is to install the necessary plugins which contain the actual Eclipse SCADA components. For this go to HelpInstall New Software. In the text box "Work with" just enter following URL: http://download.eclipse.org/eclipsescada/updates/release/0.2/ Then select the "Eclipse SCADA IDE" category and click on "Next". The next screen should contain all the additionally selected dependencies. Click on "Next" there as well. On the next screen accept the Licenses and click on "Finish". After the installation Eclipse requires a restart. Do that.

Additionally you can now install the additional openSCADA components. These contain the OPC and the SNMP adapters. This may be part of the 0.3 release of Eclipse SCADA, but for now they have to be downloaded from the openSCADA site. To install it just repeat the steps above with the URL http://neutronium.openscada.org/p2/1.3/release/ and select the "OpenSCADA IDE" category.

After a restart of your Eclipse IDE you are ready to start configuring the SCADA system. For this please read further in Chapter 4, Configuration.