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Previous to Juno (<=4.1)
Neon (4.6)
Oxygen (4.7)
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2018-09 (4.9)

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Offers tight integration of system file manager (Explorer, Nautilus, Konqueror, Mac Finder, ...) and the shell (cmd.exe/terminal) in Eclipse.

Despite its name, its not Windows-only but works cross-platform (Windows, Mac and a bunch of Linux distros are supported out of the box).

Every now and then when working with Eclipse you'd like to examine a file or a folder inside the Eclipse workspace with your file manager or open a shell/cmd.exe in this location. Or you edit a file in Eclipse and would like to open the parent folder of this file in the file manager or shell. Or the file you are editing contains a string which references another file in the filesystem and you would like to do some of the things mentioned above with that referenced file. This plug-in gives you a convenient way to do all this by adding a few entries to Eclipse's context menus. Furthermore, it offers a different, more convenient way to issue any shell/dos command you like through customizable menu commands. Last but not the least this plug-in offers a tighter integration of the clip board, so copying a file's/folder's path to the clip board is only two mouse clicks (instead of opening the Properties dialog and selecting the path manually).

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Eclipse Versions: 
Mars (4.5), Luna (4.4), Kepler (4.3), Juno (4.2, 3.8), Previous to Juno (<=4.1), Neon (4.6), Oxygen (4.7), Photon (4.8), 2018-09 (4.9)
Platform Support: 
Windows, Mac, Linux/GTK
Date Created: 
Thu, 2013-01-24 15:24
Development Status: 
Other Open Source
Date Updated: 
Thu, 2018-08-23 15:07
December 2018160/887214 (0.09%)10
November 2018146/939613 (0.1%)17
October 2018140/943676 (0.11%)15
September 2018132/941654 (0.13%)25
August 2018132/939642 (0.13%)15
July 2018117/940829 (0.15%)26
June 2018131/947667 (0.13%)20
May 2018121/954795 (0.14%)21
April 2018119/946810 (0.15%)17
March 2018115/961871 (0.16%)8
February 2018128/940628 (0.13%)11
January 2018119/945784 (0.16%)21
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 21:35
dothanhcong89's picture

Great tool !! thank you so much

skumar4x1's picture

very useful when working in multiple project and need to navigate to file system. Great tool !!

aastashz's picture

Excellent! It can configure my command line terminal and explorer.

bsheldon's picture

I installed this a while back but never really used it until we started moving from CVS to Git. This makes doing a 'git status' etc so much easier. I wrote an external tool to do a 'git status' but startexplorer is nice for other commands.

We have lots of web apps with lots of components so leaving a command line window up all the time doesn't cut it (since we have to bounce around to lots of different projects in our workspaces).

The egit plugin works most of the time but we do have some strangeness going on that makes me want to go to the command line to make sure eclipse or egit aren't being stupid.

pverest's picture

Have the similar usage pattern: most of the time EGIt, but back to shell for some rare operation or checks, e.g. `git remote --verbose`

"external tool to do a 'git status'" is great idea, but I guess it would need to be for every project.

jpaulino's picture

I came across by accident, but now this plugin is mandatory, saves me lot of time to open the shell or the file explorer easily. thanks!

ebrannin's picture

This is one of the few plugins I always install in Springsource Tool Suite. It's really convenient to select a file and press ctrl-alt-E to reveal it in Explorer, or crl-alt-D to open a command prompt in its directory!

pverest's picture

Yes, it very convenient to open folder or file in Explorer.