As a part of our Quick Tips series we will show in this article how to use command prompt from inside Eclipse tool.There are times when we need to use the Windows command prompt for executing standalone Java programs. On the other hand you need to also use the eclipse for doing the development. So frustrating to switch isn’t it. Well, Eclipse tool actually gives us that option to use the windows command prompt inside Eclipse.
Step 1: Setup a new External Configuration Tool
In the Eclipse tool go to Run -> External Tools -> External Tools Configurations option.
Step 2: Click New Launch Configuration option in Create, manage and run configuration screen
Step 3: New Configuration screen for configuring the command prompt
Step 4: Provide configuration details of the Command Prompt in the Main tab
- Name: <<Give any name to your configuration (Here it is Command_Prompt)
- Location: <<Location of the CMD.exe in your Windows>>
- Working Directory: <<Any directory where you want to point the Command prompt>>
Step 5: Tick the check box Allocate console
This will ensure the eclipse console is being used as the command prompt for any input or output.
Step 6: Click Run and you are there!! You will land up in the C: directory as a working directory
Step 7: Sample commands in the Eclipse console.
That’s it. Please provide your feedback and comment if this tip is useful for you.