I've rather daftly been using Eclipse IDE from an install location on an External Hard Drive as initially I wasn't going to be keeping this particular laptop.

How do I move the install from the external hard drive into my Applications folder, I've tried relocating the directory but I suspect that apps are actually installed elsewhere and shortcuts are created to the app within the Applications folder.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.


Usually eclipse is installed by just unzipping an archive in a single folder. You can freely move it anywhere (as in /Application) without any problem.

  • From the install location I used 'cp -R eclipse/ /Applications' and it worked a treat. Thank you. I think I'd been missing the recursive option when trying previously – Luke Jul 8 '13 at 12:27

proceed to the terminal and type:

sudo find / -name 'eclipse'

The results of all possible directories and files with the name 'eclipse' will be found.

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