Using Version Control within the IDE

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Using Version Control within the IDE

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Version control systems for use with LPCXpresso IDE are available throught the Eclipse plugin mechanism.

Many such plugins are available through the Eclipse Marketplace plugin. For more information on installing Marketplace, visit EclipseMarketplace. When selecting which Marketplace plugin to install, for LPCXpresso 6 use the Eclipse Indigo update site.

The rest of the FAQ looks at some commonly used version control plugins.


The tools ship with a built-in client for the Concurrent Versions System (CVS). With this client you can access CVS repositories.

You can find more information on CVS at:

You can also visit the Eclipse CVS FAQ.

Subversion (SVN)

For use with Subversion repositories, there is a choice of two plugins - Subclipse and Subversive.

More information on Subversion at:


Subclipse is a great client for using with a Subversion repository and is the client used by the LPCXpresso IDE development team.

For more information on Subclipse, see:

There is a choice of Subclipse clients to connect to different versions of Subclipse repositories. All of the available clients can be found here:

To install the latest Subclipse 1.10 client:

  • Select Help->Install new software

  • Press Add...
  • Enter:
    • Subclipse in the the Name field and
    • into the Location field
      • Note this Location was current at the time of writing (Jan 2014), but may have been changed. Follow the link to check if it is still current.
  • Press OK
  • Check everything except Subclipse Integration for Mylin (optional) (see below for additional information).
    • Mac OSX users should see the additional notes below
  • Press Next
  • Press Next
  • Accept the license and press Finish

Notes on installing Subclipse on Mac OSX

On Mac OSX, unless you have an up-to-date JavaHL client, you will need to:

  • Follow the instructions above for installing Subclipse, and ensure the SVNKit Client Adapter (in the Subclipse group) is selected for installation.
  • After restarting the IDE, you will need to edit a preference to use the SVNKit Client adapter, by:
    • Open the IDE preferences
    • Expand Team and click on SVN
      • This will open a "Subversion Native Library Not Available" dialog. Hit Cancel
    • Under SVN Interface, select SVNKit (Pure Java) and press OK
  • Subclipse can now be used within the IDE

Important note on installing Subclipse

The complete installation of Subclipse includes an optional component Subclipse Integration for Mylin that requires a component of Eclipse that is not provided in the product. For the installation to proceed correctly, this entry MUST be unchecked.


Information on the Subversive plugin can be found at:

The update site for Subversive can be found at:

Installation instructions can be found at:


Information on the Eclipse Git plugin (Egit) can be found at:

It has been reported that creating a repository or accessing Window/Preferences/Team/Git/Configuration hangs LPCXpresso IDE. A solution for this is to append to the following line to the lpcxpresso.ini file:


Remember to replace C:/path/to/Git/etc with your local Git installation path.

TFS - Team Foundation Server

Microsoft produce an offical Eclipse plugin for TFS. For more details, see:

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