How to manually install PyDev

The easiest and recommended method to install PyDev is to use Install New Software as shown here. I found that this method was giving this error on Eclipse 4.4.1:

An error occurred while collecting items to be installed
session context was:(profile=epp.package.cpp, phase=org.eclipse.equinox.internal.p2.engine.phases.Collect, operand=, action=).
Unable to read repository at http://pydev.org/updates/plugins/com.python.pydev.debug_3.9.0.201411111611.jar.
Read timed out
Unable to read repository at http://pydev.org/updates/plugins/org.python.pydev.help_3.9.0.201411111611.jar.
Read timed out

Thankfully, PyDev plugin can be installed manually and that is what I ended up doing:

  • Download the latest plugin zip files from here.

  • Unzip the file and you get two directories features and plugins. Place these directories in the dropins directory of your Eclipse installation.

  • Restart Eclipse if it was running.

  • Go to Help -> Installation Details. You should be able to find PyDev listed here.

You should be able to use PyDev now! 🙂

Tried with: PyDev 3.9.0, Eclipse Luna 4.4.1 and Ubuntu 14.04

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