How to install Spring Tool Suite in Eclipse IDE

Spring Tool Suite (STS) is an Eclipse-based development environment that is customized for the development of Spring applications. It can be used as a separate standalone IDE or as a plug-in in Eclipse. In this article, you will see how to install STS as a plug-in in your existing Eclipse IDE.

Software Dependency

  • Eclipse IDE 2020-06 ( Download )
  • Windows 10

To install STS in Eclipse there are few simple steps to follow:

Step-1. Open Eclipse Marketplace

Click on Help menu > Eclipse marketplace… and just type “sts” in the search box then you will see the below image as a search result. The search result may vary if your system having a different version of Eclipse IDE.

Spring Tools 3 (Standalone Edition)

The Spring Tools 3 contain the previous generation Spring tooling for Eclipse, mostly focused on working with Spring apps configured using XML and providing validation support for various additional Spring projects, like Spring AOP, Spring Webflow, Spring Integration, etc.

Note: this cannot be installed in addition to the new Spring Tools 4. If you want to combine both generations, please use the Spring Tools 3 Add-On for Spring Tools 4 marketplace entry.

Now just click on install button to start installation process.

eclipse marketplace

Step-2. Confirm STS Features

Once you click on install, you will be ask to choose and confirm the STS features by clicking on Confirm button as below image.

sts features list

Step-3. Review Licenses & Accept agreements

Now once you confirm the STS features, you have to accept the terms of the license agreements. As you can see in the below image.

Accept the license agreements and click on Finish button.

sts plug-in license agreements

As soon as you click on Finish button it will start downloading and installing software as you can see in below image. It takes few minutes to install so wait for it.

sts installation

Step-4. Restart Eclipse IDE

Once installation has complete it will ask you to restart the eclipse IDE to effect the STS plug-in installation. Click on Restart Now button as below image:

IDE restart

Step-5. Verify STS installation

To verify it click on File > New > Others… and type spring, you can see the below images:

From here now you can able to create spring boot application.

create new spring starter project

You can also check by clicking Window > Show View > Others… and see the below image:

And also you can find it in Prospective by clicking on Window > Perspective > Open Perspective > Others… you can able to see the below image:


In this article, you have installed Spring Tool Suite (STS) in your Eclipse IDE successfully. Now you can able to create any Spring boot application.

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