Managing the SDK for Your Project

This page describes how to manage the Cloud SDK in Cloud Tools for Eclipse. You can either allow Cloud Tools for Eclipse to download and install an SDK for you, or you can point it to a specific SDK you've installed outside of Eclipse.

Auto-managed SDK

When you install Cloud Tools for Eclipse, it searches your computer for the Cloud SDK. If it can't find the SDK, then it automatically downloads the latest version of the SDK. It also periodically checks for and installs updates as needed.

The plugin also checks for the SDK:

  • when you start Eclipse

  • when you deploy an App Engine standard application

  • when you start the App Engine standard local server

In the Eclipse Preferences dialog, the Google Cloud Tools setting shows the Cloud SDK configuration. When the Choose SDK checkbox is clear, then Cloud Tools for Eclipse is managing the SDK.

The Preferences dialog with Google Cloud Tools selected. The main area
shows the version number of the SDK. The dialog also shows a field for browsing
to a custom SDK, with an unselected checkbox for choosing an SDK.

Self-managed SDK

To pick a Cloud SDK from your local file system:

  1. In the Eclipse Preferences dialog, select Google Cloud Tools.

  2. Select the Choose SDK checkbox.

  3. Click Browse and navigate to the location of the Cloud SDK you want to use.

    The Preferences dialog with Google Cloud Tools selected.
 The dialog also shows a field for
 browsing to a custom SDK, with the Choose SDK checkbox selected.

    Eclipse uses the specified SDK.

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