Chapter 5. Upgrading Developer Studio

Depending on your need, refer to the respective sections to upgrade Developer Studio.

5.1. Upgrading major versions of Developer Studio

Each major version of Developer Studio is based on a different version of Eclipse. As a result, it is not possible to update an older major version of Developer Studio to a newer major version. For example, it is not possible to update a devstudio 10.x installation to 11.x, nor is it possible to update a 11.x installation to 12.x. However, it is possible to use the workspaces created using Developer Studio 11.x with Developer Studio 12.x.

The following table details the version of Eclipse supported with each major version of Red Hat Developer Studio:

Table 5.1. Eclipse Version Support Matrix

Red Hat Developer Studio VersionBase Eclipse Version

Developer Studio 12.9

Eclipse SimRel 2018-09 GA

Developer Studio 12.0

Eclipse 4.8 (Photon)

Developer Studio 11.x

Eclipse 4.7 (Oxygen)

Red Hat Developer Studio 10.x

Eclipse 4.6 (Neon)

Red Hat Developer Studio 9.x

Eclipse 4.5 (Mars)

5.2. Updating minor versions of Red Hat Developer Studio

You can update your Red Hat Developer Studio to the latest minor versions within the major release. For example, you can update your Red Hat Developer Studio 12.0 installation to 12.9.

Important

Before updating, back up your workspace. In addition to your project files, your workspace contains metadata about customized settings and preferences for the IDE. To back up your workspace, either copy the workspace directory to a backup location, or save it as a compressed file.

You may be automatically notified by the IDE when the Red Hat Developer Studio 12.y update is available, depending on your IDE settings for automatic updates.

Procedure

Alternatively, use the following instructions to manually check for and apply the most recent Red Hat Developer Studio update:

  1. In the IDE, click Window > Preferences, expand Install/Update and click Available Software Sites.
  2. In the Available Software Sites table, ensure the URL https://devstudio.redhat.com/12/stable/updates/ is listed or, if not listed, add it.
  3. Close the Preferences window.
  4. Click Help > Check for Updates.
  5. For any Red Hat Developer Studio updates found, follow the on-screen instructions to apply the update.

During the update process, you may receive warnings about installing unsigned content. If this is the case, review the details of the content and if satisfied click OK to continue with the update.

After updating is complete, you are prompted to restart the IDE. Click Yes to restart immediately or No to save any unsaved changes to open projects. Note that IDE changes do not take effect until the IDE is restarted.