Eclipse won’t start – Java exit code 13

My first attempt to start Eclipse returned

Java was started but returned exit code=13

This made me stop thinking. It is amazing how much developers can endure!

Problems

The message assumes that I know what to do in order to run Eclipse. Well, I don’t. Obviously other people don’t know either – Cannot run Eclipse; JVM terminated. Exit code=13.

There is even a sticky post on the Eclipse community forums – Eclipse won’t start? READ THIS FIRST. Note that the post is dated October 2009.

Fix

Quick and dirty: Explain what to do and point to the Eclipse won’t start? READ THIS FIRST form post.

Design for humans: Implement a prerequisites check.

14 July 2015 | Eclipse

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