Tutorial :Migrating From NetBeans to Eclipse


My company wants to migrate to Eclipse, I was wondering what options besides an Ant build are there to move our projects from Netbeans to Eclipse.


I have recently 'migrated' from Netbeans to Eclipse and found it amazingly easy. The reason it was easy though is that all of our projects are IDE independent standard ant and ivy build scripts that most modern IDE's can understand. This way, we all get to use the IDE we like (yes - emacs and vi too) and their are no 'migration' issues.

The reason that I am pointing that out is that, if it is not already that way, I would recommend that you take that same path on your migration. Just create some standard ant (and ivy) build scripts. Eclipse knows how to slurp those in and there will be no future migration issues.


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i was looking for an answer my self and saw this question :)


Here is a little tutorial on "Importing projects from NetBeans to Eclipse".

Please try this:


  1. Open NebBeans.
  2. Create a java project named "ToEclipse".
  3. Build this project.

Then, NetBeans has created several folders. The important folders to us are (in my computer):

  • c:\User\Almir\NetBeans\ToEclipse\dist
  • c:\User\Almir\NetBeans\ToEclipse\src


  1. Go to Eclipse.
  2. Create a java project in Eclipse named "ToEclipse".

Then, Eclipse has created several folders. The important folders to us are (in my computer):

  • c:\Users\Almir\Eclipse\ToEclipse\bin
  • c:\Users\Almir\Eclipse\ToEclipse\src


  1. Go to Windows Explorer.
  2. Copy the FILE "ToEclipse.jar" at c:\Users\Almir\Eclipse\ToEclipse\bin folder.
  3. Past it in c:\Users\Almir\Eclipse\ToEclipse\bin
  4. Copy the FOLDER "toeclipse" at c:\User\Almir\NetBeans\ToEclipse\src folder. Past it in b) c:\Users\Almir\Eclipse\ToEclipse\src folder.


  1. Go to Eclipse.
  2. Press F5 to refresh the view.
  3. Verify that your project is there (under ToEclipse/src/toeclipse).
  4. Say "Oh! Yes! It works!".
  5. Run the project.
  6. Return to 3) how many times you want!

I hope that helps you!

Kind regards, Almir Campos São Paulo, Brazil.


I found another easier way that worked for me at least since I had problems importing the Ant build script due to a missing javac.

Say you have your Netbeans project (src, build, dist etc) in D:/blah/

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In Eclipse go to File->New->Java Project

Uncheck 'Use default location' and instead use the path where the Netbeans project is (D:/blah/) Eclipse should automatically populate everything else and link to the files as well.

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in MY PERSONAL experience, it was easy. I was migrating a java desktop app from netbeans to eclipse. Just copy my projects into the workspace, create the project in eclipse as a new java project and put the same name of the project in netbeans (use your workspace as location). It will recognize the project structure ( Eclipse Helios, Netbeans 6.8 )

Hope this helps. I don't know how hard it turns if you have another kind of project.


I just migrated a Netbeans 7.0 JSF web project to Eclipse. And it was easier than i would have imagined. What i did was:

  1. List item
  2. Clean and build my JSF application in netbeans
  3. Close netbeans and open Eclipse(i use galileo)
  4. Create a new Dynamic Web Application.
  5. Right click on the new web application in project explorer and go to import then to .WAR file
  6. It then ask whether i want to import any of the jar files(libraries) as projects and i do not select any and just click finish.
  7. Copied my netbeans src(source) folder /src/java/ to the Eclipse src folder. e.g netbeansproject/medman/src/java/com to eclipseSpace/medman/src/
  8. Next setup your server in Eclipse(i use tomcat 6.0).

And voila! it is done.

You can also check out this link. http://www.coderanch.com/t/458555/vc/Export-Netbeans-Eclipse


At my company people pretty much use either eclipse or Netbeans. I myself use both of them for various tasks. We write our own ant scripts to build and package our source so it does not matter what IDE a person uses. I would suggest that you create your own ant script to build your source, that way you won't have to depend on an IDE specific build script.

Note:If u also have question or solution just comment us below or mail us on toontricks1994@gmail.com
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