Performing builds manually

By default, builds are performed automatically when you save resources. If you need more control over when builds occur, you can disable automatic building and manually invoke builds. This is sometimes desirable in cases where you know building should wait until you finish a large set of changes. The disadvantage of manual building is that tasks generated to indicate build errors quickly become out of date until you build. In addition, it is very important that you remember to manually build before relying on build output (for example, before running your Java program).

Note: Some of the menu items described below are only available when the automatic build preference is disabled (ensure Project > Build Automatically is not checked).

To build projects in the workspace select the projects and click Project > Build Project. Alternatively, click Project > Build All to build all projects in the workspace. Both of these commands will search through the projects and only build the resources that have changed since the last build. To build all resources, even those that have not changed since the last build, run Project > Clean... before doing the build.

Related concepts

Related tasks
Saving resources automatically before a manual build
Changing build order
Performing builds automatically