Eclipse hangs at startup showing only the splash screen

Today my Eclipse Galileo hung at start up. After trying some tricks such as eclipse -clean, or eclipse -debug -console, searching for hints in the log files, removing xulrunner from the java.library.path environment, deleting some of the most recent history files and so on I found the solution. In your workspace directory perform the following steps:

  1. cd .metadata/.plugins
  2. mv org.eclipse.core.resources org.eclipse.core.resources.bak
  3. Start eclipse. (It should show an error message or an empty workspace because no project is found.)
  4. Close all open editors tabs.
  5. Exit eclipse.
  6. rm -rf org.eclipse.core.resources (Delete the newly created directory.)
  7. mv org.eclipse.core.resources.bak/ org.eclipse.core.resources (Restore the original directory.)
  8. Start eclipse and start working. :-)
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172 Responses to Eclipse hangs at startup showing only the splash screen

  1. José Ernesto Lara Rodríguez says:

    @Luís I’m using Luna SR1 and it still works.

  2. Me says:

    Thank you, still works for Kepler.

  3. Paullus Nava says:


    Never had this problem, and got a bit lost when that happened today… your post was very helpful.

  4. john says:

    Life saver!

  5. Ankesh says:

    Thank you..
    Stuck for 1 hour..
    it work like charm..

  6. jkugs says:

    Wokred on Ubuntu! Thanks!

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  8. Samrat says:

    Excellent tip , even works on Eclipse Luna with WTP projects

  9. Guillo says:

    Muchísimas gracias, me ayudo en Spring tools suite 3.6.4 -Platform: Eclipse Luna SR1 (4.4.2)-

  10. Hans says:

    It works also for Mars (4.5.0).
    Seems the bug doesn’t die.

  11. Mahmud says:

    Still works :-) ….. thanks

  12. mihaitha says:

    Thanks a lot mate, that fixed it for me, it hanged on loading org.eclipse.core.filebuffers because a very large sitemap was opened in the workspace.

  13. Stephan says:

    Thanks a lot …
    stuck for more than 1 hour …
    Platform: Eclipse Luna SR1

  14. Karen says:

    Thanks a lot! That worked wonders on Scala IDE Luna

  15. Namek says:

    Damn, it worked on 4.5.2 (Mars.2), too! Thanks!

  16. Hari R says:

    Thanks. It helped.

  17. Jack Peterson says:

    Works for Zend Studio 13.0.2 as well :-)

  18. Bhargav says:

    Wow!!!! Thanks for help.. it magic.

  19. Seth says:

    Worked like a champ

  20. Javi says:

    I almost cried. It worked!
    In my case it’s a Composer. A modified eclipse to work with Documentum applications.
    Thanks a lot!

  21. Ferdie says:

    Thank you. :)

  22. amathematizer says:

    didn’t work on Luna

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