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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118 Responses to Eclipse hangs at startup showing only the splash screen

  1. fisher says:

    I’ve got this saved so that every 2 months when this happens i don’t lose half a day of work trying to remember the steps! thanks!

  2. Debu says:

    Thanks. I also faced the same problem and this solution worked perfectly. Really a big help.

  3. GClarkB says:

    Thanks a bunch. This worked great. I am using the STS version of eclipse from SpringSource, and it was hanging on startup every time. Your solution worked for me.

  4. Christer Bernérus says:

    Thanks. You saved my day!

  5. Renaud says:

    Thank you!

  6. James says:

    Thanks! This one really helped without loosing any settings.

  7. Daling says:

    Thanks!! This one helps me lot.

  8. Awesome says:

    Saved my life… almost :)

  9. Sten says:

    I think u can use
    eclipse -clean -clearPersistedState

    (from <a href="; title="SOF")
    too. It is a little bit easier ;)

  10. Alfonso Mateos says:

    Thaks a lot! You saved me a lot of time!

  11. anu says:

    Thanks.. perfectly worked for me too.

  12. jim says:

    You rock!!!!

  13. jim says:

    Just want to add that this works in Eclipse Luna

  14. Cole Markham says:

    Thanks for the post, really helped me out. I also found this bug report and added this workaround and a link back here so hopefully it can be fixed (4 years later).

  15. sree kumar says:


    Worked :)

  16. BalaG says:

    I had to use both soluctions to fix my eclipse hang problem.
    eclipse -clean -clearPersistedState

  17. BalaG says:

    You saved my day !!!!!!!!!!! Great !!!!!!!!!

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