Go to: www.eclipse.org/birt/
This page gives us some of the basic info on BIRT including what BIRT is:
BIRT is an open source technology platform used to create data visualizations and reports that can be embedded into rich client and web applications.
Explore the “Learn More” and other areas of the website as needed.
Click “Download BIRT 4.5.0”
The “Framework” download is good if you already have Eclipse running on your machine. In that case, you really only need the BIRT plug-ins.
The “RCP Designer” download is good too. “RCP” stands for Rich Client Platform. My main issue with it is that it does NOT allow Java customization and de-bugging. Otherwise, it pretty much has all the Reporting functionality you will need as a new report developer.
The last download on the page is not likely to be something you would be troubling with as a new report developer. This is what you use to deploy BIRT online.
IMPORTANT: All of these downloads require Java 1.7 JDK/JRE.
This is the link to the download as of the publication date of this tutorial:
If you are feeling a little confused about the name of Java 1.7, don’t be. Java 1.7 is also called Java 7. The version name of Java is historically illogical and does not go in a proper 1,2,3 sequence.
To make things a little more confusing, the Eclipse website said that the pre-requisite was “Java 1.7 JDK/JRE”.
When you finally get to the Oracle website to download Java 1.7, you are re-directed to Java 8. Java 1.7 is an outdated release.
Don’t worry. Just install the Java 8. It will work.
Click download. The download time is going to vary based on your internet speed, but plan on waiting several minutes. Now is a good time to go get yourself a cup of coffee.
Once it’s downloaded, install it. Follow the instruction provided in the installation wizard.
A new page opens where you must select a Download link for the Operating System that your computer uses.
Select a Mirror. (Mirror sites are useful when the original site generates too much traffic for a single server to support). Click Download. The download may take several minutes. Might be time for another cup of coffee.
Once it’s downloaded, install it. Follow the instructions provided in the installation wizard.
Once you have installed Eclipse, open the “eclipse” folder. On regular Windows computer, it probably should be in the “C” drive in the “Programs” folder – but, it really depends on where you installed Eclipse.