Eclipse Galileo and NTLMv2 Proxies

While configuring the newest installment of Eclipse, Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo), I ran into some proxy trouble. After setting the proxy-configuration, the ‘Install New Software…’ window would structurally say ‘No repository found on <location>’.

After some Googling and researching, it appears to be a problem with Eclipse’s underlying URL/Proxy handling library. This library is now Apache httpclient, which does not support NTLMv2 proxies. Luckily, there’s a workaround.

If you are behind an NTLMv2 proxy, you can force Eclipse to revert its URL/Proxy handling library to the old JRE URLConnection by adding these lines to your eclipse.ini file:


If your proxy does not require authentication, you can leave out the proxyUser and proxyPassword settings.

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