Solving the 'Eclipse Selection Does Not Contain a Main Type' Issue: A Comprehensive Guide


This documentation aims to guide developers through the process of troubleshooting the "Selection does not contain a main type" error that occurs when running a Java program in Eclipse. Follow the step-by-step instructions to resolve this issue and learn more about potential causes and solutions in the FAQ section.

## Table of Contents

1. [Understanding the 'Selection Does Not Contain a Main Type' Issue](#understanding-the-selection-does-not-contain-a-main-type-issue)
2. [Step-by-Step Guide to Fix the Issue](#step-by-step-guide-to-fix-the-issue)
3. [FAQs](#faqs)
4. [Related Links](#related-links)

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## Understanding the 'Selection Does Not Contain a Main Type' Issue

The "Selection does not contain a main type" error occurs when Eclipse cannot find the main() method in the project files. This could be due to improper project configuration, missing or misplaced main() method, or issues with the build path. In order to resolve this issue, it is crucial to identify the root cause.

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## Step-by-Step Guide to Fix the Issue

Follow the steps below to troubleshoot and resolve the "Selection does not contain a main type" error:

### 1. Check the main() method

Make sure your Java program contains a valid main() method with the correct signature:

public static void main(String[] args) {
    // Your code here

2. Verify Project Configuration

Ensure that your project is configured as a Java project. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on your project in the Package Explorer.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. In the left panel, click on Project Facets.
  4. Check if Java is selected as a facet. If not, select it and click Apply and Close.

3. Configure the Build Path

Verify that your project's build path is configured correctly:

  1. Right-click on your project in the Package Explorer.
  2. Select Build Path > Configure Build Path.
  3. In the Source tab, ensure that your project's source folder is listed.
  4. In the Libraries tab, verify that the JRE System Library is included. If not, click Add Library and select JRE System Library.

4. Run the Java Program

After verifying the project configuration and build path, try running your Java program again:

  1. Right-click on your Java class containing the main() method in the Package Explorer.
  2. Select Run As > Java Application.

If the issue persists, refer to the FAQ section for more solutions.


What are other possible reasons for the "Selection does not contain a main type" error?

A corrupted Eclipse workspace, incorrect Run Configuration, or outdated JDK version could also cause this error.

How can I fix a corrupted Eclipse workspace?

To fix a corrupted workspace, you can create a new workspace and import your existing projects into it. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Eclipse and select File > Switch Workspace > Other.
  2. Create a new workspace and click OK.
  3. Import your existing projects by selecting File > Import > General > Existing Projects into Workspace.

How do I update my JDK version in Eclipse?

To update the JDK version in Eclipse, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install the latest JDK version from the Oracle website.
  2. In Eclipse, go to Window > Preferences > Java > Installed JREs.
  3. Click Add and select Standard VM.
  4. Browse to the installed JDK directory and click Finish.
  5. Set the new JDK as the default JRE by selecting it and clicking Apply and Close.

How do I create a new Run Configuration for my Java program?

To create a new Run Configuration, follow these steps:

  1. In Eclipse, go to Run > Run Configurations.
  2. Right-click on Java Application and select New Configuration.
  3. Provide a name for the configuration and select your project.
  4. Choose the main class containing the main() method.
  5. Click Apply and then Run.

What if none of the solutions work?

If none of the solutions mentioned above work, consider reinstalling Eclipse or seeking help from the Eclipse Community Forums.

  1. Eclipse Official Documentation
  2. Oracle JDK Downloads
  3. Eclipse Community Forums

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