Plug-in and Product differences

MDT is available in two installation packages:


Product is a stand-alone application built on Eclipse Platform. Product is packed and delivered with all plugins required to run MDT along with its own JRE (Java Runtime Environment). It is ready to use just after installation. Product can be easily extended with new features by installing other Eclipse/MDT plugins.

Note: Once installed product can be updated with the use of plug-in package.


Plug-in is intended to be used with existing Eclipse installations. It has to be installed with use of Eclipse plug-in installation feature.

Note: Plug-in installation usually requires Internet access because some additional Eclipse plugins may be required to run MDT. They will be installed automatically.

Related tasks

Installing MDT
Updating MDT
Managing Licenses