Program "make" not found in PATH

I'm having the Program "make" not found in PATH error in eclipse. I checked the path variable which is:

%CommonProgramFiles%\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live;
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\PhysX\Common;
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Binn\;
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\DTS\Binn\;
C:\Program Files\Git\cmd

The PATH starts with the folder which contains make (I checked and make.exe is in there), but eclipse still goes Program "make" not found in PATH.

I have tried changing the path and restarting several times but nothing seems to change.


You may try altering toolchain in case if for some reason you can't use gcc. Open Properties for your project (by right clicking on your project name in the Project Explorer), then C/C++ Build > Tool Chain Editor. You can change the current builder there from GNU Make Builder to CDT Internal Builder or whatever compatible you have.

Are you trying to run "Hello world" for the first time? Please make sure you choose proper toolchain. For Windows you have to choose MinGW GCC.

To make MinGW GCC compiler as default or change you original project with error "Program “make” not found in PATH" or "launch failed binary not found eclipse c++" when you trying to run program simply go to Windows >> Preferences >> C\C++ Build >> Tool Chain Editor >> Change Current toolchain to MinGW GCC

If you are using MinGw, rename the mingw32-make.exe to make.exe in the folder " C:\MinGW\bin " or wherever minGw is installed in your system.

In MinGW, I had to install the following things:

Basic Setup -> mingw32-base  
Basic Setup -> mingw32-gcc-g++  
Basic Setup -> msys-base 

And in Eclipse, go to

Windows -> Preferences -> C/C++ -> Build -> Environment

And set the following environment variables (with "Append variables to native environment" option set):

PATH   C:\MinGW\bin;C:\MinGW\msys\1.0\bin

Click "Apply" and then "OK".

This worked for me, as far as I can tell.

Just to clarify the details that Adel's linked eclipse forum covers, here's how I solved this (on OS X):

Note: for me, even though my personal environment (i.e. if in bash, echo $PATH) had /Developer/usr/bin in it, I still had to add it to Eclipse's Environment variables:

Go to Eclipse Preferences -> C/C++ -> Build -> Environment -> Add.. -> "${PATH}:/Developer/usr/bin"

In the case of some other OS, just use the right path where make exists.

If you are using MinGW toolchain for CDT, make.exe is found at C:\MinGW\msys\1.0\bin

(or search the make.exe in MinGW folder.)

Add this path in eclipse window->preferences->environment

Make sure you have installed 'make' tool through Cygwin's installer.

Probably there are some files inside C:\cygwin\bin called xxxxxmake.exe, try renaming it to make.exe

If you are using GNU MCU Eclipse on Windows, make sure Windows Build Tools are installed, then check the installation path and fill the "Global Build Tools Path" inside Eclipse Window/Preferences... :

I had the same problem. Initially I had setup Eclipse CDT with Cygwing & was working smoothly. One day there happened a problem due to which I had to reset windows. After that when I opened Eclipse I started facing the issue described above. This is how I solved it.

First I searched that in the error the PATH variable value is same as the PATH variable of windows ( just by manual comparison of both two values ). I found that to be same. Now I realized that it is a PATH problem.

Then started looking for Cygwin whether it is there or not? It was there. I located & found that it exists in

C:\cygwin64\bin>dir ma*
 Volume in drive C is Windows8_OS
 Volume Serial Number is 042E-11B5

 Directory of C:\cygwin64\bin

16-05-2015  18:34            10,259 mag.exe
13-08-2013  04:57               384 mailmail
11-04-2015  02:56             4,252 make-emacs-shortcut
15-02-2015  23:25           194,579 make.exe
04-05-2015  21:36            40,979 makeconv.exe
29-07-2013  11:57            29,203 makedepend.exe
16-05-2015  18:34            79,891 makeindex.exe
16-05-2015  18:34            34,323 makejvf.exe
07-05-2015  03:04               310 mako-render
18-04-2015  02:07            92,179 man.exe
18-04-2015  02:07           113,683 mandb.exe
13-08-2013  04:57               286 manhole
18-04-2015  02:07            29,203 manpath.exe
24-10-2014  13:31           274,461 mate-terminal.exe
24-10-2014  13:31             1,366 mate-terminal.wrapper
              15 File(s)        905,358 bytes
               0 Dir(s)  373,012,271,104 bytes free


Then I simply went ahead & updated the PATH variable to include this path & restarted eclipse.

The code compiles & debugging (GDB ) is working nicely.

Hope this helps.

Go to Project> Properties> C/C++ Build> Environment. You will see three fields, choose PATH. See if the folder containing make.exe is appended to the path or not. Sometimes the change to the System PATH variable (made from My Computer> Properties> Advanced System Settings...) is NOT reflected in Eclipse. This solved the problem for me, hope it helps you too!

Additional hint: If you have multiple projects with different toolchains open, check the build console header for the failing project's path.

I've just spent half an hour trying to fix a build that showed this error because another project with hopelessly outdated toolchain settings was open in the same workbench. Closing the other project re-enabled the build.

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