# Where can I get Workbench 3 and why do I need it?

I read in some questions/answers that people are using Workbench 3.

From where can I get the Workbench 3, which is the most current version and why would I need it?

• You must contact Wolfram Support and they will let you know. (Yes, that is the answer. Workbench 3 is not publicly released.) I would consider this question off-topic here. – Szabolcs Sep 27 '16 at 12:18
• @Szabolcs So they still advertise that workbench supports all versions, when it does not and when you as a user have to ask WRI upon hearsay from some Q&A site that a newer version of workbench is in fact available (but hush, hush...)? You have to be kidding - that reminds me about something the Vogon's said in Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy shortly before the Earth was destroyed... :) – gwr Sep 27 '16 at 12:23
• @Szabolcs I disagree with you in this regard. Because the confusion of "fellow users" is the confusion of fellow "WRI customers" and exactly that is going to serve as a catalyst. And indeed I am giving the official information here; this is not my confusion but WRI's confusion. – gwr Sep 27 '16 at 12:39
• Today I got from my supplier in Germany the Setup Plugin for Eclipse for Workbench 3 and it runs perfectly with Eclipse Neon Release (4.6.0) - after setting the path to MathKernel of Mathematica 11. – mrz Sep 29 '16 at 13:03
• @Szabolcs I think it is a perfectly legitimate question and i am glad it was posed. I would prefer this question stays. – magma Sep 29 '16 at 14:42

## Update November 2nd, 2016

The issue has obviously now been addressed by WRI and Workbench will not be a branded Eclipse IDE, but rather be a concurrent plug-in for Eclipse. They also updated the Website: Wolfram Workbench.

Maybe there has been some effect of posts like this one? :)

Update

Because I feel that @Szabolcs does have a point I will give a personal and thus "inofficial" answer to your question here, before giving the "official" answer as it can be obtained by reading publicly available information on WRI sites:

I have found that Workbench 2.0 does not support Mathematica Version 10 or higher and I have accordingly asked WRI for a Beta version of Workbench 3 which I was granted. I feel that this handing over a functioning version of Workbench has not been a pure act of goodwill, but rather my right as a customer, since WRI still advertises Workbench 2.0 as I have documented below with all legal implications imo.

## The (inofficial) official answer to this question

You should not need Workbench 3.0 (according to WRI's official information on its website!) because as this screenshot from this very minute shows, Workbench 2 is the "state-of-the-art integrated development environment" (www.wolfram.com/products/workbench/):

Also note that in the Q&A on the same site as of this very minute it says:

So the obvious and decisive conclusion is that:

• either your fellow users in the fora, Q&As and blogs in telling you that Workbench 2.0 does not support Version 10 or higher are wrong
• or WRI is not telling the truth on its site with all what that might imply
• Just got a mail regarding my answer here that might be relevant: "You failed to note that we are living in post-factual times". :) – gwr Sep 27 '16 at 14:06
• gwr could you please describe how and who exactly did you write to? Was it sent via the support pages found in the WRI site or a simple email? did you wait for long before getting an answer? – magma Sep 29 '16 at 14:56
• gwr, no I just asked how did you ask WRI in order to get a beta version Workbench 3.0. I asked for a beta too, via my country supplier, to no avail. So, how did you communicate with them? – magma Sep 29 '16 at 15:03
• @magma Help/ Give Feedback and directly ask Support. – Kuba Oct 5 '16 at 9:22
• I wonder if WRI is liable to be hit by a lawsuit because of this. If enough people are inadvertently affected by this false advertising, I'm certain it is. – QuantumDot Oct 5 '16 at 11:52

This Wolfram support article explains how to install the latest Workbench as an Eclipse plugin.

It is compatible with Eclipse 4.6 (Neon) and Mathematica 11.