How To Install Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 20.04





Eclipse is an integrated development environment commonly used in software development. This program contains a versatile base workspace system and extensible plug-ins for customizing it. When it comes to computing, the program uses Java as well as C/C++, Python, PERL, Ruby, and other languages. It provides extremely useful refactoring tools, as well as flawless Javadoc handling. 





We will describe how to install the Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 20.04 in this tutorial.






Step 1: Configure VPSie cloud server

  1. Sign in to your system or register a newly created one by logging in to your VPSie account. 
  2. Connect by SSH using the credentials we emailed you.
  3. Once you have logged into your Ubuntu 20.04 instance, update your system using following command.


sudo apt update






Step 2: Install Java.



Your machine must have Java JDK 8 or newer for Eclipse to run. Oracle JDK or OpenJDK are both suitable options, I’ll use OpenJDK 11.






Run the following command,



apt-get install openjdk-11-jdk





Verify Java installation,




# java -version






Step 3: Download Eclipse






The Eclipse IDE latest version can be downloaded from the Eclipse website. Alternatively, you can download Eclipse over a terminal by running the following command.




sudo apt install -y wget






Eclipse can be extracted to any directory of your choice “/usr“,



sudo tar -zxvf eclipse-java-2020-06-R-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz -C /usr/




Embed the Eclipse executable in your /usr/bin directory to make Eclipse accessible via the command line,




sudo ln -s /usr/eclipse/eclipse /usr/bin/eclipse







Step 4: Add an icon for the Eclipse launcher





Besides the command line, you can launch the Eclipse IDE using the GNOME launcher icon.



sudo nano /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop



In the above file, paste the following information,




[Desktop Entry]
Name=Eclipse IDE
Comment=Eclipse IDE



Step 5: Access Eclipse IDE





To access the eclipse, run the following command,




GUI : You can find the Eclipse IDE under Activities and search for it.


That’s it. The installation of Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 20.04 was a simple process. Plug-ins to extend Eclipse IDE’s functionality are available in Eclipse Market Place, so check there.



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