How to install Eclipse for Java in Lubuntu (or Ubuntu)

How to install Eclipse for Java in Lubuntu (or Ubuntu)

This guide will walk you through how to install Eclipse in Lubuntu (LXDE) or Ubuntu environment. It’s written specifically for Java edition of eclipse, but this can be used with any other distribution of Eclipse as well.

 

First of all, you need to check whether you have java installed on your system. You can check by using the command:

java -version

If java is not installed, then you should install it by doing

sudo apt-get install default-jre

 

Afterwards, download Eclipse from the download section of the official website (http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/).

http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/eclipse-packages/

Make sure you download Linux version. Remember to choose Eclipse IDE for Java Developers package for your architecture (32bit or 64 bit). The package may have name in below format.

eclipse-java-neon-R-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz

 

After you have downloaded the correct package, extract the eclipse.XX.YY.tar.gz using

tar -zxvf eclipse.XX.YY.tar.gz

 

Copy the extracted folder to /opt

sudo cp -r eclipse.XX.YY /opt

 

Create a desktop file in the location /usr/share/applications and install it:

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

 

Copy following to the eclipse.desktop file.

[Desktop Entry]

Name=Eclipse

Type=Application

Exec=eclipse

Terminal=false

Icon=eclipse

Comment=Integrated Development Environment

NoDisplay=false

Categories=Development;IDE;

Name[en]=Eclipse

 

Give desktop file permission to be executed, run:

sudo chmod +x leafpad /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop

 

Run following command to automatically install it in the unity:

sudo desktop-file-install leafpad /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop

 

Create a symlink in /usr/local/bin using

cd /usr/local/bin

ln -s /opt/eclipse/eclipse

 

For an eclipse icon to be displayed in dash, eclipse icon can be added as

cp /opt/eclipse/icon.xpm /usr/share/pixmaps/eclipse.xpm

 

 

After this you should see Eclipse in Menu