Steps to Install & Setup Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Eclipse is a free & open source integrated development environment (IDE). It is used for JAVA application development & developing applications in various programming languages such as C, C++, Perl, PHP, Python, R,& Ruby. It is basically designed to build integrated web and application development tooling.

There are some steps to install & setup Eclipse IDE on ubuntu:

Step 1: Update the System.

apt-get update

Step 2: Install Java on system.

apt-get install default-jre

  • Check the Java version.

java -version

  • Here is the command output.

openjdk 11.0.11 2021-10-18
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 11.0.11+9-Ubuntu-0ubuntu2.20.04)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 11.0.11+9-Ubuntu-0ubuntu2.20.04, mixed mode, sharing)

Step 3: Download the Eclipse on system.


  • Here is the command output.

--2021-10-18 14:59:56--
Resolving (
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 51348026 (49M) [application/x-gzip]
Saving to: ‘eclipse-inst-linux64.tar.gz’
eclipse-inst-linux64.tar.gz 100%[===========================================================================================>] 48.97M 65.8KB/s in 13m 11s
2021-10-18 15:13:10 (63.4 KB/s) - ‘eclipse-inst-linux64.tar.gz’ saved [51348026/51348026]

  • Extract the Downloaded folder & move to /opt.

tar -xf eclipse-inst-linux64.tar.gz -C /opt

  • Change the Directory.

cd /opt/eclipse-installer

  • Launch the Eclipse on system.

sudo ./eclipse-inst

  • Here is the command output.

  • Select Eclipse IDE package.
  • Click on Eclipse IDE for Java Developers.

  • Click on Install.

  • Accept the Eclipse Foundation Software User Agreement.

  • Eclipse IDE for Java Developer is installing.

  • Click on Launch.

  • Once Installation is Done,Click on Launch.

  • Eclipse has been Ready for Launch.

  • Once Eclipse is Ready,then Select Create a New Java project.

  • Now,Create a Project or Java Project.

Step 4: Create a Eclipse Icon on system.

  • Create a file.

vim eclipse.desktop

  • Add the following lines:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Integrated Development Environment

  • Note: the paths in lines ‘Exec=‘ and ‘Icon=‘ are depended on  system.
  • To find the Eclipse path.

which eclipse

  • To Enable the Launch Icon.

chmod +x eclipse.desktop
mv eclipse.desktop /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop
mv eclipse.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/eclipse.desktop

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