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Eclipse Installation on Ubuntu 16.04 / 14.04 LTS

Eclipse is a free well know IDE (Integrated Development Environment). It is used by many developers all over the world for coding their application(s). Eclipse is developed in Java, But it can be used for programming application in C/C++, COBOL, Fortran, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby on Rail etc. Eclipse is a cross platform application that works fine on Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX.

It offers a base workspace and an extensible plugin system for customization. The first version of eclipse was released in June 2004. Everything in eclipse is a plugin so it is very easy to extend the functionality of eclipse. Eclipse provides free and paid third party plugins available to customize the functionality of eclipse.

Eclipse Installation on Ubuntu

Eclipse Installation on ubuntu is not a very complex process. Since eclipse is based on JAVA so JDK/JRE must be installed on your system. Make sure JDK is installed on your system. If JDK is not installed on your system run the following command as root.

This will take sometime to install JDK on your system.

Once JDK installation is complete download eclipse according to your system architecture i.e 32bit or 64bit.

Once the download is complete extract the eclipse files

In my case eclipse is  eclipse-java-neon-3-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz. This might vary in your case unzip the appropriate file.

Now move eclipse to the opt partition by executing the following command.

Now open file manager Eclipse Installation on Ubuntu

Now open the file named eclipse.

Since the eclipse is installed on our system but it can only be accessed by executing the file named eclipse in /opt/eclipse. To let it be easily approached from search menu follow these steps.

Create a desktop file in /usr/share/applications/ by executing the gedit command
This will open a new blank file copy and paste this code in it.
Save this file now and execute the following command to install this desktop file on your ubuntu system.
As last step of the install, go to /usr/local/bin and create eclipse symlink, following two commands should take care of this:
Now search for eclipse.

Eclipse Installed

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