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Sunday, July 20, 2014

How to install Eclipse Luna (4.4) on Ubuntu

Installing Eclipse

  1. Download Eclipse from here;
  2. Extract it. You will end up having a folder named eclipse, copy it;



  3. Press CTRL + ALT + T to open Terminal;
  4. Type the command:
    sudo nautilus
    and then insert your password;



  5. Browse to /opt/ and paste the extracted folder there.


Creating a shortcut

  1. Press CTRL + ALT + T to open Terminal;
  2. Type:
    sudo ln -s /opt/eclipse/eclipse /usr/bin/eclipse
    sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop
  3. After these commands, gedit (ubuntu's default text editor) should have opened. Copy this and paste it there:
    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=Eclipse
    Type=Application
    Exec=/opt/eclipse/eclipse
    Terminal=false
    Icon=/opt/eclipse/icon.xpm
    Comment=Integrated Development Environment
    NoDisplay=false
    Categories=Development;IDE;
    Name[en]=Eclipse
    X-Desktop-File-Install-Version=0.22


  4. Save the text file and close gedit;
  5. This should have successfully created a shortcut. You may have to log off and back in for it to show up.


9 comments:

  1. Great. This was really helpful for me. Thanks!

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  2. great and it works as a charm.
    thanks a lot

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  3. I finished all these steps but the shortcut doesn't appear !!!

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    1. quoting from above: "This should have successfully created a shortcut. You may have to log off and back in for it to show up."
      if it still does not show up, review the required steps.. you probably skipped something

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  4. We can create as many desktop entry for eclipse various version.
    For eclipse luna
    change the folder name to eclipse_luna which is extracted.

    sudo ln -s /opt/eclipse/eclipse /usr/bin/eclipse
    And create eclipse_luna desktop entry in /usr/share/applications/
    sudo touch eclipse_luna.desktop /usr/share/applications/
    sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/eclipse_luna.desktop
    and then change the file as per following.
    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=Eclipse
    Type=Application
    Exec=/opt/eclipse_luna/eclipse
    Terminal=false
    Icon=/opt/eclipse_luna/icon.xpm
    Comment=Integrated Development Environment
    NoDisplay=false
    Categories=Development;IDE;
    Name[en]=Eclipse_Luna
    X-Desktop-File-Install-Version=0.22

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  5. its helpfull but its long, does anyone know how to install via PPA,

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  6. Great. Works fine and super clear explanation.

    Many thanks...

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  7. I finished all steps but the eclipse is not shown in search. But when i look all my desktop icon in usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop and open with right click error(There was an error launching the application) I googled it and find some java exec path issue. please help

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