Eclipse is leading open source development environments for Java, with support for JEE and JME development and entire ecosystem of plugins that makes it suitable for any software development task.
At the moment of writing, Ubuntu repositories contain Eclipse 3.2.2 while latest release is version 3.4.1. If one wants to stay current with Eclipse version, it has to be installed manually.
Note: manually installed Eclipse will not be managed by apt, Debian package managing tool, so user has to take care of updates.
When installing from distributable archives, Eclipse has only dependency – Java JDK. In this example I will use Sun JDK. To verify which Java has been installed, type in terminal:
To install it Sun’s JDK ver 6, issue the following command:
apt-get install sun-java6-jdk
Eclipse, both 32 and 64 bit can be downloaded from
In this example, we’ll install Eclipse Ganymede 3.4.1. Please verify current version when installing it and adjust URLs and commands accordingly.
When download finishes, we’ll uncompress the archive. Here I suppose that archive is saved in user’s home directory. If file name changed since moment of writing, modify command line accordingly.
tar -xzvf eclipse-jee-ganymede-SR1-linux-gtk.tar.gz
This will create directory /home/[USER_NAME]/eclipse
switch to the eclipse directory:
and start eclipse:
If you would like to start Eclipse in background, type
nohup ./eclipse &
That’s it – Eclipse is ready to use. You could add Eclipse to the programs menu, so that in future you don’t need to start Eclipse from command line.