Since I always had trouble with the Eclipse version that is avaialable via the Ubuntu repositories I often need to install Elcipse on new machinery. Hence I am documenting the process for myself and hopefully it might help others as well.

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If you haven’t got the Java dependencies

Java dependencies install

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre openjdk-7-jdk icedtea-7-plugin

Eclipse download

Note: download link needs to be updated – current as of 2014-01-27

cd /tmp
tar -xzf eclipse-standard-luna-M4-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz
sudo mv eclipse/ /opt
rm -f eclipse-standard-luna-M4-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz

Create symlink

ln -s /opt/eclipse/eclipse /usr/bin/eclipse

Create application launcher

NOTE: (Edit 2014-01-27) as of Ubuntu 13.10 you need to change the ‘exec’ line in the desktop launcher to include “env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0” as you otherwise will not see any of the menu items in the top nav-bar.

sudo touch /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop
sudo echo "[Desktop Entry]" >> /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop
sudo echo "Version=4.2" >> /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop
sudo echo "Name=Eclipse" >> /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop
sudo echo "Comment=Integrated Development Environment" >> /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop
sudo echo "Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 /opt/eclipse/eclipse" >> /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop
sudo echo "Type=Application" >> /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop
sudo echo "Icon=/opt/eclipse/icon.xpm" >> /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop
sudo echo "Terminal=false" >> /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop
sudo echo "NoDisplay=false" >> /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop
sudo echo "Categories=Development;IDE" >> /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop
sudo update-desktop-database

Leo Gaggl

ict business owner specialising in mobile learning systems. interests: sustainability, internet of things, ict for development, open innovation, agriculture

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. RoboSparrow

    Thanks, this worked like a charm!
    There are some sudo’s missing but one can easy fix this in the terminal on-the-fly. I had actually to remove eclipse-platform 3.8.1-1ubuntu1 and then re-install, because the EGit plugin does not work with Eclipse 3.x.

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