i installed Netbeans on Ubuntu 11.10 following these instructions: http://pasindudps.blogspot.com/2011/10/installing-netbeans-ide-in-ubuntu-1110.html.

It worked perfectly fine (creating projects, open projects, compile, run...) but after restarting netbeans started normally and it is shown as a running application in unity-panel but I can't access the programm.

I uninstalled and reinstalled it, it worked once but failed after restart.

Has anyone an idea what might be the problem here?

Thanks in advance. Regards

  • Possible permission problem, what happens when you run from terminal might show you an error?
    – squareborg
    Apr 13, 2012 at 15:40
  • Adding information to the previous comment: open a terminal (CTRL+ALT+T), type cd netbeans*/bin, then type ./start and check for any useful message. Maybe netbeans runs correctly but starts minimized for some reason, maybe it's a java-related problem (you can check your java version by running in a terminal: java -version)
    – Eti
    Apr 13, 2012 at 16:10
  • thanks for you help. i tried to run netbeans from terminal, no errors occured. it started normally, is shown as active programm in unity-starter but i can't access it. java version is 1.6.0_23.
    – Matthias
    Apr 17, 2012 at 13:20
  • Have you found a solution for this?
    – AntonioCS
    Jul 19, 2012 at 9:23
  • I did sudo su and then ran netbeans. It worked so it must be some config for my normal user
    – AntonioCS
    Jul 19, 2012 at 9:27

2 Answers 2


I changed




in netbeans-7.1/etc/netbans.conf on Ubuntu 12.04

It worked.

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    didn't work either. tried every jdk i've installed. but thanks anyways.
    – Matthias
    Apr 25, 2012 at 16:38

Install from software center, and tell us if is it working. Always you can, install preferably from software center =)

  • Netbeans is not present in the 11.x repositories (anymore?). My bet would be the fact that Oracle is sponsoring the project. It's a true shame, since Netbeans is relatively superior compared to Eclipse in terms of stability & performance, deployment, and ease of use.
    – Eti
    Apr 13, 2012 at 16:08
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    Very sorry for my answer, I'm in ubuntu 12.04 and it is present and I figured that will be present in 11.10. Apr 13, 2012 at 16:21
  • You don't have to be sorry, especially if Netbeans is present in 12.04! That's some good news here! :) I did explicitely mention Ubuntu 11.x in my comment however, because I haven't taken a look at Ubuntu 12.04 yet.
    – Eti
    Apr 13, 2012 at 19:05
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    oh, I encourage you to try ubuntu 12.04, is still in beta, but it's stable enough for me Apr 13, 2012 at 20:16
  • I'm impatient, but I do want to wait for the final release. I can't take the risk of running into bugs while working. :)
    – Eti
    Apr 14, 2012 at 11:39

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