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How to install a .tar.gz (or .tar.bz2) file?

I have downloaded eclipse-jee-juno-linux-gtk.tar.gz file, but i don't know how install it.

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  • Have you tried installing Eclipse from the "Ubuntu Software Center?" – user68186 Sep 28 '12 at 17:40
  • yes but the eclipse is not for web development. – Qafqaz Qafqaz Sep 28 '12 at 17:43

It is easy, just extract it. You can do right click extract here or in the terminal

tar -zxvf eclipse-jee-juno-linux-gtk.tar.gz

You will see the eclipse file in the folder double click it and that is all.

You can also use a normal GUI for this as well, So in most cases its a simple as right clicking on the file and selecting "Extract" or similar..

But as a further note, You generally do not want to have your applications sitting in your user directory/desktop/downloads... You shold move the extracted folder depending on your distro and then link via a normal menu icon/entry.

Else one day you might decide to empty your downloads folder and delete your installation/custom settings... and possibly projects for some who dont pay attention to folder/locations.


Just decompress the downloaded file in the folder you want (can be /opt/eclipse)

To decompress it, you can do it via command line:

tar -zxvf eclipse-jee-juno-linux-gtk.tar.gz

Or from your folder

Right click on the file / extract here / move it where you want to install it

Then, you can add a shortcut to your desktop or add it to your Applications' menu doing:

Right click in Applications/Edit Menus
Go to your prefered section (usually programming)
New Item / Browse to /opt/eclipse/eclipse (if you installed it there)

Good luck!

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