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I want to open all the .java files with Eclipse to edit instead of gedit. I tried the open with menu but eclipse isn't listed there. How to I get this done? I'm using Ubuntu Gnome 13.04 edition. I have not installed Eclipse using apt-get but have downloaded eclipse as a part of ADT-BUNDLE (Tools for Android Development).

I would like to a general method to select other program for running a file that is not listed in Other Applications as there is an option in Windows for browse to any other program.

  • Do you have Eclipse installed using apt-get or you downloaded the package from the webpage? – Leo Jun 28 '13 at 16:28
  • @LeopoldoPla I edited the post so that it's visible to all – meteors Jun 28 '13 at 16:33
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In terminal write:

gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop

Then paste and modify this text:

[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Type=Application
Name=Eclipse
Comment=Configurable and extensible IDE
Exec=/opt/eclipse/eclipse %F
Icon=/opt/eclipse/icon.xpm
Terminal=false
X-MultipleArgs=false
Categories=Development;IDE;GTK;
StartupNotify=true

Save and close the file. If needed modify Exec and Icon paths, according to where you have Eclipse executable and its icon. I have it in /opt/eclipse. You need to leave %F after exec path.

After it's done, right-click desired file and choose open with (or something similar). Find eclipse and it's done.

More details: Add Program to List of Applications in “Open With” When Right-Clicking Files in Nautilus.

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