I need some help to set up the Eclipse Kepler 4.3 on Xubuntu, I whould like to do it by the command terminal. Which are the right commands?

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First of all, you need to check whether you have java installed on your system. You can check by using the command:

java -version

If java is not installed, then you should install it by doing

sudo apt-get install default-jre

Afterwards, download Eclipse from the download section of the official website (http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/). Remember to choose the correct package for your architecture (32bit or 64 bit). The package will have the name:




After you have downloaded the correct package, extract the eclipse.XX.YY.tar.gz using

tar -zxvf eclipse.XX.YY.tar.gz

switch to root user:

sudo -i

Copy the extracted folder to /opt

cp -r eclipse.XX.YY /opt

Create a desktop file in the location /usr/share/applications and install it:

gedit eclipse.desktop

Copy the following to the eclipse.desktop file.

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Integrated Development Environment

Give the desktop file permission to be executed, run:

chmod +x eclipse.desktop

Run the following command to automatically install it in the unity:

desktop-file-install eclipse.desktop

Create a symlink in /usr/local/bin using

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

For an eclipse icon to be displayed in dash, eclipse icon can be added as

cp /opt/eclipse/icon.xpm /usr/share/pixmaps/eclipse.xpm
  • Thanks a lot, I will do that... but is there any way to install everything from the command line?
    – user158373
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 3:14
  • Sorry I forgot to post the JDK install... If you not fussed about running OpenJDK then its easy to install this with : - apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk openjdk-7-jre Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 3:22
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    If you MUST have oracle / Sun java then take a look at this: - help.ubuntu.com/community/Java Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 3:24
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    You may want to edit your answer and add that.
    – Braiam
    Commented Sep 5, 2013 at 3:05
  • If you had Eclipse Indigo installed from Software Center, should you remove that before installing Kepler from source? I followed these instructions with Indigo still in the system. And when I launched Eclipse, Kepler came up not Indigo. So I am not sure if it is still a good ideo to remove Indigo from software center. Commented Jun 4, 2014 at 3:33

There' a bug that keeps the menu from working see https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity-gtk-module/+bug/1208019

the work around is to change one line in the eclipse.desktop file



Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= eclipse

Also I had to make the desktop executable before I did the desktop-file-install in order to make it work.


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