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?


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
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  • Thanks a lot, I will do that... but is there any way to install everything from the command line? – user158373 Aug 26 '13 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 – AngryWombat Aug 26 '13 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 – AngryWombat Aug 26 '13 at 3:24
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    You may want to edit your answer and add that. – Braiam Sep 5 '13 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. – JohnMerlino Jun 4 '14 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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