I'm using Ubuntu 13.10 (with JDK 1.7.0_45).

I've downloaded and uncompressed Eclipse Kepler for Java EE Developers.

The software menus are messed up. I didn't notice similar problems in other software.

When I click any menu in Eclipse, the drop-down seems to be "cut". Sometimes the drop-down shows, but the options are invisible.

I tried Eclipse Indigo, but the same problem occurs.

  • I have the same problem but with Eclipse CDT, Also noticed then if I run eclipse using sudo the menus are fine.
    – kroiz
    Oct 19, 2013 at 19:26

6 Answers 6


How To solve Eclipse menu issues in Ubuntu 13.10

(Stable way, until someone fixes the bug)

This method takes for granted that you already have your eclipse.desktop file (or that you can alternatively create a new one from scratch). Otherwise, you can momentarily take a look at the "fast way" below.

  1. Open your eclipse.desktop file:

     sudo -H gedit /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop

(If you can't find it in this path, try in ~/.local/share/applications/eclipse.desktop. Otherwise, you could have to find yours using locate command).

  1. Replace the Exec= line with this:

     Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= eclipse

Where "eclipse" is the path to your eclipse executable. In this case it's just "eclipse" since there's a symlink in /usr/bin folder.

NOTE: If you can't find your eclipse.desktop file, you can simply create one from scratch in the above path, and fill it with these lines:

    [Desktop Entry] 
    Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= eclipse 
  1. Save the file.

Now you can run Eclipse from its icon as usual.

(Fast but repetitive way)

If you haven't got any eclipse.desktop file and you don't want to create it at the moment, you can simply run Eclipse with this command:


where "eclipse" is the path to your eclipse executable. Note that this is just the fast way to run Eclipse once. If you don't want to remember this command and use it every time you have to run Eclipse, follow the "stable way" above.

Or you can make an alias out of it

alias eclipse = 'UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= eclipse'

and the command eclipse will work fine.


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    This was a working fix for me but it has broken again and this doesn't solve it anymore Dec 17, 2013 at 8:21
  • @user1128171 It still works for me. Dec 17, 2013 at 9:32
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    @LuísdeSousa - running gedit will create the file anyway ;-)
    – Wilf
    Jan 19, 2014 at 11:18
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    @LuísdeSousa as wilf wrote, simply running sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop will create the eclipse.desktop file. Jan 19, 2014 at 15:54
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    Kurt, what is exactly the right content? Jan 20, 2014 at 7:27

I had the same problem, my laziest fix is

  1. Open a Gnome Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T Default Shortcut)
  2. Issue UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 eclipse.

Works for me.

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    this is the only solution that works for me. adding Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= eclipse to my eclipse.desktop file doesn't solve the problem for me on Ubuntu 13.10 :-(
    – Chris
    Mar 22, 2014 at 10:18
  • Didnt work in 14.04 Oct 4, 2014 at 8:29
  • @thefourtheye perhaps the workaround is really just for version 13.10 Oct 5, 2014 at 3:34
  • this is the only solution that worked for me. How to make this permanent ?
    – vigamage
    Apr 27, 2017 at 15:15

In my case there were two versions of the file in /usr/share/applications:


Either delete one of them, or change the Exec line in both of them as described above. The third version of the file is in the home folder:


You can either delete this last one or change the Exec line in this one too.

All you have to do is change the Exec line as follows:

Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= /path/to/eclipse/eclipse
  • Thanks for pointing me to ~/.local/share/applications/Eclipse.desktop Feb 7, 2014 at 0:30
  • Thank you. I edited my answer adding the ~/.local path. Mar 5, 2014 at 8:56
  • This was it! I was wondering why mt changes in the desktop file wasn't taking effect, it was all because of the .local version of the desktop file...
    – Deep-B
    Mar 23, 2014 at 18:39

You need to edit a file called eclipse.desktop to include the MENUPROXY option.

  • Depending on your install, this location will vary. To find it, type sudo find / -name eclipse.desktop.
  • Once you find the location, open up the file in your favorite editor. For me, this is vim, so I type sudo vim /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop (Note that your location may be different, see the first step.
  • When in the file, look for a line that looks something like this-> Exec=/opt/eclipse/eclipse. (Note that yours may just have the "eclipse" in there without the full path).
  • After finding that line, comment it out. Then add this line: Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= /opt/eclipse/eclipse (Edit as needed. If your install did not have the full path, or if it had a different path, adjust here). Note the space after MENUPROXY= . This is important. ` Start up Eclipse and enjoy menus on the top again.
  • I don't have a file like that, the terminal didn't return any results.
    – Jeroen
    Oct 26, 2013 at 18:49
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    @JeroenBollen You can create that file and fill it with the content I wrote in my post above (How To solve Eclipse menu issues in Ubuntu 13.10). Nov 13, 2013 at 8:48

You can try this : http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2181641&p=12819998#post12819998 The menu of Eclipse do not show in Unity Global Menu. Works with me.

  • Worked for me too but require executing from command line, also with CDT I eclipse would not recognize c++ and claims no available editor but that was fixed by deleting .metadata and restarting.
    – kroiz
    Oct 19, 2013 at 19:52
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    Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference.
    – kiri
    Feb 5, 2014 at 11:53

In my case the file didn't exist,

I had to create it in ~/.local/share/applications

just create eclipse.desktop containing

Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= path=/home/abali/apps/eclipse/eclipse Icon=/home/abali/apps/eclipse/icon.xpm

Don't forget to do

source eclipse.desktop

, then open eclipse and it just works.

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    What? source eclipse.desktop? Don't do this, it's completely unnecessary and may have unwanted effects.
    – kiri
    Jan 12, 2014 at 21:25

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