I don't think this question is a duplicate, as the other question-askers that have reported this issue installed Eclipse using the command-line rather than the Eclipse installer.

I've been having issues with my Eclipse Neon installation and so I want to try a reinstall. I'm not sure how to do this, though, as I used the installer to install Eclipse so something like:

sudo apt-get autoremove eclipse
rm -r ~/.eclipse/

Doesn't seem to work. The installer doesn't seem to have an uninstall option either, so I'm not sure what to do (I'm a Ubuntu noobie if you haven't guessed).


Eclipse doesn't have a traditional install or uninstall process. Only a folder of an application is created plus the workspace which you created. If you used the Eclipse Installer, you may also have a bundle pool folder named .p2 under your user home directory. There can also be .eclipse in your user home. Other than that, there shouldn't be anything Eclipse-related. Uninstalling is just removing those folders.

Based on comments from Eclipse Community Forums


Eclipse provides two installation methods:

  • Oomph based installer
  • Good old-fashioned complete tar-ball

I've had serious issues with the first method, the second works much better. I recommend to download from this page, choose a flavor that's appropriate for you. If you're not sure, go for the first one, "Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers".

  • How can I get rid of the Eclipse version I installed using the Oomph based installer? Can I just delete the folder? Not sure what I need to do in Ubuntu to safely get rid of everything. – Adam Jan 6 '17 at 22:13
  • You can simply delete the folder where it was installed. – janos Jan 6 '17 at 22:28

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