Eclipse is perhaps the most common IDE to play with for beginners. It offers a great user interface, has a ton of helpful features that let you up to speed in no time and is compatible with quite a lot of programming languages.
It is not only good at creating applications but also has a host of useful features that’ll help you be more productive. There are even inbuilt GUI builders that help a lot with things like charting, modelling, testing etc.
In this article, we show you how to install Eclipse on your Linux distro so you can get up and running in no time.
Installing Eclipse on Linux
Installing the IDE is actually quite simple, but there are a couple of things you need to take care of first.
Eclipse requires JDK 8 or above installed to function properly. The quickest way to do so is to install JDK using a third-party PPA. However, we recommend doing a proper Java installation with the latest update of Java.
You can refer to this article for instructions on how to install Java – java Linux link
Should you decide to go with the quick approach, here’s how
Fire up a terminal and enter these commands:
Step 1: Adding the PPA to your repository list
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
Step 2: Installing JDK
sudo apt install oracle-java8-installer
This will download and start the JDK 8 installer. Simply follow along and make sure that JDK8 is set as default. You can check the JDK version by typing javac -version in the terminal.
Step 3: Set JDK as default
sudo apt install oracle-java8-set-default
Now that you’ve installed Java, we can move on to installing Eclipse.
Step 1: Head over to the Eclipse website and download the installer.
Step 2: Extract the downloaded package to the /opt/ directory as follows
sudo tar -xvzf ~[directory where you’ve downloaded the archive]
Step 3: Open up a new terminal to create a shortcut file for Eclipse
In the gedit, type in the following
Comment=Integrated Development Environment
Save and close the gedit.
Step 4: Enter the following command in the terminal to install Eclipse
sudo desktop-file-install eclipse.desktop
Also read: How to check the OS version in Linux?