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Eclipse is an open-source IDE used for java application development. It also supports some other programming languages like PHP, Perl, Android, C/C++. Eclipse can run on Linux, Windows, and MacOS.

Here at LinuxAPT, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Linux Application development queries.

In this context, we shall look into how to install Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.


Different methods of Installing Eclipse IDE:

  • Eclipse IDE installation via Direct Download.
  • Eclipse IDE installation via Snap.


1. Eclipse IDE installation via Direct Download

Here, we will install the Eclipse IDE using the tar.gz package available at eclipse.org official website. This method helps you to install the latest version of Eclipse 2021-06 available at eclipse.org website. Follow the below steps to install Eclipse IDE on Linux Ubuntu.

i. In order to run Eclipse, you will first require JRE to be installed on your system. Use the command below to install JRE on your Ubuntu system:

$ sudo apt install default-jre

Enter your sudo password, and if a y/n prompt appears during installation, type y and press Enter.

ii. Download the Eclipse tar.gz package from the Eclipse website Downloads page or use the command below:

$ wget https://mirrors.ustc.edu.cn/eclipse/oomph/epp/2021-06/R/eclipse-inst-jre-linux64.tar.gz

The downloaded file will be in archive format.

iii. Extract the tar.gz archive using the command below:

$ sudo tar -xf eclipse-inst-jre-linux64.tar.gz

The archive will be extracted to a directory named eclipse-inst-jre-linux64

iv. Now to install Eclipse, first move inside the extracted directory using this command:

$ cd eclipse-installer/

Then use the command below to run the installer script:

$ ./eclipse-inst

After running the installer script, the following window will appear for you to choose the IDE package to install. Click the desired package to select it.

Now you can either specify an installation folder or leave the default folder selected. Then click the INSTALL button.

Then click Accept Now to agree with the license terms.

After the installation is completed, click Launch.

This will launch the Eclipse IDE application on your system.

After installation, you can launch Eclipse IDE from the Applications menu. Hit the super key and then search for the Eclipse using the search bar at the top.


2. Eclipse IDE installation via Snap

You can also install Eclipse IDE using the snap package. As of July 2021, the latest version of the Eclipse snap package is 2019-12. Follow the below steps to install Eclipse IDE on Linux Ubuntu:

i. First install snapd on your Ubuntu system using the command below:

$ sudo apt install snapd

Enter your sudo password, and if a y/n prompt appears during installation, type y and press Enter.

ii. Now install Eclipse using the command:

$ sudo snap install eclipse --classic

After installation, you can launch Eclipse IDE from the Applications menu. Hit the super key and then search for the Eclipse using the search bar at the top.

This will launch the IDE application on your system.


How to Uninstall Eclipse IDE from Ubuntu Linux System ?

If you need to uninstall Eclipse IDE for any reason, you can do it as follows:

If you have installed Eclipse IDE via the direct download method, you can remove it using the commands below:

$ sudo rm -r ~/.eclipse
$ sudo rm –r ~/ eclipse-workspace

If you have installed Eclipse IDE via snap, you can remove it using the command below:

$ sudo snap remove eclipse --classic


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