Eclipse is well known Integrated Development Environment or in short an IDE, that is used for the programming. Though it is mainly used as JAVA IDE but it provides IDE (with the help of plugins) for almost every computer language including Python, C, C++, Ruby, PHP, Perl, Ada, COBOL etc .

Eclipse provides support for a large number of plugins, which users can download from Eclipse Marketplace, to extend the capabilities of Eclipse further.

In this tutorial, we are going to discuss how we can install Eclipse on Linux systems (CentOS/RHEL, Ubuntu/Debian, Fedora etc). So let’s start with the Eclipse pre-requisites,

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We will need Java to be installed on our systems for using Eclipse as Java IDE. We can use either Oracle JDK or OpenJDK for this. Install java with the following commands on the respective system,

$ sudo yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk

$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk

$ dnf install java-1.8.0-openjdk.x86_64

You can also read our detailed tutorials for installing Java on CentOS/RHEL & Ubuntu operating systems.

Install Eclipse

Once we have installed java on the system, we will move ahead with eclipse installation. Eclipse is available on the official website as a tar/zip folder & we need to download it onto our system. We will be downloading the latest version of Eclipse, which at the time of writing this tutorial is ‘Eclipse Oxygen.2’ (4.7.2) . So open the terminal & execute the following command to download eclipse,

For 32 bit systems
$ wget

For 64 bit systems
$ wget

After the download has been completed, we will extract the package to a ‘/usr’ directory (it can be another directory also),

$ tar –zxvf eclipse-jee-oxygen-2-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz –C /usr/

That’s it, we now have eclipse installed & ready to work. To start eclipse, goto ‘/usr/eclipse’ directory & run the eclipse,

$ cd /usr/eclipse
$ eclipse

Or we can also create a link to system executable to /usr/bin to start eclipse from terminal from any location. To create the link, execute the following command from terminal,

$ ln –s /usr/eclipse/eclipse /usr/bin/eclipse

After this, we can start the eclipse by just writing ‘eclipse’ from terminal from any location on system.

$ eclipse

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Create a workspace & get started with java development,

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That’s it guys, with this we end our tutorial on how to install Eclipse on Linux systems. Please feel free to send in any question/query or a suggestion using the comment box below.

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