How To Install Eclipse Luna on Ubuntu 14.04

Install Eclipse Luna on Ubuntu 14.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Eclipse Luna on Ubuntu 14.04. For those of you who didn’t know, Eclipse is an open-source and free multi-language and multi-platform (Windows, Linux, and Mac) software development program that is used to build JAVA-based web applications. It is written in Java program and can be used to develop Java-based applications and other various plugins, including languages like C, C++, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby and Rails framework, and much more.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Eclipse Luna on Ubuntu 14.04.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 14.04.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Eclipse Luna on Ubuntu 14.04

Step 1. First, Install Java required packages.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk

Step 2. Download Eclipse Luna.

Download the latest eclipse package. This guide uses Eclipse IDE for the Java Developers version. Other popular versions are Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers and Eclipse for PHP Developers. Select also 32-bit or 64-bit version depending on your system:

tar -zxvf eclipse-java-luna-SR1-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz -C /opt

Making a Symlink:

sudo ln -s /opt/eclipse/eclipse /usr/local/bin/

Step 3. Create a desktop launcher.

Create a new file eclipse.desktop in /usr/share/applications/ and add the below code:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Integrated Development Environment

Now install that desktop file using the below command:

sudo desktop-file-install /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop

For the Eclipse icon to be displayed in the dash, run the following command:

sudo cp /opt/eclipse/icon.xpm /usr/share/pixmaps/eclipse.xpm

Install Eclipse Luna on Ubuntu 14.04

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Eclipse. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Eclipse Luna on Ubuntu 14.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Eclipse website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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