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How To Install Eclipse IDE on Linux Mint 20

Install Eclipse IDE on Linux Mint 20

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Eclipse IDE on Linux Mint 20. For those of you who didn’t know, Eclipse provides IDEs (Integrated Development Environment) and platforms for nearly every language and architecture. We are famous for our Java IDE, C/C++, JavaScript, and PHP IDEs built on extensible platforms for creating desktop, Web, and cloud IDEs. These platforms deliver the most extensive collection of add-on tools available for software developers.

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 IDE on a Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • 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 IDE on Linux Mint 20 Ulyana

Step 1. Before running the tutorial below, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install software-properties-common

Step 2. Installing Java.

Eclipse IDE requires Java installed on your Linux Mint system. Now, install Java OpenJDK 11 by executing the following command:

sudo apt install openjdk-11-jdk

Verify the installation of Java on your system:

java -version

Step 3. Installing Eclipse IDE on Linux Mint 20.

Now we download the latest available Eclipse IDE from the official page:

sudo tar -zxvf eclipse-java-2021-06-R-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz -C /usr/

Next, symlink the eclipse executable to /usr/bin the path so that all users on your machine can able to run and use Eclipse IDE:

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

Step 4. Create Eclipse Launcher Icon.

Having a launcher icon on the menu would be very handy to start the application right from the desktop instead of using the command-line tool:

sudo nano /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop

Add the following lines:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Eclipse IDE
Comment=Eclipse IDE

Save and close.

Step 5. Accessing Eclipse IDE on Linux Mint.

Once successfully installed, launch eclipse through the desktop. Click on the application menu from the left bottom of the window in LinuxMint distribution. Now, type ‘eclipse’ in the search bar.

Install Eclipse IDE on Linux Mint 20

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Eclipse. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of Eclipse IDE on the Linux Mint 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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