How To Install Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, 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 IDE on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
  • 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 IDE on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Java.

We need to install Java 8 and above. Run the following commands to complete this task:

apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk

Verify the Java version on your machine:

java -version

Step 3. Installing Eclipse IDE.

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:

### 32 Bit ###
curl -O

### 64 Bit ###
curl -O

Extract the Eclipse package to your desired directory:

tar -zxvf eclipse-java-oxygen-R-linux-gtk*.tar.gz -C /usr/

Making a Symlink:

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

Step 4. Create Eclipse desktop launcher.

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

nano /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop

Add the following content in the above file:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Eclipse 4.7
Comment=Eclipse Oxygen

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-dash, run the following command:

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

Install Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Eclipse. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Eclipse IDE in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus 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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