How To Install Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Eclipse is a cross-platform, wildly popular Java integrated development environment (IDE) that you can easily install and manage your Java-based projects. It contains a base workspace and an extensible plug-in system for customizing the environment.

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 20.04 (Focal Fossa) server. You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • 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 Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

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

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Java.

Eclipse required a Java runtime environment to be installed on your system. Run the following commands to install Java:

sudo apt install openjdk-11-jdk

Verify the Java version on your machine:

java -version

Step 3. Installing Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 20.04.

After installing Java above, run the commands below to install Eclipse from Snap:

sudo snap install eclipse --classic

Step 4. Accessing Eclipse IDE.

Once installation is complete, go to the Activities dashboard, search for Eclipse and launch it:

Install Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 20.04

During the launch, Eclipse will ask you to set a Workplace. This will be the default location for your Eclipse to save files of your application’s build on Eclipse.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Eclipse. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Eclipse IDE in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossas 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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