How To Install Kotlin Compiler on Ubuntu 16.04

Install Kotlin Compiler on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Kotlin Compiler on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Kotlin is a new statically typed language from JetBrains. JetBrains is famous for its popular Java IDE IntelliJ. Kotlin was recently open-sourced and the compiler was made accessible through Github. This article will reveal the steps necessary to build and install the compiler and run a program.

Kotlin is a completely supported programming language by Google on Android and can be directly included in the Android Studio 3.0 IDE package as an alternative to the standard Java compiler.

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 the Kotlin programming language on an 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 useror 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 Kotlin Compiler on Ubuntu 16.04

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 Kotlin Programming Language.

An easier way to install Kotlin on UNIX-based systems is by using SDKMAN!. Simply run the following in a terminal and follow any instructions:

curl -s | bash

Next, open a new terminal and install Kotlin with:

sdk install kotlin

Then, carry out this command additionally to add sdkman to your path:

source "$HOME/.sdkman/bin/"

To test whether the Kotlin has successfully installed in your machine, launch another terminal and start executing the below command:

kotlinc -version

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Kotlin. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Kotlin programming language on your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Kotlin website.

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