How To Install Kotlin Compiler on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Kotlin Compiler on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Kotlin Compiler on Ubuntu 20.04 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 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 Compiler on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa. 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, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • 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 Kotlin Compiler 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
sudo apt install snapd

Step 2. Installing Kotlin Compiler on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install Kotlin using Snap package.

The simplest and easiest way to install Kotlin in Ubuntu is to use the official Kotlin snap package. run the following command to install Kotlin:

sudo snap install kotlin --classic
  • Install Kotlin Manually on Ubuntu.

You can manually install Kotlin using SDKMAN:

curl -s | bash
sdk install kotlin

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


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Kotlin. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Kotlin programming language on your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Kotlin 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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