How to Install Eclipse on Ubuntu 20.04

Ubuntu 20.04 is a very popular operating system among application developers. Therefore, it is convenient to know how to install Eclipse on Ubuntu 20.04 using the official package.Eclipse

Eclipse is a complete and popular open-source IDE that specializes in Java. An IDE is a program that provides tools that help the programmer to write code in a given language. These tools include project management, code auto-completion, error highlighting, debugging, and more.

Well, Eclipse is a beast. It has many tools for development in various languages but where it stands out more is in Java.

The characteristics of Eclipse are the following:

  • Cross-platform
  • Easier IDE configuration
  • Improved theming and styling
  • Free and open source

And all the tools you can expect from an IDE.

Install Eclipse on Ubuntu 20.04

The best way to install Eclipse is through the official package, which you can download it from the website.

Download Eclipse on Ubuntu 20.04
Download Eclipse on Ubuntu 20.04

Once it is downloaded, decompress it and when you access the folder, run the installer.

Eclipse installer folder
Eclipse installer folder

Before running the installer, you have to install the Java JRE. You probably already have it, but it is better to be sure.

Open a terminal, and run:

sudo apt install openjdk-11-jre

When the installation is finished, double click on the installer to run it. This is the eclipse-inst file.

When you run it, you will see the following menu:

Eclipse menu installer
Eclipse menu installer

This menu tells you that Eclipse you want to install according to the programming language in which you will develop.

In this case, I will choose the first option since Eclipse’s specialty is Java. Although the process is similar for the rest of options.

As I have chosen Eclipse for Java, in the next window, the JDK path is configured. This folder is auto detected and there is no need to change it. Also, you can change the directory where Eclipse will be installed and if you want to create a new menu entry or a desktop shortcut. You can change this as you wish.

Configuring the installer
Configuring the installer

When you click on Install, you will see a screen where you will be shown the license terms.

License terms
License terms

Accepting the license terms will start the installation.

Installing Eclipse on Ubuntu 20.04
Installing Eclipse on Ubuntu 20.04

Then, when the installation is finished, click on the Launch button.

Launching Eclipse
Launching Eclipse

And then, you will have Eclipse installed and running.

Eclipse running
Eclipse running

Conclusion

Eclipse is fundamental in the development of many applications around the world. Although the main bastion of it is Java is also possible to use it to develop in other languages such as C + + or PHP.

Its powerful integration with services like Github or Gitlab makes it modern, stable, and ready to start working. In addition to all this, it is possible to extend its functionality even more, through add-ons.

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