Install Eclipse 4.5.2 (Mars.2) on Linux

Eclipse is a community for individuals and organizations who wish to collaborate on commercially-friendly open source software. Eclipse is a Free, open-source, cross platform integrated development environment (IDE) which is widely used for Java application development, also used for other program language development such as C, C++, COBOL, Fortran, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Prolog, Python & Ruby on Rails by installing Eclipse plugins. By default Eclipse is included most of the Linux distribution but the version of Eclipse is bit older compare with latest version. If you want to install latest version of Eclipse, you can install manually. The latest version of Eclipse (Mars.2) 4.5.2 released on February 26, 2016.
Note : Since Mars release, Eclipse community providing Eclipse Installer, It’s efficient way to install Eclipse and proper installer too. So no need to download and extract the zip files, with a self extracting. Still the zip packages are available for manual installation.

1) Prerequisites

Eclipse purely depends on JAVA, Make sure your system should have installed JAVA before proceeding Eclipse installation. Either openJDK or Oracle JAVA both will work with Eclipse.

[Checking JAVA Version]
# java -version
java version "1.7.0_95"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea 2.6.4) (7u95-2.6.4-0ubuntu0.15.10.1)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.95-b01, mixed mode)

2) Download & Launch Eclipse installer

Visit Eclipse download page and choose nearest mirror based on your country and download the Eclipse installer archive.

# wget http://mirrors.neusoft.edu.cn/eclipse/oomph/epp/mars/R2/eclipse-inst-linux64.tar.gz
# tar -zxvf eclipse-inst-linux64.tar.gz
# cd eclipse-installer
# ./eclipse-inst

3) Select the package to install

The new Eclipse Installer shows the packages available to Eclipse users. You can search for the package you want to install or scroll through the list. Select and click on the package you want to install.
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4) Select your installation folder

By default Eclipse will be installed user home directory. If you want to install specific location mention it according that. Select the ‘Install’ button to begin the installation.
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Installation under process.
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Accept Eclipse License.
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Trust Eclipse Certificates.
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5) Launch Eclipse

Once the installation is complete you can now launch Eclipse by clicking Launch button.
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Create a Workspace and choose the location. By default it will take user home directory.
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Eclipse Welcome page.
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To check Eclipse Version Help >> About Eclipse
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To Install plugin & Extension Help >> Marketplace
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Close Welcome screen, then you will get Eclipse project working area. Here you can start developing your own Java Application.
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6) Create Desktop Launcher

For source install & Eclipse installer we won’t get desktop launcher by default and we need to create manually. Create file under /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop and copy, past below content to create launcher for Eclipse.

# nano /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Eclipse 
Type=Application
Exec=/home/daygeek/eclipse/java-mars/eclipse/eclipse     # Mention you Execution Path location #
Terminal=false
Icon=/home/daygeek/eclipse/java-mars/eclipse/icon.xpm    # Mention Your Path #
Comment=Integrated Development Environment
NoDisplay=false
Categories=Development;IDE
Name[en]=eclipse.desktop

Enjoy..)

Magesh Maruthamuthu

Love to play with all Linux distribution