Provides all the steps required to install Eclipse for Java Development on the popular Linux Distribution - Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. It also shows how to create the Hello World Java Project and to print Hello Java on the console.

How To Install Eclipse For Java Development On Ubuntu
How To Install Eclipse For Java Development On Ubuntu
September 07, 2019

Eclipse is the most popular IDE used for Java application development. The other popular options for Java development include IntelliJ IDEA and NetBeans.

Notes: It assumes that Java is already installed on the system. You may also be interested in How To Install OpenJDK 12 On Ubuntu and How To Install Java 11 On Ubuntu. You can also follow How To Install IntelliJ IDEA for Java on Ubuntu to install IntelliJ IDEA on the popular Debian based Linux distribution - Ubuntu.

Download Eclipse For Java

Open the Eclipse Packages Page to view the various Eclipse packages distributed by the Eclipse community. It lists the Java packages as shown in Fig 1.

Eclipse Packages

Fig 1

Eclipse IDE for Enterprise Java Development and Eclipse IDE for Java Developers are the popular Java packages distributed by the Eclipse Foundation. I will cover the installation of Eclipse IDE for Java Developers and creating the Hello World Project to print Hello Java !! on the console.

Click on the link Eclipse IDE for Java Developers to view the description, features, and download options as shown in Fig 2.

Eclipse Java Details

Fig 2

Click on the Linux 64-bit Link to view the download locations for Eclipse For Java Developers as shown in Fig 3.

Eclipse Java Download Locations

Fig 3

Click on the Download Button to start the download.

Install Eclipse For Java Developers

In this step, we will install Eclipse for Java as downloaded by us in the previous step. Extract the Eclipse file downloaded by us to the preferred location. It should be similar to the one as shown in Fig 4.

Eclipse Java Files

Fig 4

Create Desktop Shortcut

In this step, we will install the GNOME panel and use the same to create a desktop shortcut to execute the Eclipse installed by us in previous steps.

# Refresh Package indexes
sudo apt-get update

# Install GNOME Panel
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel

# Create Desktop icon
gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new

Now configure the Eclipse installation as shown in Fig 5. We will use the Eclipse icon available in the root of the installation directory.

Eclipse Java Shortcut

Fig 5

Provide name and description of the shortcut as shown in Fig 5. Now click on the Browse Button and navigate to the installation directory of the Eclipse. Choose the executable file as the command option as shown in Fig 5.

Press the OK Button to create the shortcut. The above-mentioned commands will create a desktop shortcut icon so that we can execute Eclipse without navigating to the installation directory. It might ask for security permission for the first time as shown in Fig 6, when you will execute Eclipse using the desktop launcher icon.

Eclipse Java Permission

Fig 6

Click on the Trust and Launch Button to launch the IDE for the first time.

Execute Eclipse and Configure Workspace

In this step, we will execute the Eclipse and configure the workspace. A workspace is a collection of projects and arrangement of the development IDE.

Start Eclipse by either clicking the executable file from installation path or the desktop shortcut icon created by us. It will show the splash screen and show the dialog to choose workspace as shown in Fig 7.

Eclipse Java Workspace

Fig 7

Make sure that you have kept the checkbox to choose workspace at start of Eclipse as unchecked so that we can select a different workspace at the start of Eclipse.

Now click on the Launch Button to launch the Eclipse IDE with the selected workspace. It might ask to overwrite the workspace in case it was created by previous Eclipse installation as shown in Fig 8.

Eclipse Java Upgrade Workspace

Fig 8

Click on the Continue Button. The Eclipse will show the welcome screen as shown in Fig 9.

Eclipse Java Welcome

Fig 9

Close the Welcome Screen. The default workspace looks like the one shown in Fig 10.

Eclipse Java Workspace Panels

Fig 10

Hello World Project

In this step, we will create the Hello World Project and print Hello Java !! on Console. Click on File -> New -> Java Project to start creating the project. It will show the Create Java Project Wizard as shown in Fig 11.

Eclipse Java Project Details

Fig 11

Click on the Next Button to continue with Project Java Settings as shown in Fig 12.

Eclipse Java Project Settings

Fig 12

Now click on the Finish Button to create the Project. It will also ask to create the Module as shown in Fig 13.

Eclipse Java Module

Fig 13

I have skipped creating the module as part of this tutorial. Finally, it will create the project and show it on the Projects Panel as shown in Fig 14.

Eclipse Java Project Defaults

Fig 14

Now we will create the java file HelloJava.java. Right-click on the src folder, select New and click on Class option to start creating the Java class file. It will show the New Java Class Dialog as shown in Fig 15.

Eclipse Java Class File

Fig 15

Click on the Finish Button to create the Java Class using the class package as shown in Fig 15.

Eclipse Java Class File Defaults

Fig 16

Now update the HelloJava class as shown in Fig 17.

Eclipse Java Class File Updated

Fig 17

Now right click on the HelloJava.java File -> Run As -> Java Application to compile and execute the program. It will show the output on Console as shown in Fig 18.

Eclipse Java Output

Fig 18

This is how we can install Eclipse for Java Developers on the Ubuntu systems and to create the project and execute Java programs.

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