Eclipse is the most commonly used Java built-in programming environment (IDE). It is easy to use via plugins. Its versions are available for development in other programming language platforms like C++, JavaScript, and PHP.

The Eclipse installation kit (version 3.8.1) included in the Ubuntu repository is out of date. The best way to update the new Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 18.04 is to use the snappy packaging system.

Install the Eclipse

The new stable edition of Eclipse is Eclipse 2019-03, is available now:

To install Eclipse on your Ubuntu system, follow the following steps:

Java Install

Since Eclipse is an IDE based on Java, you will need the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to be installed to run it.

Run the commands below to install the Java opensource update.

sudo apt update
Sudo apt configuration default-JRE

Java JRE has to be mounted.

Download and install the Eclipse Snap kit to your machine by typing:

sudo snap install --classic Eclipse

When you install Eclipse successfully, you should see the following output:

eclipse 2019-03 from Snapcrafters installed

Eclipse Manually Install

The steps below should be helpful for those who want to install Eclipse manually. You’ll be using the regular Eclipse installer to install the app.

Firstly, to download the installer, go to the page below.

Or you can use the download and extract commands below.

Run the following commands to remove the downloaded file from your Home Directory Downloads folder.

tar xfz ~/Downloads/eclipse-inst-linux64.tar.gz


~/Downloads/eclipse-installer/eclipse-install installer

You will start the installation wizard with the second instruction.

Pick the tools and language that you want to create.

Eclipse Begins

You can now open Eclipse on your Ubuntu device by clicking on the Eclipse icon (Activities -> Eclipse):

A window like this will appear when you start Eclipse for the first time, asking you to pick a Workspace directory:

The default directory ought to be all right. To proceed, press Launch.


On your Ubuntu 18.04 computer, now you have learned how to install Eclipse. You can start working on your project in Java now.

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