Install Eclipse manually offline in Ubuntu 14.04

How to install Eclipse java editor in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS manually after downloading Eclipse from the website. This is a guide for offline installation of Eclipse software.

Process 1)

1) Extract the eclipse-linux-gtk.tar.gz using a terminal window in Ubuntu.

$ tar  -zxvf   eclipse-linux-gtk.tar.gz

2) Using the root user you use the following command from a terminal window. Copy the extracted folder named  eclipse to /opt directory. you can rename the folder from eclipse to any name you want.

$ sudo   mv   eclipse   /opt

3) Create a desktop file using the following command:

$ gedit  eclipse.desktop

4) Copy the following to the eclipse.desktop file. Then save the file.

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 eclipse44
Comment=Integrated Development Environment
Name[en]=Eclipse Luna Java SE

5) Then execute the following command to automatically install it in the unity, from the terminal window.

$ sudo desktop-file-install eclipse.desktop

6) Create a symlink in /usr/local/bin using the following command run from a terminal

$ sudo   ln   -s   /opt/eclipse/eclipse   /usr/local/bin/eclipse44

7) To display eclipse icon in dash board, run the following command

$ sudo  cp   /opt/eclipse/icon.xpm   /usr/share/pixmaps/eclipse.xpm

Process (2)

1) download the tar.gz file from Extract it by executing a command line

tar  -xzf  eclipse-linux-gtk.tar.gz


By using the Archive Manager. Double click on the eclipse-linux-gtk.tar.gz file , which is a basically archive file. It will show up a Eclipse folder , just drag it in the desktop or anywhere you like.

2) then move the extracted “eclipse” folder to /opt/ folder

mv eclipse /opt/
sudo chown -R root:root /opt/eclipse
sudo chmod -R +r /opt/eclipse

3) Create an eclipse executable in your user path, a batch file & provide the batch file permission using the chmod command. touch is a command to create the file.

sudo touch /usr/bin/eclipse
sudo chmod 755 /usr/bin/eclipse

Create a file named “eclipse” in “/usr/bin/” folder with your editor like vi or edit –

Copy the follwong 3 lines into the batch file and save it.

export ECLIPSE_HOME=”/opt/eclipse”
$ECLIPSE_HOME/eclipse   $*

4) Create a Gnome menu item. First Create a file named eclipse.desktop in /usr/share/applications/ folder then inside the file eclipse.desktop type the following lines with your preferred editor (gedit) & save it.

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Eclipse IDE

5) Then Launch Eclipse from command line like the following.

/opt/eclipse/eclipse -clean &

You can Lock Eclipse to the launcher bar by clicking right button on Lock to Launcher.

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