HOW-TO: Download and setup eclipse on linux

May 1st, 2006

Most of the how-to’s I will do on the site will be based on using Eclipse as the development environment. So, I figured it might be helpful to start with a how-to on downloading and settinp up ecplise. As I am on linux, the setup instructions will be based on that environment.

If you have trouble getting eclipse to work, feel free to post, even if it is on a different environment. The setup is pretty simple. Most of the time, when there is trouble, it usually has to do with JAVA_HOME not being set OR set to a pre 1.4.x JVM.
Step 1: Fire up your browser and go to

STEP 2: Click on the Download now: Eclipse SDK (Version #) link

STEP 3: Click on an of the download links

STEP 4: Click “Save As..” to save it to your dowload directory.

STEP 5: Open a folder to your download directory, right-click and select Ark. If you are on windows, open this with winzip.

Step 6: Press the extract button. Extract all files to /home/[user]/bin. In the example here, I am setting up eclipse on the user account I have setup on my box that I will do ruby development on.

STEP 7: Click OK to extract. At this point eclipse is now ready to run. Open the folder /home/[user]/bin/eclipse. Click on the eclipse icon. If it has problems launching, check your JAVA_HOME. Make sure it is pointing to a post 1.4.x JVM. If there are still issues, check /home/[user]/bin/eclipse/configuration for log files.

STEP 8: I usually stick with the default for the workspace. If you do not like the default, select a directory where you want eclipse to store your project data.

STEP 8: Not really a step, but just wanted to put this here so you knew to expect this first welcome screen. Go ahead and press the arrow in the upper right hand corner to go to the workbench.

That’s it! You are now ready to create your first eclipse project. I will have future articles on how to configure eclipse for servlet development, and ruby on rails development.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mikesty  |  May 2nd, 2006 at 7:32 pm

    Great, except I’m running Windoze 😛

  • 2. sonjaya  |  May 2nd, 2006 at 11:14 pm

    The steps are pretty much the same for Windows. Just run winzip instead of ark.

    Extract the zip to whatever directory you want eclipse to live in (like C:…/Program Files).

    If you are on windows, make sure you have a JDK installed AND that it is version 1.4.x or higher. Let me know if you need help setting that up.

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