How To Install Eclipse IDE on Linux Mint 20 / Linux Mint 19

Install Eclipse IDE on Linux Mint 20
Install Eclipse IDE on Linux Mint 20

Eclipse is a well-known, widely used IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for developing Java applications and also developing applications in COBOL, Ada, C, C++, Perl, PHP, Python, R, Ruby, Clojure, Scala, Groovy, and Scheme.

Eclipse is written in C and Java and released under Eclipse Public License. It includes development environments for Eclipse JDT for Java, Eclipse CDT for C/C++ and Eclipse PDT for PHP, among others.

With the plugins available in Eclipse Marketplace, we can extend the functionality of Eclipse.

Install Eclipse IDE On Linux Mint


To be able to install Eclipse IDE, you must have sudo privileges.

Install Java

Update the system repository index.

sudo apt update

Eclipse requires Java 8 or above needs to be available on your machine. To do that, you can either install Oracle JDK or OpenJDK.

For this demo, I will use OpenJDK 11 here.

sudo apt install -y openjdk-11-jdk

Verify the Java version on your machine.

java -version


openjdk version "11.0.7" 2020-04-14
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 11.0.7+10-post-Ubuntu-3ubuntu1)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 11.0.7+10-post-Ubuntu-3ubuntu1, mixed mode, sharing)

Download Eclipse

Download the latest version of Eclipse IDE (v2020-036) from the Eclipse IDE’s official page using a web browser.


Download the Eclipse package over a terminal using the below command.

sudo apt install -y wget

Extract Eclipse package to your desired directory (Ex. /usr/).

sudo tar -zxvf eclipse-java-2020-06-R-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz -C /usr/

Symlink the eclipse executable to /usr/bin path so that all users on your machine can able to run and use Eclipse IDE.

sudo ln -s /usr/eclipse/eclipse /usr/bin/eclipse

Create Eclipse Launcher Icon

Sometimes creating an Eclipse launcher icon in GNOME will let you quickly start the application from the start menu of Linux Mint.

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

Use the following information in the above file.

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Eclipse IDE
Comment=Eclipse IDE

Start Eclipse IDE

Command Line


Graphical Mode

Go to Menu >> Programming >> Eclipse IDE.

Start Eclipse On Linux Mint
Start Eclipse On Linux Mint

Select a directory as a workspace for Eclipse and then click Launch.

Set Workspace for Eclipse
Set Workspace for Eclipse

Eclipse IDE v2020-06 running on Linux Mint 20:

Eclipse Running on Linux Mint 20
Eclipse Running on Linux Mint 20


In this article, you have seen how to install Eclipse IDE on Linux Mint 20 / Linux Mint 19. You can go to Eclipse Market Place to download plugins and products to extend the functionality of Eclipse IDE.

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