Eclipse is an open source and free multi-language and multi-platform software development program that used to build JAVA based web applications. It is written in Java program and can be used to develop Java based applications and other various plugins, including languages like C, C++, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby and Rails framework.
It provides common UI (User Interface) navigation model for working with tools and it was developed to run on multiple OS (Operating Systems) by providing robust integration with each OS. Eclipse was one of the first IDE’s (Integrated Development Environment) program to run under GNU operating system.
This guide shows you how to install latest version of Eclipse Classic 4.2.1 on RHEL 6.3/6.2/6.1/6/5.8/5.6, CentOS 6.3/6.2/6.1/6/5.8/5.6 and Fedora 17,16,15,14,13,12 using Eclipse source files.
Install Eclipse Classic 4.2.1 in RHEL, CentOS and Fedora
Install Java SDK 6
First, you need to install Java SDK 6 package using the following YUM command.
# yum install java
Download Eclipse Classic 4.2.1
Download Eclipse Classic 4.2.1 for system OS bit, by choosing following link with Wget command or you can also download it from http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/?osType=linux.
For RHEL/CentOS/Fedora 32-bit OS
# wget http://ftp.jaist.ac.jp/pub/eclipse/eclipse/downloads/drops4/R-4.2.1-201209141800/eclipse-SDK-4.2.1-linux-gtk.tar.gz
For RHEL/CentOS/Fedora 64-bit OS
# wget http://ftp.jaist.ac.jp/pub/eclipse/eclipse/downloads/drops4/R-4.2.1-201209141800/eclipse-SDK-4.2.1-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz
Extracting Eclipse Classic 4.2.1
Unpack it under /opt directory with the help of Tar command with -C switch. For more examples of tar command visit THIS PAGE.
## For 32-Bit OS ## # tar -xvzf eclipse-SDK-4.2.1-linux-gtk.tar.gz -C /opt ## For 64-Bit OS ## # tar -xvzf eclipse-SDK-4.2.1-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz -C /opt
Setting Execute Permissions to Eclipse files
Set executable permission on all files under eclipse directory.
# chmod -R +r /opt/eclipse
Creating Eclipse executable Binary file
Create eclipse executable binary file and set permission to it as shown below.
# touch /usr/bin/eclipse # chmod 755 /usr/bin/eclipse
Create the following file with VI editor.
# vi /usr/bin/eclipse
Add the following lines to it save and close the file.
export ECLIPSE_HOME="/opt/eclipse" $ECLIPSE_HOME/eclipse $*
Creating GNOME Desktop Launcher
Create the GNOME desktop launcher file for eclipse with VI editor.
# vi /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop
Add the following lines of code it, save and close the file.
[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Eclipse Comment=Eclipse SDK 4.2.1 Exec=eclipse Icon=/opt/eclipse/icon.xpm Terminal=false Type=Application Categories=GNOME;Application;Development; StartupNotify=true
Starting Eclipse Launcher
From Desktop terminal run the following command to launch Eclipse.
Check out running Eclipse screenshots under my CentOS 6.3 system.
Eclipse Startup Screen
Eclipse Create WorkPlace
Eclipse Welcome Screen
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