How to Install Eclipse Photon IDE in CentOS, RHEL and Fedora

In this tutorial we’ll cover the installation process of the latest edition of Eclipse Photon IDE in CentOS, Red Hat and Fedora based Linux distributions.

Eclipse is a free integrated development environment IDE used by programmers world-wide to write and develop Java applications mostly. However, Eclipse IDE can support a large variety of compilers and programming languages via installed plugins that extend its functionality.

The latest release of Eclipse Photon IDE doesn’t come with pre-build binary packages specific for RHEL or CentOS based Linux distributions. Instead, you can install Eclipse IDE in CentOS, Fedora or other Red Hat Linux based distributions via tarball archive files.


  1. A Desktop machine with minimum 2GB of RAM.
  2. Java 9 SE SDK installed in Red Hat Linux based distributions.

Install Eclipse IDE in CentOS, RHEL and Fedora

On the first step, open a browser, navigate to Eclipse official download page and download the latest version of the tar package specific for your installed Linux distribution architecture.

Installing Eclipse Photon IDE in CentOS and Fedora

Alternatively, you can also download Eclipse IDE tarball file in your system via wget utility, by issuing the below command.

-------------- For 64-bit Architecture -------------- 
$ wget

-------------- For 32-bit Architecture --------------
$ wget

Installing Eclipse Oxygen IDE in CentOS and Fedora

-------------- For 64-bit Architecture -------------- 
$ wget

-------------- For 32-bit Architecture --------------
$ wget

After the download completes, navigate to the directory where the archive package has been downloaded and issue the below commands to start installing Eclipse IDE.

The commands executed below will install Eclipse IDE directly into /opt directory. Afterwards, create a symlink into /usr/local/bin/ directory for Eclipse IDE executable file and verify symbolic link path via ls command.

$ sudo tar xfz eclipse-jee-photon-R-linux* -C /opt/  [For Photon]
$ sudo tar xfz eclipse-jee-oxygen-R-linux* -C /opt/  [For Oxygen]
$ ls /opt/eclipse/
$ sudo ln -s /opt/eclipse/eclipse /usr/local/bin/eclipse
$ ls -al /usr/local/bin/eclipse 

Next, create Eclipse desktop launcher into system applications directory.

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

Add the following configuration into the file eclipse.desktop.

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

After you’ve created Eclipse launcher, use Gnome dash to search and open the application. On the first application launch, add Eclipse workspace directory and hit on Launch button to start the application.

Launch Eclipse Oxygen IDE
Launch Eclipse Oxygen IDE
Add Eclipse Oxygen IDE Workspace
Add Eclipse Oxygen IDE Workspace
Eclipse Oxygen IDE
Eclipse Oxygen IDE

Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed the latest version of Eclipse IDE in your Red Hat Linux based system.

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