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Installing Eclipse IDE on linux openSuSE 11.2

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Download the desired version of Eclipse from here

If you are a Java developer, I recommend that you download the version that supports Java EE from the below link.  It provides different download options. I’d prefer downloading from a torrent, but it’s up to you.

Click here to download eclipse IDE for Java EE

For the purposes of this tutorial, I assume that you’ve downloaded and saved the file at /home/username/Download

open Terminal and type

cd ~/Download
tar -xvf eclipse-jee-galileo-SR1-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz

The tarball will be extracted to a new folder named eclipse created automatically under ~/Download/

Follow the steps below to create a shortcut in the Application Launcher

  1. Right click on the Application Launcher (bottom left corner of the screen in KDE) and click on Menu Editor
  2. On the Menu Editor, as shown below, expand Development, click on Integrated environment and click on New Item and enter Eclipse under Item name and click on ok.
  3. Now click on Eclipse on the left pane, enter a suitable name and description as shown in the screen shot below. Against the field Command, enter ~/Download/eclipse/eclipse (assuming that eclipse folder is now in ~/Download/).
  4. Now click on the question mark next to name and a window like the one shown below appears.  Click on Browse and choose the Eclipse icon from ~/Download/eclipse/icon.xpm and click on ok.

  5. Type CTRL + S to save the changes made and exit the Menu Editor
  6. Eclipse can now be accessed from Application Launcher -> Applications -> Development -> Integrated Environment -> Eclipse

Please leave a comment if this tutorial was helpful to you.


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  1. Works for me using openSUSE 11.3, thanks!


    August 27, 2010 at 9:24 PM

  2. good article. it works well


    September 3, 2010 at 7:24 PM

  3. Helpful article, works for me on opensuse 11.2.
    Thank you!


    September 8, 2010 at 9:04 PM

  4. When I try start Eclipse: “The Eclipse executable launcher was unable to locate its
    companion shared library.”


    December 19, 2010 at 4:03 AM

  5. Thank you


    February 17, 2011 at 9:41 AM

  6. congrats!! and thank you..
    the method can be used for other applications also.


    March 16, 2011 at 6:12 PM

  7. I just installed Indigo ed. on OpenSuse 11.4.Thanks.

    Branislav Devrnja

    June 23, 2011 at 9:24 AM

  8. Thank you for showing not only how to install Eclipse, very useful thank you, but also how to modify the application launcher.


    October 23, 2011 at 8:01 AM

  9. thank very mach!!!


    November 25, 2011 at 9:03 PM

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  11. Hello,
    Working great in Kubuntu 12.04, the only differance is that I moved extracted “eclipse” folder to /opt with
    (in ~/Download folder) “sudo mv eclipse /opt”
    Thanks for you effort!


    September 8, 2012 at 1:40 AM

  12. How do ¶ install it on SUSE LINuX 11. Its seems really different.


    September 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    • Why are you using an age-old OS? I strongly recommend that you upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

      Ragavan N

      September 27, 2012 at 2:38 AM

  13. That worked. I knew how to unpack a tar but not how to place it into the application menu. That was a perfect tutorial.


    September 27, 2012 at 9:45 AM

  14. Thanks. I used this article to install Eclipse IDE on linux openSuSE 12.2


    March 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

  15. Thank you, used this article for OpenSuse 12.3 KDE 4.10. Very good tutorial, you are MAN!)


    March 22, 2013 at 7:36 PM

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