You can install Eclipse IDE using your Debian repositories, but the Debian repositories’ installation package is outdated. If you want to use the latest Eclipse IDE package on your Debian 8 system, use a snappy packaging system.
This tutorial will explain the process of installing the latest Eclipse IDE on the Debian 8 system step-by-step.
Before starting this tutorial, make sure you have a preinstalled Debian 8 desktop edition and have user access with sudo privileges to execute the administrative commands.
To install the latest Eclipse IDE on your Debian system, follow these steps:
Step 1 – As we know, Eclipse is a Java-based application, and Java runtime environment (JRE) is required to install and run Eclipse IDE. You can install the JRE package by using the following command:
$ sudo apt install default-jre
Step 2 – To download and install snap package for Eclipse IDE, using the following command:
$ sudo snap install --classic eclipse
After successful installation of Eclipse IDE, you will get the output on your screen similar to below:
Output: eclipse 2019-03 from Snapcrafters installed
Now, after installation of Eclipse IDE in your Debian system, you can start by clicking on the Eclipse icon (Activities -> Eclipse), as shown below:
At the first time starting of Eclipse, it will ask you to select a Workspace directory on the first screen as shown below:
The default directory for the Workspace is okay, but you can choose any other directory also. After selecting, click on the Launch button to proceed:
You have learned to install the latest Eclipse IDE version in your Debian 8 System and ready to work on a Java project.
To get more ideas on Eclipse IDE, you can visit the Eclipse documentation page.
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