How-to Install Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo SR1) in openSUSE 12.1 (KDE) only within 10 Steps

This is my first blog post for  the assignment “Development Tools” , so i could say that i am very happy with this matter!

Well  i use openSUSE Linux 12.1 and i am very proud of that! Sometimes i face problems like , lack of packages for programs, but this matter doesn’t mean that you cannot install the software you wish. In my case i installed Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo SR1) due to i have to use the Eclipse Marketplace. Eclipse Marketplace offers a thousand of plug-ins and extra features available for Eclipse platform. It is a truth that i searched a lot in order to find a package or a “one-click install” file  but the result was an installation of  3.6.2 version. As we all know in FLOSS always there is a way to overcome problems and also fix them. Furthermore as a developer  i have to use the “Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers“.  Here are the instructions on how-to install (via terminal) this edition of Eclipse. (Some images are in greek language , due to the fact that i use the greek language as System language)

1st Step : You have to dowload the version you wish to install from Eclipse Official Website. In our case we choose Linux 32-bit.

2st Step : We download the .tar.gz file and  i suggest  saving it at  /home/your-user-name/Downloads.

3st Step : We open the terminal and then type

cd ~/Downloads/

tar -xvf eclipse-jee-indigo-SR1-linux-gtk.tar.gz

In order to un-compress the file which have been downloaded.

4st Step : We launch the “Application Launcher” (at the bottom left corner of the screen in KDE)

5st Step : We click on  “Menu editor”  (right click on Menu “Applications“)

6th Step :  After the 5st Step we see this.

7th Step : So we carry on with expanding “Development” , clicking on “Integrated” environment and clicking on “New Item” and enter “Eclipse” under  “Item name” and click on ok. Here is shown the result of this process . In order to add the Eclipse logo in our application we have to search in ~/Downloads/eclipse/icon.xpm by using the “Browse” button as above.

8th Step : Then we type CTRL + S  in order  to save the changes made and exit the Menu Editor.

9th Step :And now Eclipse can be accessed from “Application Launcher -> Applications -> Development -> Integrated Environment -> Eclipse

10th Step : Just enjoy  Eclipse!

Life is becomes beautiful when you use  FLOSS and openSUSE 🙂


8 responses

  1. skiarxon

    Dental FLOSS?

    November 28, 2011 at 9:33 am

  2. Manu

    Have a look at this too, this is a workaround that maybe needed in some cases

    November 28, 2011 at 10:01 am

  3. You are very likely to run into crashes with Eclipse on 12.1.

    November 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm

  4. Fsouto

    This helped me out,


    December 6, 2011 at 11:12 am

  5. Cart

    Hi, very thx for you manual, but i have one problem, I’m install Eclipse SDK-3.7.1, but he’s only for Java develop… How can i install plugin for C++? I’m download from -> eclipse-cpp-indigo-SR1-incubation-linux-gtk.tar.gz, but when i extracted files i see that it’s same program-eclipse but only for C++… How can i combine eclipse for JAVA with eclipse for C++?

    February 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

  6. richard munis

    thank you.. i am using a gnome desktop .. any help would be appreciated.

    March 2, 2012 at 4:16 am

  7. “Eclipse IDE 4.2 Juno Java JEE” on openSuSE 12.2 x86_64 with KDE/Gnome:

    0. Check you have Java SE Runtime Environment properly installed on your system:
    java -version
    java version “1.7.0_07”
    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_07-b10)

    1. Download the “Eclipse IDE 4.2 Juno Java JEE” fromh ttp://

    2. Untar the .tar.gz file into /tmp directory as a non-root user (the same you are going to work with in eclipse):
    cd /tmp
    tar xvzf eclipse-jee-juno-SR2-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz

    3. Move eclipse directory to /opt (you’ll need to do it as root):
    mv eclipse /opt

    3. Create a symlink to /usr/bin directory:
    ln -s /opt/eclipse/eclipse /usr/bin/eclipse (again as root)

    4. Now you can start Eclipse from command line by executing:

    5. Then, you can create a Desktop icon launcher to the application.

    6. Enjoy programming.

    March 30, 2013 at 6:49 pm

  8. For those who intend to code in Android with Eclipse, keep in mind that you must work with “JDK 1.6” (not JDK 1.7).
    I was able to use:

    March 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm

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