Adding Eclipse to Launcher on Ubuntu 16.04

I recently upgraded to a Lenovo X1 Yoga. It is a brilliant machine and I would highly recommend it. With a new Yoga, I decided to installed Ubuntu 16.04 on my first generation Yoga.  So far so good. The machine is a lot of fun with Ubuntu installed.  The only issue I am having is with my wireless card.image Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. I think the card itself may actually be going out. Nevertheless, I am setting it up as a development machine. I was able to install Visual Studio Code with no issue. I also wanted to install Eclipse.  The install was pretty easy. I just downloaded the archive and extracted it into a Programs folder I created under my Home folder.  The only problem was I could not drag and drop the Eclipse program to my program Launcher like I did with Visual Studio Code. I did some searching and was able to figure it out. This post is to show you how I was able to get Eclipse pinned to my Launcher on Ubuntu 16.04.

  1. Open a text editor
  2. Copy and paste the following text into the editor:
    [Desktop Entry]
    Version=1.0
    Name=Eclipse
    Comment=Java IDE
    Type=Application
    Categories=Development;IDE;
    Exec=/home/{username}/Programs/eclipse/eclipse
    Terminal=false
    StartupNotify=true
    Icon=/home/{username}/Programs/eclipse/icon.xpm
    Name[en_US]=Eclipse
  3. Update any paths if you extracted Eclipse to a different location
  4. Save the file as eclipse.desktop in /home/{username}/.local/share/applications/
  5. Reboot your machine
  6. Search for Eclipse
  7. Drag and drop the Eclipse icon to the launcher
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Comments (13) -

  • Any video on this?
    • No. Is there a part that is unclear?
  • It worked only after removing <br>Terminal=false from Exec in Ubuntu 16.04
    • Thanks for pointing that out. Must have been a copy paste issue that I missed.
    • No entendí. ¿Que hay que borrar exactamente?
  • This works for Ubuntu 18.04 and Java Photon too.

    You will probaby have to change your paths to
    Exec=/home/{username}/eclipse/java-photon/eclipse/eclipse
    Icon=/home/{username}/eclipse/java-photon/eclipse/icon.xpm

    Everything else is the same, no issues, works perfectly.
  • Works.  Thanks.  FYI on 18.04 I needed to launch the application and then add it as a favorite to the quick launch bar.  The icon didn't stick when I just dragged and dropped it.
    • try searching it by application, then after searching it when you found it on the search list. right click on it and select add to favorites.. works for 18.04 ubuntu
  • Thanks! Works great on 18.10. No need to restart after adding the .desktop

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