I use Debian Jessie (testing) and I have Eclipse 3.8. Newest version of Eclipse is 4.4. In Debian Sid (unstable) I have still Eclipse 3.8.
How can I install newest version of Eclipse on this museum of software? ;)
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The first step when installing Eclipse on Debian is to make sure you have
openjdk-8-jdk installed, and that the default Java is appropriate (
Since Eclipse 4.6 (Neon), there are two ways of installing the system: using an installer (Oomph) or using tarballs.
The Oomph installer
If you want to use the installer, download it from the main Eclipse downloads page, extract it and run it (
eclipse-inst in the
eclipse-installer folder). This will open the installer window:
Notice the exclamation point in the top-right-hand corner: this means there are updates. You should click on the hamburger and update the installer before continuing; the installer will restart.
Once your installer is up-to-date, select the Eclipse product you're interested in:
Here you can change the target installation folder, choose the version you want, and verify that your JVM is appropriate. Clicking on the big "INSTALL" button will download the appropriate files and install Eclipse.
If you don't like the installer, or can't use it for some reason, or want to download once and install multiple times, you can still download installation tarballs from the package download page. Once you have a tarball, extract it into a new directory in your home directory, then run it from there.
In both cases you can also install it to
/opt if you prefer; just make sure you use a version-specific Eclipse directory (