Installing Eclipse for Java 11 Development


I have noticed many developers complaining about the pain of juggling multiple JDK ( alternatives --config java) and Eclipse installations. This post is meant for them. So, this is primarily for beginners.

Note: The following was done on Ubuntu 16.04.

Install Eclipse 4.10M1

Go to the following URL.

Scroll down to the section Eclipse SDK and download Linux (64 bit version) to your ~/Downloads directory.

Verify the file.

sha512sum ~/Downloads/YOUR_DOWNLOADED_FILE (Replace YOUR_DOWNLOADED_FILE with the actual name of the downloaded file.)

The SHA512 values are available here.
For the file which you downloaded, it should be f164fee1fc1dfb73a5a915fe9db2d56b2b4fe3af83fb9643bfe977bde13a3eab591b1bf86ce307eba0eb34704eab0076303623fe0353beed4a89a32fadb4441b

Create a directory for your Eclipse installation

mkdir -p ~/installs

Remove any existing Eclipse installation

Warning: If you have an existing installation under ~/installs/eclipset, make sure to copy it somewhere else beforehand!

rm -rf ~/installs/eclipse

Extract Eclipse to the directory

tar -zvxf ~/Downloads/eclipse-SDK-4.10M1-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz --directory ~/installs

Rename Eclipse directory so that you can distinguish between versions later

mv ~/installs/eclipse ~/installs/eclipse-4.10M1

Create a link on Desktop

You can create a desktop file as well for a shortcut, but the link is easier to create and works just as well.

Browse to your home directory and go to installs/eclipse-4.10M1 under that. Right click on eclipse executable and select “Make link”. A new “Link to eclipse” will appear. Right-click, “Cut” and paste to your desktop. Rename it to “eclipse-4.10M1”.

Open Eclipse

Double-click on the newly created desktop icon. Select a workspace or type one.

Install JDK 11

Download Open JDK 11 from here:

Note: If this link does not work, go here to get the updated link. Make sure to change the file name in the extraction step below.

Download it to your ~/Downloads directory.

Extract it to the previously created installs directory:
tar -zvxf ~/Downloads/openjdk-11.0.1_linux-x64_bin.tar.gz --directory ~/installs

Your JDK 11 installation will be available under installs/jdk-11 under your home directory.

Configure Eclipse to use JDK11

In Eclipse, go to Window -> Preferences -> Java -> Installed JREs.

Add -> Standard VM

Select your JDK installation under /home/YOUR_USER_NAME/installs/jdk-11

Click Finish.

Select the newly created JRE

Click Apply

Under the same Preferences tab, go to Java -> Compiler

Select Compiler compliance level as 11

Apply and Close

There you go. That should help you get started, without messing up any of your existing configurations!

3 thoughts on “Installing Eclipse for Java 11 Development”

  1. Good post, thanks. Just one deviation : I got jdk-11.0.1 downloaded following these instructions and not jdk-11. So file name had to be modified accordingly before using the tar command.

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