How to install Eclipse in Kali Linux?

Eclipse is a widely used open-source integrated development environment (IDE) for Java developers. It is feature-rich and customizable, making it a popular choice for many programmers. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps of installing Eclipse on Kali Linux.

Before we begin, make sure that you have administrative privileges on your Kali Linux system.

Step 1: Update Kali Linux

It is always a good practice to update your system before installing any software. Open a terminal and run the following command to update your Kali Linux:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Step 2: Install Java

Eclipse is a Java-based application, so you will need to install Java on your system. Run the following command to install the default Java Development Kit (JDK) on Kali Linux:

sudo apt install default-jdk -y

Step 3: Download Eclipse

Go to the official Eclipse website and download the latest version of Eclipse IDE for Java Developers. You can choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit version, depending on your system architecture.

Step 4: Extract Eclipse

Once the download is complete, navigate to the directory where you downloaded the Eclipse file. Right-click on the file and select “Extract Here” to extract the contents of the file.

Step 5: Move Eclipse to Opt directory

Move the extracted Eclipse folder to the /opt directory on your system using the following command:

sudo mv eclipse /opt

Step 6: Create a symbolic link

Create a symbolic link to the Eclipse executable file in the /usr/local/bin directory using the following command:

sudo ln -s /opt/eclipse/eclipse /usr/local/bin/eclipse

Step 7: Launch Eclipse

You can now launch Eclipse by typing eclipse in the terminal or by searching for it in the application menu.

Step 8: Configure Eclipse

When you launch Eclipse for the first time, it will prompt you to select a workspace. The workspace is a directory where Eclipse will store your projects and settings. You can choose the default location or specify a custom location.

Once you have selected a workspace, Eclipse will load and display the Welcome screen. You can now start creating and working on your Java projects.


In this guide, we have shown you how to install Eclipse on Kali Linux. Eclipse is a powerful and flexible IDE that can help you develop Java applications efficiently. Once you have installed Eclipse, you can start exploring its features and customizing it to suit your needs.

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