Install Eclipse Mars 4.5 on Fedora 24/23, CentOS/RHEL 7.2/6.8/5.11

Eclipse LogoThis is guide, howto install latest Eclipse Mars.2 4.5.2 on Fedora, CentOS and Red Hat (RHEL). This guide should work with Fedora 24/23/22/21/20/19/18/17/16/15/14/13/12, CentOS 7.2/6.8/5.11 and Red Hat (RHEL) 7.2/6.8/5.11 and even with earlier versions. Latest working version on CentOS/RHEL 5.11 is Eclipse Luna 4.4.2.

Eclipse is a multi-language software development environment comprising an integrated development environment (IDE) and an extensible plug-in system. It is written primarily in Java and can be used to develop applications in Java and, by means of various plug-ins, other languages including C, C++, COBOL, Python, Perl, PHP, Scala and Ruby (including Ruby on Rails framework).

Install Eclipse Mars.2 4.5.2 on Fedora 24/23/22/21, CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 7.2/6.8/5.11

1. Install Sun/Oracle Java JDK 8

Install Sun/Oracle Java JDK 8 on Fedora, CentOS, Red Hat (RHEL)

2. Download Eclipse Mars.2 4.5.2

Download suitable version from This guide uses Eclipse IDE for Java Developers version. Another popular versions are Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers and Eclipse for PHP Developers. Select also 32-bit or 64-bit version depending on your system. You can download Eclipse Luna 4.4.2 for CentOS/RHEL 5.11 from here.

3. Change root user

su -
## OR ##
sudo -i

4. Extract Eclipse package (example to /opt directory)

## x86 - 32-bit ##
tar -xvzf eclipse-java-mars-2-linux-gtk.tar.gz -C /opt

## x86_64 - 64-bit ##
tar -xvzf eclipse-java-mars-2-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz -C /opt

5. Add read permissions to all files

chmod -R +r /opt/eclipse

6. Create Eclipse executable on /usr/bin path

touch /usr/bin/eclipse
chmod 755 /usr/bin/eclipse

## Open eclipse file with your favorite editor ##
nano -w /usr/bin/eclipse

## Paste following content to file ##
export ECLIPSE_HOME="/opt/eclipse"

$ECLIPSE_HOME/eclipse $*

7. Create Gnome desktop launcher

## Create following file, with our favourite editor ##

## Add following content to file and save ##
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Eclipse Mars.2 4.5.2

8. Start Eclipse 4.5.2

From command line use eclipse command (as normal user!)


From Desktop menu Gnome 3 Eclipse 4.4.2
Eclipse Luna SR1a 4.4.1 Launcher

From Desktop menu Gnome 2 and Eclipse
Eclipse SDK 3.6.2 Launcher Gnome

9. Eclipse 4.5 screenshot, running on Fedora 22 64-bit

Eclipse Mars 4.5 Running on Fedora 22


If you get something like following errors:

Failed to load the JNI shared library /usr/java/jdk1.6.0_21/jre/bin/../lib/i386/client/
/usr/java/jdk1.6.0_21/jre/bin/../lib/i386/client/ cannot enable executable stack as shared object requires: Permission denied

Then do following:

chcon -t execmem_exec_t '/opt/eclipse/eclipse'

and try again.

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