1. Get the latest Eclipse Installer and extract the downloaded archive.

2. Run the executable "eclipse-inst" and follow the instructions to install the IDE. Recent versions of the installer bundle a Java runtime, so you don't have to worry about it.

3. After you run Eclipse for the first time, a sample .desktop file will be added to ~/.local/share/applications/. You'll need to make some changes to it.

3.1. Add the "Icon" option if it's not already there.

3.2. Set "?NoDisplay" to "false"

It should look like this:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Eclipse Platform
Exec=/home/user/eclipse/ide/eclipse/eclipse %u

Other sources

Eclipse has been removed from debian repository in 2018 and never came to Buster release because deb packages not being maintained. With recent Debian release it only available through flatpak or snap packages. You can use following command to install it:


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