In this guide, we will walk through the steps to add Eclipse to the Ubuntu Dock or Favorites in Ubuntu 18.04. This can be useful for users who frequently use Eclipse and want to have quick access to it from the dock.
To add Eclipse to the Ubuntu Dock or Favorites in Ubuntu 18.04, you need to create a .desktop file for Eclipse, make it executable, and then add it to the dock. This can be done by following the steps outlined in this guide.
Before we begin, ensure that you have Eclipse installed on your Ubuntu 18.04 system. If not, you can download and install it from the official Eclipse website.
Creating a .desktop File for Eclipse
The first step to adding Eclipse to the Ubuntu Dock is to create a
.desktop file for it. This file will contain information about the application, such as its name, execution path, and icon.
- Open a terminal window. You can do this by pressing
Ctrl + Alt + T.
- Navigate to the
~/.local/share/applicationsdirectory by running the following command:
- Create a new file named
- In the
Eclipse.desktopfile, add the following lines:
Here’s a breakdown of what each line does:
[Desktop Entry]: This line indicates that the file is a desktop entry file.
Comment=Eclipse: This line provides a brief description of the application.
Terminal=false: This line specifies that the application should not be run in a terminal.
Name=Eclipse: This line sets the name of the application.
Exec=/path/to/your/version/eclipse/eclipse: This line specifies the execution path of the application. Replace
/path/to/your/version/eclipsewith the actual path to your Eclipse executable.
Type=Application: This line indicates that the file is for an application.
Icon=/path/to/your/version/eclipse/icon.xpm: This line sets the icon of the application. Replace
/path/to/your/version/eclipsewith the actual path to your Eclipse icon file.
StartupWMClass=Eclipse: This line is used to group windows under one icon in the Ubuntu Dock.
- Save the file by pressing
Ctrl + Oand then exit
Ctrl + X.
Making the .desktop File Executable
Next, we need to make the
Eclipse.desktop file executable. This can be done by changing its permissions using the
- In the terminal, run the following command:
chmod a+x ~/.local/share/applications/Eclipse.desktop
This command changes the permissions of the
Eclipse.desktop file to make it executable (
Adding Eclipse to the Ubuntu Dock
Now that we have created an executable
.desktop file for Eclipse, we can add it to the Ubuntu Dock.
- Click on the “Show Applications” button (the dot logo on the bottom left of the screen).
- Search for “Eclipse”. It should appear in the search results.
- Right-click on the Eclipse icon and choose “Add to favorites”. This will add Eclipse to the Ubuntu Dock.
And that’s it! You have successfully added Eclipse to the Ubuntu Dock in Ubuntu 18.04. Now, you can easily access Eclipse from the dock.
In this guide, we have walked through the steps to add Eclipse to the Ubuntu Dock or Favorites in Ubuntu 18.04. We have created a
.desktop file for Eclipse, made it executable, and added it to the dock. This process can be used to add any application to the Ubuntu Dock. Happy coding!
Yes, you can add any application to the Ubuntu Dock by creating a
.desktop file and following the steps outlined in this guide.
Yes, you can change the icon of the application in the Ubuntu Dock. In the
.desktop file, modify the
Icon line to point to the desired icon file. Make sure to provide the correct path to the icon file.
No, the icon in the Ubuntu Dock will not update automatically if you update Eclipse. You will need to manually update the
Icon line in the
.desktop file to point to the new icon file.
To remove Eclipse from the Ubuntu Dock, right-click on the Eclipse icon in the dock and choose "Remove from favorites". This will remove Eclipse from the dock.
Yes, you can add multiple instances of Eclipse to the Ubuntu Dock by creating separate
.desktop files for each instance. Just make sure to provide unique names and icons for each instance in the