How to install Eclipse for Python in Ubuntu?

Eclipse is a cross-platform integrated development environment mostly used for the development of Java projects. We can enhance its functionality using plugins to support some other programming languages like PHP, C++, Python, JavaScript, etc.

In this article, we will discuss how to install Eclipse and set up it for Python development in Ubuntu.


To follow this guide you should have the following –

Installing Eclipse for Python development in Ubuntu

To set up your Eclipse IDE for Python development you need to install a plugin called PyDev. It has features like Python Linter, debugging, autocompletion, refactoring support, Django support, etc.

So first install and set up the Eclipse IDE on your Ubuntu system and then install PyDev on it.

Installing Java

Eclipse is a java based IDE it requires the java runtime environment (JRE) to be installed on your system.

sudo apt install default-jdk

Press y and then enter when it asks you for confirmation.

Installing Eclipse IDE

Go to the download page on its official website and download the Eclipse for Linux 64 bit.

eclipse download page

OR use the following command to download it –


Once the download is completed, use the following command to extract the downloaded package –

sudo tar xfz Downloads/eclipse-inst-jre-linux64.tar.gz -C /opt/

Now use the following to move to the extracted directory –

cd /opt/eclipse-installer/

Run the following command to start eclipse installer –


This will launch the installer click on eclipse for java this will display the given window here select the correct installation folder and click on INSTALL.

install eclipse

Accept the user license agreement this will download the required packages.

Once the download and installation process is completed click on Launch to start the application.

Installing PyDev plugin in Eclipse

When the application opens go to Help > Eclipse Marketplace and find the PyDev plugin as you can see in the image below.

Now click on Install.

install pydev

Next, confirm installation by clicking on Confirm.

confirm installation

Next review licenses, select I accept the terms of the licenses agreements, and click on Finish.

review licenses

How to use Eclipse for Python development

To make Eclipse use the PyDev plugin go to Window> Perspective> Open Perspective> Other select PyDev and then click on Open.

select pydev

Next, go to File> New> PyDev Project this will display the given window. Enter the project name and click on the Please configure interpreter before proceeding and then on Config first in PATH.

This will automatically configure the interpreter. Finally, click on Finish to create the project.

configure interpreter python

Now you can add python files and folders to write your code.



You have successfully set up your Eclipse IDE for Python development. Now if you have a query then write us in the comments below.

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