Ubuntu: How do I create a .desktop file to launch eclipse?


When I create a .desktop file to launch eclipse (latest build with JDK 1.8 support) I get the following error:

A Java Runtime Environment (JRE) or Java Development Kit (JDK)  must be available in order to run Eclipse. No Java virtual machine  was found after searching the following locations:  /home/dean/bin/eclipse-standard-luna-M5-linux-gtk-x86_64/eclipse/jre/bin/java  java in your current PATH  

Why does it try to find the JRE under the directory where the eclipse binary is?

I can launch Eclipse from the command line, and I can pin it to the launcher and it works. Why is the .desktop file so confused about what it is supposed to do?

Here is my .desktop file:

[Desktop Entry]  Version=1.0  Name=Eclipse JDK 1.8  Comment=Eclipse  Exec=/home/dean/bin/eclipse-standard-luna-M5-linux-gtk-x86_64/eclipse/eclipse  Icon=/home/dean/bin/eclipse-standard-luna-M5-linux-gtk-x86_64/eclipse/icon.xpm  Terminal=false  Type=Application  Categories=Utility;Application;  

The problem I'm having is not what was asked in the question linked above as a duplice. My issue is because my PATH to the JDK is set in my .bashrc.


I had the same problem.

The next eclipse.desktop file works in Ubuntu 14.06 x64.

[Desktop Entry]  Encoding=UTF-8  Name=Eclipse  Comment=Eclipse IDE  Exec=/home/ivan/Eclipse/eclipse -vm /home/ivan/java/jdk1.7.0_25/bin/java  Icon=/home/ivan/Eclipse/icon.xpm  Categories=Application;Development;Java;IDE  Type=Application  Terminal=0  

I didn't modify the eclipse.ini

Another solution is to modify the eclipse.ini file without modify your eclipse.desktop

My eclipse.ini:

-startup  plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher_1.3.0.v20130327-1440.jar  --launcher.library  plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.gtk.linux.x86_64_1.1.200.v20140116-2212  -product  org.eclipse.epp.package.standard.product  --launcher.defaultAction  openFile  -showsplash  org.eclipse.platform  --launcher.XXMaxPermSize  256m  --launcher.defaultAction  openFile  -vm  /home/ivan/java/jdk1.7.0_25/bin/java  --launcher.appendVmargs  -vmargs  -Dosgi.requiredJavaVersion=1.6  -XX:MaxPermSize=256m  -Xms40m  -Xmx512m  

The -vm option and its value (the path) must be on separate lines.

More info: Wiki eclipse.ini


The output does say that it searched in the PATH too:

No Java virtual machine was found after searching the following locations:  ...  java in your current PATH  

You said you can launch eclipse from a terminal: In this case I would say that your java is installed to a non-standard directory, which is added to your PATH by a terminal startup script (bashrc, zshrc, etc.) but it is not added to your session when you login. So when you are in a terminal session your PATH is different from the one which is used when the .desktop file is invoked.

To troubleshoot this case:

  • To see where java is installed: which java
  • Check your ~/.profile if the correct PATH with the java directory is set in it. If the correct path is only set in .bashrc, .zshrc, etc. then it is possible that those scripts are not invoked on login, so the PATH is not set correctly. Also if you have ~/.bash_profile or ~/.bash_login you have to check those too. If you provide these files we can look into this whether this is your problem.

If you can't solve it this way, you can always modify the PATH directly in the .desktop file with env PATH= ...


I've copied the following block from within the if [ -n "$BASH_VERSION" ]; then statement:

if [ -f "$HOME/.bashrc_" ]; then      . "$HOME/.bashrc"  fi  

I've also tried without the if statement:

. "$HOME/.bashrc"  

but Eclipse fails with the same error message in both cases. Apparently HOME isn't set when lightdm runs ~/.profile.

Explicitly setting the path in ~/.profile works, but I want to keep my PATH and my other Bash features (aliases, functions) in the same file.

The solution is to set the PATH on the Exec=env PATH=$PATH:... line in eclipse.desktop. Nothing I've tried works to start IntelliJ from a desktop icon, however.

Given that you are reinventing the Linux GUI experience with Unity maybe it's time to leave the error prone series of scripts behind and use something that is less error prone and easier to use. The scripts would still have to be there for bash shells, but the Unity desktop could be independent of them.


I have a very simple method.

Open Gedit or Text Editor. Add:

[Desktop Entry]  Exec=/home/testrule/eclipse/eclipse  Icon=/home/testrule/eclipse/icon.xpm  Type=Application  

Save in desktop as eclipse.desktop.

Right Click on the eclipse.desktop file > click properties > click Permissions tab >> Click the check box of Execute

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