Guide to install Java and latest Eclipse on Ubuntu 14.04

There are several implementations of Java available. Openjdk, Oracle and Sun (Old Java).
Here I will post how to install Openjdk and Oracle implementation of Java.
You require to install any one of them.

Installing Openjdk 7

Open Terminal with Ctrl + Alt + T

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk

If you want the source code of Java use

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-source

For only runtime environment

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre

Installing Oracle Java 7 & 8

We have to use a third party PPA

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update

For Java 7

sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

For Java 8

sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

And you are done installing Java!!

Installing java plugin for browser

sudo apt-get install icedtea-plugin
If you have multiple versions of Java then configure the default one with

sudo update-alternatives --config java

Now check the version of Java

java -v

Installing latest Eclipse on Ubuntu 14.04

The Eclipse packages in Ubuntu are are very out of date.
The following method will install latest eclipse
1) Download Eclipse from

2) Extract it

tar xzf eclipse-jee-indigo-SR2-linux-gtk.tar.gz

3) Move to /opt/ folder

mv eclipse /opt/
cd /opt/
sudo chown -R root:root eclipse
sudo chmod -R +r eclipse

4) Create an eclipse executable in your path

sudo touch /usr/bin/eclipse
sudo chmod 755 /usr/bin/eclipse
sudo gedit /usr/bin/eclipse

5) copy this into eclipse

export ECLIPSE_HOME="/opt/eclipse"
$ECLIPSE_HOME/eclipse $*

6) create a gnome menu item

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop

copy this………

Desktop Entry
Comment=Eclipse IDE

7) Launch Eclipse for the first time

/opt/eclipse/eclipse -clean &

Congrats!! eclipse is installed.