Eclipse on Ubuntu


1. Follow the getting started guide and building with cmake, but stop before actually using cmake to build the project.

2. Install the JRE by running sudo apt-get install default-jre

Installing Eclipse

1. Install Ubuntu-Make

run the following in terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-desktop/ubuntu-make
sudo apt update
sudo apt install ubuntu-make

This will add the umake repository to the list of repositories then install umake

2. Install eclipse using Umake

run the following in terminal

umake ide eclipse-cpp

leave the installation path to the default

3. add eclipse to the path so it can be run from command line

run the following in terminal

gedit .bashrc

then scroll to the bottom of the file and add

export PATH=$PATH:/path/to/eclipse-cpp-folder/

then save and exit gedit, and restart terminal.

type eclipse into command line, it should open.

4. Install gdb by running

sudo apt install gdb

Building with CMake

1. from the pre-requisites section, you should already have installed/setup everything to the point where you are ready to run CMake, create two folders, one for debugging in eclipse “eclipseDebug” and one for quick test runs EclipseTest

Enter eclipseDebug and run


then enter eclipseTest and run


2. open eclipse, leaving your workspace as it is, then go to File>Import>General>Existing Projects into Workspace and then click next click browse and find eclipseDebug folder and then add it to eclipse

3. select Project>Build All

4. navigate to Run>Run Configurations>C/C++ Application then create a new launch configuration. on the Main tab ensure the correct project is selected then under C/C++ Application click browse and navigate to /bin/MantidWorkbench

Suggested Plugins

To install these plugins, run eclipse, Select Help>Eclipse Marketplace and install them from there.

Eclox: Eclipse plugin for Doxygen.

cppStyle: ClangFormat tool as a code formatter.