LiClipse is the lightweight version of the most popular Eclipse IDE and it includes PyDev and Egit by default which will help python/django developers. You can download the latest version of LiClipse from here. You can just extract the downloaded package and start using it.

But the problem is since this is not an installed application you cannot open this from Ubuntu dashboard or you cannot lock this in the launcher. It can be done in few simple steps given below.

Versions Used

  • LiClipse - 1.0.0
  • Ubuntu - 12.04, 14.04

Step 1:

Download latest version of LiClipse from the official website.

Step 2:

Extract the downloaded file using the command tar xvzf <filename>. For example,

tar xvzf liclipse_1.0.0_linux.gtk.x86.tar.gz

Step 3:

Move the extracted folder to /opt folder using the command

sudo mv liclipse /opt

This will require root access. So don't use the command without sudo.

Step 4:

Now create a shortcut of LiClipse in the applications folder using the below given command

sudo ln -s /opt/liclipse/LiClipse /usr/bin/liclipse

Step 5:

We have now installed LiCipse in our system. But we need to create a launcher for easier access. Paste the following command in terminal to create the launcher

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

This will open gedit text editor. Paste the following content in the file.

[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0.0
Name=LiClipse
Comment=IDE for Python/Django developers
Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 /opt/liclipse/LiClipse
Icon=/opt/liclipse/icon.xpm
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Categories=Utility;Application;Development;IDE

If you are using different version of LiClipse, replace the version with the correct one. Rest of the content should not be changed. Save this file and we now have installed LiClipse successfully. You can now launch LiClipse from the Ubuntu dash menu and it can be locked in the launcher. Feel free to post your comment.