How to install Aptana Studio 3 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin)

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An updated version of these instructions for Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) is available here.

1. Install the prerequisites

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk libjpeg62 libwebkitgtk-1.0-0 git-core

Although Aptana Studio doesn’t officially support OpenJDK, I’ve not encountered any problems, however I’ve not done extensive testing. Alternatively, to use the Sun JDK, do the following:

sudo apt-get install libjpeg62 libwebkitgtk-1.0-0 git-core

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer


libjpeg62 is important, without it you will get errors like this:

An internal error has occurred.
No more handlesNative code library failed to load. (java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: /opt/Aptana_Studio_3/plugins/com.aptana.swt.webkitbrowser.linux.x86_64_1.0.0.1295409059/os/linux/x86_64/ cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory)

2. Download Aptana Studio

You can download Aptana Studio 3 here. Select the “Standalone Version” if not selected and click download.

3. Extract Aptana Studio

sudo unzip [name of Aptana Studio ZIP file here].zip -d /opt

4. Add the menu shortcut

sudo mv AptanaStudio3.desktop /usr/share/applications/AptanaStudio3.desktop

For those of you which are security conscious, you can check the contents of AptanaStudio3.desktop here or by entering the URL above.