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Introduction

What is Aptana Studio 3 ?

Aptana Studio 3 is the professional and open source development tool for the open web. It provides you the complete environment for development and testing your entire web application using single IDE. The Aptana Studio supports various languages such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Ruby, Rails, PHP and Python. Aptana Studio is available as a standalone on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux or as a plugin for Eclipse.

There are lot of features which describes Aptana Studio uniquely among other IDEs. Some of them are enlisted below:
  • It provides assistance in writing HTML, CSS and JavaScript source code.
  • It provides Git integration, you can easily put your projects under git source code control.
  • The studio provides you a built-in terminal which you can use to access utilities like gem and rake.
  • It's Integrated Debugger helps you to set breakpoints, inspect variables, control execution.
  • The IDE also provide you the liberty of customization which you can use to setup your development environment exactly the way you want it by extending the core capabilities through scripting of custom commands
These are some of the major features that I like the most in this IDE. Well its your choice whether you want to use it or not.

This tutorial is dedicated for those who are web developers and also who are look in for an alternative of Dreamweaver IDE for Ubuntu and Linux Mint system. Just follow the instruction given below and enjoy the ride with us.

Step Wise Installation of Aptana Studio 3 on Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Installing Prerequisites for Aptana Studio 3

Important Note : Before beginning the installation, first install the prerequisites for Aptana Studio. The prerequisites will create an environment for better performance of Aptana Studio on your Ubuntu & Linux Mint system.

Step 1 : Open your terminal by pressing CTRL + ALT + T from your keyboard and run or copy the following command in the terminal to install Open JDK 7.0 version with libjpeg62 libraries, libwebkitgtk libraries and git-core libraries on your Ubuntu and Linux Mint system.
$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk libjpeg62 libwebkitgtk-1.0-0 git-core

Step 2 : Before installing Aptana make sure your system must installed with Sun/Oracle's Java 1.5 or higher version. OpenJDK is still not supported by Aptana Studio 3 yet. So install the Oracle Java 7 Installer as mentioned in Step 4 to Step 7 below.

Step 3 : Next, we run the same command as enlisted in Step 2, just omit the name of openjdk-7-jdk from it. So, run the new command in the terminal, which looks like as given below, on your Ubuntu and Linux Mint system.
$ sudo apt-get install libjpeg62 libwebkitgtk-1.0-0 git-core

Step 4 : Next, run or copy the following command in the terminal to add the PPA for Java on your Ubuntu and Linux Mint system.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java 

Step 5 : It's time to update your system. So, run or copy the following command in the terminal to update your sources.list file on your Ubuntu and Linux Mint system.
$ sudo apt-get update

Step 6 : Finally, run or copy the following command in the terminal to install Oracle's Java 7 Installer on your Ubuntu and Linux Mint system.
$ sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer

While installing Oracle Java 7 Installer, the terminal prompted you a screen where it will ask you about agreeing to Oracle JDK License. So hit Enter on "Ok" here.


Then finally, select "Yes" to agree the "Oracle Binary Code License Agreement for Java SE Platform Products and JavaFX", as shown below here.


That's All, we have successfully installed the Oracle Java 7 Installer on our system which is the basic prerequisites for Aptana Studio 3 on Ubuntu and Linux Mint system. Now, we move forward to install the studio on our system.

Download Aptana Studio 3

Step 1 : Now, you have to download the recent version of Aptana Studio from their Official Download Page.

Step 2 : Select the "Standalone Version". By default it is selected but in case if not then please select "Standalone Version" and provide your name and email address in space and then click on "Download" link to download the latest version of Aptana Studio for your Ubuntu and Linux Mint system.

Extract the Downloaded Compressed Aptana Studio Package

Step 1 : After downloading the latest release of Aptana Studio, it's time to extract the download package of Aptana Studio on your Ubuntu and Linux Mint system. For this, run the following command in the terminal to extract it in your /opt file system.
$ sudo unzip Aptana_Studio_3_Setup_Linux_x86_64_3.4.2.zip -d /opt

That's All, you have unzipped the compressed package for Aptana Studio on your system. You are already reached your destination..

Add the menu shortcut for Aptana Studio 3

Important Note : If you want to create menu shortcuts for Aptana Studio on your Ubuntu or Linux Mint system then follow the steps given below. The main advantage of creating shortcut is that you can search it from your Dash and it would be easier for us to access the IDE easily on our system.

Step 1 : Open the terminal and run or copy the following command in the terminal to download the AptanaStudio3.desktop file created by Sam Clarke which is helpful in adding menu shortcuts for Aptana Studio on your Ubuntu system.
$ wget http://www.samclarke.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/AptanaStudio3.desktop

Step 2 : Finally, run or copy the following command in the terminal to move this file to your /usr/share/applications/ directory on your Ubuntu and Linux Mint system.
$ sudo mv AptanaStudio3.desktop /usr/share/applications/AptanaStudio3.desktop

Now, Click on the "Dash Home" and search for "Aptana Studio", you will see an icon for Aptana Studio. Click on it and your Aptana Studio will open soon. As you open first, it will look like this,


That's all, you are good to go to enjoy your web development programming on Aptana Studio on your Ubuntu and Linux Mint system.

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About Monty

Hi there! I am Hung Duy and I am a true enthusiast in the areas of SEO and web design. In my personal life I spend time on photography, mountain climbing, snorkeling and dirt bike riding.
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