Installing Aptana Studio 1.2 on Ubuntu 8.10 x86

I’m using Aptana Studio for some PHP/RoR/Python web development and I have Win XP x64 on a Rock xtreme64 D900K but my Sony Vaio TX3 uses Ubuntu (Compiz Fusion is irresistible). To keep the development environments the same I’ve created an Ubuntu guest virtual machine (VM) for PHP work on the Win XP host machine. Aptana is easy to install under Windows but it’s less easy under Linux so it’s worth documenting how this can be done with the current releases.

VirtualBox VM with Windows XP x64 Host and Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop x86 Guest (procedure should work for any Ubuntu 8.10 install).

  1. download and unarchive Aptana Studio Standalone for Linux (v.1.2)
  2. place the aptana folder under /usr/local/aptana

    sudo mv ./aptana/ /usr/local/

  3. install Java v.1.6

    sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin sun-java6-fonts

  4. install xulrunner 1.8.* with the Synaptic Package Manager
  5. save the following script as /usr/local/aptana/

    export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME=/usr/lib/xulrunner

  6. Make your script executable

    chmod +x

  7. download and unarchive the Aptana icons:
  8. move the aptana_icons folder to under the aptana folder
  9. create a desktop and/or panel launcher

    name: Aptana Studio
    command: browse to /usr/local/aptana/
    icon: use aptana48x48.png for the desktop launcher
    comment: web development

  10. click on launcher πŸ™‚

Note: I didn’t need to install Firefox v.2. The current version of FF is 3.0.5.

Technorati Tags: ,


  1. thanks for the steps, the other guides gave me still the same error, the only difference is they used /firefox instead or /xulrunner…they wanted me to install firefox2 just to make it work…

    thanks again!

  2. Thanks a lot for this professional post. I was really worried about the other “how to’s” and finally this worked very well for me. Thanks again and keep your style up leading and guiding the “noobs” πŸ˜‰

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s