Installing Aptana on Ubuntu 12.04

Install Aptana PHP IDE in Ubuntu 12.04

Installing Aptana on Ubuntu 12.04

There is no official repository for Aptana in Ubuntu, so some manual steps are required in order to get Aptana to work. There is also a weird Unity menu display issue, fortunately this can be worked around by the custom desktop launcher created below.


Visit and download the latest zip file of Aptana

Or use wget (current as of time of writing)

wget -P ~/Downloads

Unzip Aptana to /opt/aptana

sudo unzip ~/Downloads/Aptana_Studio_3_Setup_Linux* -d /opt -q sudo mv /opt/Aptana_Studio_3/ /opt/aptana/

Make sure you own it correctly (so updates will work)

sudo chown -R $(whoami):$(whoami) /opt/aptana/

Create the custom desktop launcher

sudo vim /usr/share/applications/aptana.desktop

and insert the following text:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Aptana Studio 3
Comment=IDE for Rails, Python, PHP

Finishing touches

You should now be able to find it in the unity launcher

Pinning it to the unity bar is a good idea

Hope this helps you, get cracking with Aptana in Ubuntu.