How To Install Aptana Studio In Ubuntu Intrepid

For those who have read my review of Aptana and wish to install it in Ubuntu 8.10, here is how you can do so. While the installation is not as straightforward as it should be, the overall process is not that difficult either.

The instruction below is meant for 32-bit machine. If you are using a 64 bit machine, you’ll have to install Eclipse with the Aptana plugin.

1. Download Aptana for Linux

2. Unzip the Aptana tar file to your Home folder.

3. Install the dependencies:

4. Open up a text editor and paste the following lines to the file.

Change the filepath to the location where you place the Aptana folder. Save the file as “” in the Aptana folder.

5. Right-click on the file and select Properties. Go to the Permissions tab. Check the box “Allow executing file as program”


That’s it. Whenever you want to run Aptana, simply double click on the file.

Creating Desktop and Menubar shortcut (Optional)

You can also create a shortcut on your desktop or the menubar so that you can easily access it when you want to use it.

1. Right-click on the menubar and select “Edit Menus”.

2. On the left pane, scroll down till you find the “Programming” entry. Click on it.

3. On the right, click on the “New Item” button. Enter the following:


4. Close all the windows. You should be able to find the Aptana launcher in “Applications -> Programming -> Aptana”.

To create a desktop shortcut, simply drag the Aptana launcher from the menubar to the desktop. If you are using any dock applications, you can also drag and drop the launcher to the dock.

Didn’t I say it is easy?

Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.


  1. Thank you very much. I have had bad luck with running Dreamweaver 8 under wine for a while, and eventually gave up and ended up booting into Windows to use it. It really made me kind of sad to do so. I have been trying to find a program that I could use that would do the same thing that Dreamweaver does without the glitches that it produced under wine.
    Although, I will say part of your walk through on installation confused me for a bit. Its the part in the bash script where you comment that its the path to the folder, when it’s the path to the program. Because I thought it was the path to the folder itself (I’m very much a novice when it comes to bash scripts) I left out “AptanaStudio”, and of course, it didn’t work. I realized my mistake (after adding it to the menu and everything) and corrected it.
    I just wanted to share that part as to let other people know in case someone makes the same mistake that I did.
    Thank you very much for sharing this.

  2. oh…i had the same problem… ’cause i’m a n00b :p
    i though that i needed to put the path in there…well…aptana is an incredible program…and it’s completely free!!!i didn’t know about it! thank u for the news!!!

  3. Hi. thanks for the article.
    I tried all above steps, my aptana dir is: /home/neo/aptana.

    When I run from nautilus, nothing happens.

    When I try to run it from terminal, i get permission denied,
    even after running as sudo. :(

    Can u please help?

  4. Solved the problem.

    I added “/home/neo/aptana” in,
    I should have added “/home/neo/aptana/AptanaStudio”

    Thanks again for the article.

  5. Want to express my gratitude for the help provided. Managed to install Aptana as per your instructions and hey presto it’s up and running. . . pitty aptana doesn’t provide a .deb format. Kind of irrelevant though now because of your instructions.

    Book marking your site as we speak . . . Thankyou again

  6. Just create the file and set the permissions. Works well on Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04

  7. Thank you so much! I’ve been trying to find a no cost alternative to Zend Studio. I have been having a real hell of a time getting Aptana to run. It said I needed Java 1.5 or above (which I guess in JRE5). I had that installed, but it still kept telling me I didn’t. But now it works great.

  8. I’m still getting a permissions denied error and I have validated that my paths are correct. Any ideas?

    1. Only thing I would suggest that you double check is the permissions on the script and make sure that you have the box checked to allow executing it as a program. You could also make sure that you are the owner of the file. *shrugs* I hope that might help you.

  9. Thanks – this saved my sanity.

    After yet another trojan infection on my windows partition, I was reluctantly spending hours trying to get a workable code environment – only to have that turned into minutes by your guide.


  10. Great tutorial on getting this thing up and running!!

    You might also need to mark AptanaStudio file as an executable one. At least, I had to do that in order for this to work.

    Thanks a lot!

  11. Expressing my thanks in your guide for getting this working – as with all the other replies, you MUST make sure that your path to the aptana installation as mentioned in the script includes the AptanaStudio executable (or what you call it)

    mine is /home/cibydesign/aptana/AptanaStudio.

    Works great on Jaunty!

  12. Aptana and Ubuntu make a great web development platform. Perhaps you and your readers would be interested to find out about WireframeSketcher wireframing/prototyping plugin. I’ve recently added support for Aptana Studio 1.5 so give it a try. I should mention that it’s a commercial product but I give away free licenses to open-source developers, bloggers, non-profits and others.

  13. I meet the same problem as Bob: “permission denied” when I try to run I already checked the path, it’s correct. My path is “home/myname/applications/aptana/AptanaStudio.

    It is easy up to this guide, and almost everyone have not any problem. Except me and a few other guys…

    1. I had come out where I am wrong. Just have to add one more “AptanaStudio” at the end of path.

  14. I get an “ELF not found error” when trying to run the script. I’ve followed all the instructions on your site but nothing seems to working for me. I would greatly appreciate any assistance offered.

    1. Make sure that in the script, the filepath pointing to the Aptana application is correct.

  15. GREAT NEWS : Aptana Studio 1.5 no longer requires these steps! Simply extract the contents of the download Aptana archive to ‘/usr/local/aptana’ and (optionally) create a menu entry to point to ‘/usr/local/aptana/AptanaStudio’ and you’re done!

    Sweet, huh? I know.

  16. I created .sh file and the path is correct.
    When I double click on the .sh file, AptanaStudio loads but it automatically after loading.
    Thanks in advance..

    1. @Ramesh: Run the script from the terminal and see if there is any error message. If yes, report the error message here.

  17. What I get is a message that makes me decide if I want to run Aptana or display its contents. I click on Run… nothing happens. I even click on run on terminal ..nothing…. If i click display I just see my script… why??

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