Ubuntu Make Developer Tools Installer 18.05 Adds Support For Atom Beta, Eclipse Javascript, Re-Enables Unity3D

Ubuntu Make, the app that allows installing developer tools on Ubuntu systems, was updated to version 18.05, which includes new IDEs, like Atom Beta, Goland, or Eclipse Javascript, fixes, and other improvements.

Ubuntu Make is a command line tool created to make it easier for developers to download and install the latest version of popular developer tools, on Ubuntu and Linux distributions based on it, like Linux Mint or elementary OS.

The tool takes care of everything, from installing the required dependencies, to integrating the installed tools with your desktop environment, and more. As a side note, a logout/login may be required for an IDE or other development tool to show up in the menu.

Ubuntu Make can set up more than 50 developer environments, including Android Studio, Golang, ItelliJ IDEs, Visual Studio Code, Rust, and so on.

Ubuntu Make installer

The latest Ubuntu Make 18.05 includes support for 5 new IDEs:
  • Eclipse Javascript
  • Atom Beta
  • Processing
  • GoLand
  • Visual Studio Code Insiders

Spring Tools was re-enabled as well, and there are some fixes for the Visual Studio Code dependencies.

Other IDE changes include env variables added to Android Studio, and StartupWMClass added to Firefox Developer and Visual Studio Code.

The Ubuntu Make games category has received some new tools:
  • Godot engine
  • GDevelop
  • Blender

Also, Unity3D was re-enabled.

Other changes in Ubuntu Make 18.05:
  • Use symlinks for exec
  • Added Eagle to a new electronics category
  • Added Crystal Lang
  • Added Maven
  • Web: added PhantomJS

Install Ubuntu Make

Try to install Ubuntu Make from either a PPA or snap package, but not from both. I'll list both installation options below.

Install Ubuntu Make in Ubuntu or Linux Mint from official PPAs: daily or stable:

  • daily PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lyzardking/ubuntu-make
sudo apt update
sudo apt install ubuntu-make

  • stable PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-desktop/ubuntu-make
sudo apt update
sudo apt install ubuntu-make

Please read: the Ubuntu Make snap package may segfault in some cases when trying to install any developer tool. This bug report says this is due to an issue in snapd, and not Ubuntu Make. If this happens to you, use one of the two PPAs mentioned above, or get the latest Ubuntu Make code from GitHub.

The Ubuntu Make page recommends using ubuntu-make.umake if the tool was installed from a snap.

For how to use Ubuntu Make, run this in a terminal:

umake --help

Here's an example. To install Atom Beta, which was just added in Ubuntu Make 18.05, you can use:

umake ide atom --beta

And follow the instructions.

Or for Eclipse Javascript, run:

umake ide eclipse-javascript