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Configure Java development environment on Ubuntu 19.10

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We developers always choose Windows when purchasing our laptops but have desire to get our hands dirty on Linux environments.

Windows 10 provides Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), which is a feature that creates a lightweight environment that allows you to install and run supported versions of Linux (such as Ubuntu, OpenSuse, Debian, etc.) without the complexity of setting up a virtual machine or different computer.

WSL is good for evaluation purposes. It does not provide us all the power and features of Linux System. It would be ideal to run Linux instance on VM instead of using WSL for extensive use with our development. Running Linux instance on VM has it pros and cons which we would not discuss here.

Running Linux along side with Windows OS via Dual Boot is an ideal solution for most of the case. Follow instructions provided here to install Ubuntu 19.10 alongside Windows 10 in dual boot environment.

Software and Applications that we setup on Ubuntu 19.10

Below are the Softwares and Applications that we are going to setup on Ubuntu 19.10 that is dual boot along side with Windows 10. These are mainly focused for Java Development environment, but it is not limited for other development technologies.

  • GraalVM
  • Maven
  • Gradle
  • Kotlin
  • Node
  • Docker
  • microk8s
  • Python
  • IDEs such as Notepadqq, Visual Studio Code, IntelliJ IDEA Community
  • Postman
  • Other useful utilies..

Uplifting Ubuntu 19.10 to Kubuntu 19.10

Kubuntu is a community developed and supported project which provides the latest stable KDE software on top of a stable Ubuntu core. It provides applications which are more compelling with those provided with stock ubuntu.

You can choose to download Kubuntu 19.10 and install in dual boot alongside Windows 10 or you can upgrade Ubuntu 19.10 to Kubuntu 19.10.

Below are some snaphots of my pc running Kubuntu 19.10

Kubuntu Desktop
Kubuntu Desktop mimicking Windows Desktop layout

Konsole Terminal
Multi tab layout with Konsole

Konsole Terminal
Multi tab splitted view layout with Konsole

KDE Software
Software store

Setup Instructions

Follow below steps to install & configure softwares and applications that we listed earlier:

Install curl

sudo apt install curl

Install wget

sudo apt-get install wget

Install libz - needed for building graalvm native image

sudo apt-get update -y
sudo apt-get install -y libz-dev

Install sdkman

  • open a new terminal and enter:
$ curl -s "" | bash
  • Open new terminal and exter below command
$ source "$HOME/.sdkman/bin/"
  • Verify if installed properly by checking version
$ sdk version

Install GraalVM JDK 11

  • Download GraalVM JDK11
$ cd /home/<user>/Downloads

$ wget

$ tar -xvzf graalvm-ce-java11-linux-amd64-20.0.0.tar.gz
  • Move the unpacked dir to /usr/lib/jvm/ and create a symbolic link to make your life easier when updating the GraalVM version:
$ sudo mv graalvm-ce-java11-20.0.0/ /usr/lib/jvm/
  • Install the GraalVM Java
$ sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /usr/lib/jvm/bin/java 1
  • verify by checking the version number:
$ java -version
  • Set Path by adding below exports to anywhere above end of the file. Restart the terminal.
$ vi ~/.bashrc

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/
export PATH=${PATH}:${JAVA_HOME}/bin

export GRAALVM_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/
  • Download Native image installer component package
$ cd /home/<user>/Downloads

$ wget
  • Install Native Image using GraalVM Updater
$ gu -L install native-image-installable-svm-java11-linux-amd64-20.0.0.jar
  • Verify if native-image is installed
$ gu list
  • Test native image
$ mkdir /home/<user>/learning/java

$ vi
public class HelloWorld {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    System.out.println("Hello, World!");

$ javac

$ native-image HelloWorld

$ ./helloworld

Install maven

$ sdk install maven

$ mvn -v

Install Gradle

$ sdk install gradle
$ gradle -v

Install Kotlin

$ sdk install kotlin
$ kotlin -version

Install Git

$ sudo apt install git
$ git --version

Configure git credentials

$ git config --global "Madan Narra"
$ git config --global credential.helper store
$ git pull
$ provide credentials when prompted

Install Nodejs 12

$ curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
$ sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
$ sudo apt-get install -y npm

This should install Node v12.x.x and NPM v6.x.x.

  • Verify version
$ node --version
$ npm --version
  • Install Yarn
$ sudo npm install -g yarn
$ yarn -v

Install Docker

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt install
  • Start and Automate Docker
$ sudo systemctl start docker
$ sudo systemctl enable docker
  • Verify Version
$ docker --version
  • Add current user to docker group and set permission to docker.sock file to not get permission denied errors when running docker commands from logged in user rather then sudo user.
$ sudo groupadd docker

$ sudo usermod -aG docker ${USER}

$ sudo chown "$USER":"$USER" /home/"$USER"/.docker -R

$ sudo chmod g+rwx "$HOME/.docker" -R

$ sudo chmod 666 /var/run/docker.sock

$ newgrp docker
  • Login to docker
$ docker login

Login with your Docker ID to push and pull images from Docker Hub. If you don't have a Docker ID, head over to to create one.
WARNING! Your password will be stored unencrypted in /home/madan/.docker/config.json.
Configure a credential helper to remove this warning. See

Login Succeeded

Install Docker Compose

Download Docker Compose
$ sudo curl -L "$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)" -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
Apply executable permissions to the binary
$ sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
Test the installation
$ docker-compose --version

Install microk8s

$ sudo snap install microk8s --classic
  • Join user group
$ sudo usermod -a -G microk8s $USER
$ su - $USER
  • verify installation
$ microk8s.kubectl get nodes
  • Create alias for kubectl
$ sudo snap alias microk8s.kubectl kubectl
  • Create shortcut for kubectl
$ vi ~/.bashrc
$ alias k='microk8s.kubectl'
  • configure firewall to allow pod-to-pod and pod-to-internet communication:
$ sudo ufw allow in on cni0 && sudo ufw allow out on cni0
$ sudo ufw default allow routed
  • Write cluster config information to $HOME/.kube/config file
$ microk8s.kubectl config view --raw > $HOME/.kube/config

Set Python 3 as default

Ubuntu comes with Python 2 & Python 3 by default. When documenting this article, below are the versions available in Ubuntu 19.10

Python Versions Available
$ python --version
Python 2.7.17

$ python3 --version
Python 3.7.5

Run the below command to use Python3 as default

$ update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python python /usr/bin/python3 10

Now running below command will confirm Python3 is set as default

$ python --version
Python 3.7.5

Install pip - Package Management System

Install pip
$ sudo apt update

$ sudo apt install python3-pip

$ pip3 --version
pip 18.1 from /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip (python 3.7)

pip packages will be installed in “ folder. Add this directory to PATH to start using the installed packages

Configure Path
$ vi ~/.bashrc

Add the following line at the end of the file. Save the file

export PATH="/home/madan/.local/bin:$PATH"

Save the file and load the new $PATH to current shell session

$ source ~/.bashrc

$ echo $PATH

Install softwares from Ubuntu Software

  • chromium
  • koncole terminal
  • Notepadqq
  • Visual Studio Code


Install Intellij IDEA Community edition from Ubuntu Software.

Install the below plugins for more productivity with IntelliJ

  • SketchIt - To generate PlantUML file with class diagram syntax for the selected package. Choose the package > Tools > click on SketchIt
  • PlantUML Integration - To view graphical output of PlantUML file

For PlantUML to work, we need to install Graphviz. Use the below command to install

$ sudo apt install graphviz

Install Postman

$ sudo snap install postman



Flameshot is Powerful yet simple to use screenshot software.

$ sudo apt install flameshot

Assign PrtScr to Falemshot in Kubuntu

  • Go to System Settings > Search for Shortcuts
  • Navigate to Custom Shortcuts and delete existing screenshot group if one exists by default.
  • Create new group Screenshot and create new custom action within it.
  • Assign Trigger to PrtScr by pressing the PrtScr button.
  • Use /usr/bin/flameshot gui in command/url input field.
  • Select Screenshot checkbox and click Apply.
  • Clicking PrtScr button should now show Flameshot window.

Assign PrtScr to Flameshot in Ubuntu

  • Release the PrtScr binding by this command
gsettings set screenshot '[]'
  • Go to Settings -> Devices -> Keyboard and scroll to the end. Press + and you will create custom shortcut.
  • Enter name: “flameshot”, command: /usr/bin/flameshot gui.
  • Set shortcut to PrtScr (print).
  • That is it. Next time you push PrtScr flameshot will be launched.


SimpleScreenRecorder is a Linux program that record programs and games capturing the entire screen or part of it.

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder

Gravit Designer

Gravit Designer is a free full-featured vector graphic design app that works on ALL platforms. Unlock the full power of your creativity with fast and flexible tools tailored to professional designers.

$ sudo snap install gravit-designer

Create work folder and set permissions

Its always better to isolate our work into specific folder. Below are the commands to create folder work and setting appropriate permissions.

$ cd /home/<user>

$ sudo mkdir work

Changes the permission mode for work directory so that the owner and group has full read/write/(execute or search) access and all others have read and execute/search access.

$ sudo chmod 775 work/

Alternatively add <USER_NAME> to the users group and then make users the group owner for worl folder

$ sudo adduser <USER_NAME> users

$ sudo chown -R <USER_NAME>:users work/

Useful Linux cheatsheet Commands

Top – Linux Process Monitoring
$ top
Htop – Linux Process Monitoring
$ sudo snap install htop

$ htop
Lsof – List Open Files
$ lsof

$ sudo lsof -i -P -n | grep LISTEN

$ sudo lsof -i:22 ## see a specific port such as 22 ##
Netstat – Network Statistics
$ sudo apt install net-tools

$ netstat -a | more

$ netstat -tulpn | grep LISTEN

$ netstat -plnt | grep ':80'
check which process binds a TCP Socket on port 8080
$ fuser -v -n tcp 8080
Dump socket statistics Alternative to netstat
$ sudo ss -tulwn

$ ss -nt '( dst :8443 or dst :8080 )'

$ ss -nt '( dst :5432 )'
Kill Process
$ kill PID

## Force kill
$ kill -9 PID
Resources consuming by specific process
# Show running Java Process
$ jps

# Get stats for specific java process
$ ps -p <PID> -o %cpu,%mem,cmd


This post describes development environment on Ubuntu for Java developers but not limited to others. This is self reference post for myself to reinstall and configure my development environment with simple easy steps if something goes wrong with my Ubuntu OS.

I liked Kubuntu with its look and feel mimicking windows environment. Its better to download Kubuntu OS and configure it to run along side Windows 10 rather then updating Ubuntu to Kubuntu.

Hope this helps for those looking for who wants to get their hands dirty by developing on Ubuntu !!!


Madan Narra20 Posts

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Madan is a software developer, writer, and ex-failed-startup co-founder. He has over 10+ years of experience building scalable and distributed systems using Java, JavaScript, Node.js. He writes about software design and architecture best practices with Java and is especially passionate about Microservices, API Development, Distributed Applications and Frontend Technologies.

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