How to install LiteIDE on Debian or Ubuntu Linux

LiteIDE is a fantastic editor for anyone working with the Golang programming language. As of the date of this article (September 2015) it is certainly my IDE of choice. This article will describe the step by step process of installing LiteIDE on a Ubuntu Linux machine.


For future reference note the LiteIDE home page at As the project grows, I expect this Github page will become the primary source of information about LiteIDE.


Download the LiteIDE BZ2 archive from SourceForce at (as of this article the latest version is X28)

The file will generally be downloaded to $HOME/Downloads/liteidex##–#.linux-64.tar.bz2

In this case, the file name is liteidex28–1.linux-64.tar.bz2


Open a terminal in $HOME/Downloads and run sudo tar -C /usr/local -xjf liteidex28–1.linux-64.tar.bz2

This command extracts the archive. An explanation of the tar options are as follows:

-C: puts the extracted files into the specified directory
-x: extracts (or decompresses)
-j: specifies the BZip decoder
-f: specifies the file to extract


You can now run LiteIDE by opening a terminal and running /usr/local/liteide/bin/liteide

What next?

Your options from here are to create a launcher either in the main menu or in a panel, or to add /usr/local/liteide/bin to your $PATH environment variable.


Posted on Sep 12, 2015 in Articles & How To | Tags: TechnologyLinuxGoLangLiteIDEUbuntuDebian