Install Light Table IDE and Create Launcher in Ubuntu Unity

This tutorial shows how to install Light Table IDE in Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04,12.10, 12.04 and manually create launcher for Unity Desktop.

As you may know, Light Table is a new interactive IDE that lets you modify running programs and embed anything from websites to games. It provides the real time feedback we need to not only answer questions about our code, but to understand how our programs really work.

Install Light Table IDE:

1.) Download Light Table from its homepage

2.) For global use, extract the download package and put the result folder to /opt/.

3.) You need to open Nautilus file browser as root to copy and paste Light Table Folder to /opt/. To do so, press Alt+F2 on your keyboard and type to run gksudo nautilus

Once done, you can open the IDE via command terminal:


NOTE: If you have problem launching it in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, run below command to fix:

  • for 32-bit:
    sudo ln -sf /lib/i386-linux-gnu/ /lib/i386-linux-gnu/
  • for 64-bit:
    sudo ln -sf /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/

Create Launcher for Light Table

1.) Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands to install required package:

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel --no-install-recommends

2.) Bring up the ‘Create Launcher’ dialog via below command:

sudo gnome-desktop-item-edit /usr/share/applications/ --create-new

Type in:

Name: Light Table
command: /opt/LightTable/LightTable
choose icon from /opt/LightTable/core/img/lticon.png