IntelliJ IDEA

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IntelliJ IDEA
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IntelliJ IDEA 2016.3 EAP Community Edition
IntelliJ IDEA 2016.3 EAP Community Edition
Developer(s) JetBrains
Stable release
2017.3 Build: 173.3727.127 / November 30, 2017; 47 days ago (2017-11-30)[1]
Preview release
2017.3.3 EAP 173.4301.14 / January 9, 2018; 7 days ago (2018-01-09)[2]
Development status Active
Written in Java
Operating system Windows, macOS, Linux
Type Java IDE

IntelliJ IDEA (pronounced /ɪnˈtɛlɪ ˈdiə/) is a Java integrated development environment (IDE) for developing computer software. It is developed by JetBrains (formerly known as IntelliJ), and is available as an Apache 2 Licensed community edition,[3] and in a proprietary commercial edition. Both can be used for commercial development.[4]


The first version of IntelliJ IDEA was released in January 2001, and was one of the first available Java IDEs with advanced code navigation and code refactoring capabilities integrated.[5][6]

In a 2010 Infoworld report, IntelliJ received the highest test center score out of the four top Java programming tools: Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, NetBeans and JDeveloper.[7]

In December 2014, Google announced version 1.0 of Android Studio, an open source IDE for Android apps, based on the open source community edition of IntelliJ IDEA.[8] Other development environments based on IntelliJ's framework include AppCode, CLion, PhpStorm, PyCharm, RubyMine, WebStorm, and MPS.[9]

System requirements[10][edit]

Windows macOS Linux
OS Version Windows 10/8/7 x64 macOS 10.8 or later GNOME or KDE desktop
RAM 1 GB minimum; 4 GB or more recommended for Android development And commercial production.
Disk space 300 MB hard disk space + at least 1 GB for caches
JDK Version JDK 1.8 since 2016.1[11]
Screen resolution 1024×768 minimum screen resolution


Version 2017.1 includes support for the upcoming Java 9, a UI designer for Android development, Play 2.0 and Scala.

Coding assistance[edit]

The IDE provides certain features[12] like code completion by analyzing the context, code navigation which allows jumping to a class or declaration in the code directly, code refactoring and options to fix inconsistencies via suggestions.

Built in tools and integration[edit]

The IDE provides[12] integration with build/packaging tools like grunt, bower, gradle, and SBT. It supports version control systems like Git, Mercurial, Perforce, and SVN. Databases like Microsoft SQL Server, ORACLE, PostgreSQL, and MySQL can be accessed directly from the IDE.

Plugin ecosystem[edit]

IntelliJ supports plugins through which one can add additional functionality to the IDE. One can download and install plugins either from IntelliJ's plugin repository website or through the IDE's inbuilt plugin search and install feature. Currently IntelliJ IDEA Community edition has 1495[13] plugins available, where as the Ultimate edition has 1626[14] plugins available.

Supported languages[edit]

The Community and Ultimate editions differ in their support for various programming languages as shown in the following table.[15]

Languages IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate Edition
Java Yes Yes
CloudSlang (via separate plugin) Yes Yes
Clojure (via separate plugin) Yes Yes
Dart (via separate plugin) Yes Yes
Erlang (via separate plugin) Yes Yes
Go (via separate plugin) Yes Yes
Groovy Yes Yes
Haxe (via separate plugin) Yes Yes
Perl (via separate plugin) Yes Yes
Scala (via separate plugin) Yes Yes
Kotlin Yes Yes
ActionScript/MXML No Yes
CoffeeScript No Yes
Haskell (via separate plugin) Yes[16] Yes
JavaScript No Yes
Lua (via separate plugin) Yes[17] Yes
PHP (via separate plugin) No Yes
Python (via separate plugin) Yes[18][19] Yes
Ruby/JRuby No Yes
SQL No Yes
TypeScript (via separate plugin) No Yes

Technologies and frameworks[edit]

Community Edition supports the following:[15]

Ultimate Edition supports the following:[15]

Ultimate Edition also supports the application servers Geronimo, GlassFish, JBoss, Jetty, Tomcat, Weblogic, and WebSphere.[15]

There was a free plugin from Atlassian for IntelliJ available to integrate with JIRA,[22] Bamboo, Crucible and FishEye. However, the software called IDE-Connector was discontinued on June 1st 2015. [23]

Software versioning and revision control[edit]

The two editions also differ in their support[15] for software versioning and revision control systems.

IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate Edition
CVS Yes Yes
Git Yes Yes
GitHub Yes Yes
Mercurial Yes Yes
Subversion Yes Yes
Team Foundation Server No Yes
ClearCase No Yes
Perforce No Yes
Visual SourceSafe No Yes

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]



  1. ^ "IntelliJ IDEA 2017.3: Smarter Coding Assistance, Better Debugger, Run Dashboard, Frameworks Support and More"
  2. ^ IntelliJ IDEA Confluence: "IDEA 2017.3 EAP"
  3. ^ IntelliJ Source Code
  4. ^
  5. ^ "IntelliJ IDEA :: Java refactoring plus sophisticated code refactoring for JSP, XML, CSS, HTML, JavaScript". JetBrains. 
  6. ^ Martin Fowler. "Crossing Refactoring's Rubicon". 
  7. ^ Andrew Binstock (22 September 2010). "InfoWorld review: Top Java programming tools". InfoWorld. 
  8. ^ "Google releases Android Studio 1.0, the first stable version of its IDE". VentureBeat. 8 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "What is the IntelliJ Platform?". VentureBeat. 23 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "IntelliJ IDEA :: Download Latest Version of IntelliJ IDEA". JetBrains. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  11. ^ IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1 is Here
  12. ^ a b "IntelliJ IDEA :: Features". JetBrains. Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  13. ^ "JetBrains Community Edition Plugin Repository". Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  14. ^ "JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA Plugin Repository". Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  15. ^ a b c d e "IntelliJ IDEA Editions Comparison". JetBrains. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  16. ^ Haskell language support
  17. ^ Lua For IDEA
  18. ^ Python Community Edition
  19. ^ JetBrains Delights the Python Community with a Free Edition of its Famous IDE, PyCharm 3.0
  20. ^ JetBrains Delights the Python Community with a Free Edition of its Famous IDE, PyCharm 3.0
  21. ^ "Built-in SBT Support in IntelliJ IDEA 13". JetBrains. 18 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "IDE Connectors". Atlassian. 
  23. ^

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