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IntelliJ IDEA
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IntelliJ IDEA 2018.1 EAP Community Edition
IntelliJ IDEA 2018.1 EAP Community Edition
Stable release
2019.1 (build 191.6183.87)[1] / March 27, 2019; 50 days ago (2019-03-27)[3]
Preview release
2019.1.1 Preview (build 191.6707.7)[2] / April 3, 2019; 43 days ago (2019-04-03)[4]
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Written inJava and Kotlin
Operating systemWindows, macOS, Linux
TypeJava IDE

IntelliJ IDEA 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,[5] and in a proprietary commercial edition. Both can be used for commercial development.[6]


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.[7][8]

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.[9]

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.[10] Other development environments based on IntelliJ's framework include AppCode, CLion, DataGrip, GoLand, PhpStorm, PyCharm, Rider, RubyMine, WebStorm, and MPS.[11]

System requirements[12][edit]

Windows macOS Linux
OS Version Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or later macOS 10.11 or later Any 64-bit distribution that supports Gnome or KDE. Latest version of Debian, Ubuntu, or RHEL are recommended.
RAM 2 GB minimum; 8 GB or more recommended for Android development and commercial production.
Disk space 1.5 GB hard disk space + at least 1 GB for caches
JDK Version JDK 1.8 since 2016.[13]
JRE Version JRE 1.8 is bundled.[14]
Screen resolution 1024×768 minimum screen resolution. 1920×1080 is a recommended screen resolution.


Coding assistance[edit]

The IDE provides certain features[15] 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[15] 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. Plugins can be downloaded and installed 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[16] plugins available, while the Ultimate edition has 1626.[17] These figures are much smaller than those of editors such as Atom, which has over 7000 packages (essentially plugins). However, some features that are included by default in IntelliJ can only be added to Atom by installing packages. For example, linting is built into IntelliJ, and it can be installed in Atom, per programming language, with a variety of packages.

Supported languages[edit]

The Community and Ultimate editions differ in their support for various programming languages as shown in the following table.[18] Supported in both Community and Ultimate Edition:

Supported only in Ultimate Edition:

Technologies and frameworks[edit]

Supported in both Community and Ultimate Edition:

Supported only in Ultimate Edition:[18]

There was a free plugin from Atlassian for IntelliJ available to integrate with JIRA,[28] Bamboo, Crucible and FishEye. However, the software called IDE-Connector was discontinued on June 1, 2015.[29]

Software versioning and revision control[edit]

The two editions also differ in their support[18] for software versioning and revision control systems.

Supported in both Community and Ultimate Edition:

Supported only in Ultimate Edition:

See also[edit]


  • Saunders, Stephen; Fields, Duane K.; Belayev, Eugene (March 1, 2006), IntelliJ IDEA in Action (1st ed.), Manning, p. 450, ISBN 1-932394-44-3
  • Davydov, S.; Efimov, A. (May 2005), IntelliJ IDEA. Professional'noe programmirovanie na Java (V podlinnike) (1st ed.), BHV, p. 800, ISBN 5-94157-607-2


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