IntelliJ IDEA free for PC, Mac

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  • Developer JetBrains s.r.o.
  • Version 2023.1.3
  • License Open Source
  • Language en

IntelliJ IDEA is a beautiful and fully-powered integrated development environment for developing pieces of software and applications in Java, Groovy, Kotlin, or other JVM-based languages. It now stands as a fully-featured environment that will change your habits and improve your productivity.

What is IntelliJ IDEA?

IntelliJ IDEA is an integrated development environment (IDE) written in Java by JetBrains. Designed to assist you in developing Java, Kotlin, Groovy, and other JVM-based languages, it provides an excellent environment with many features. As a result, you can effectively build projects with your teammates, profile your apps, pimp your experience through tools, and focus on what matters.

What are the key features of IntelliJ IDEA?

  • User interface: The new UI is modern, classy, and improved based on all the users' feedback over the past years. You can easily organize your environment, rearrange your windows conveniently, take advantage of the Compact Mode to provide a more consolidated look, and build your ecosystem to your liking.

  • User experience: The interface is not the only aspect IntelliJ IDEA focuses on, as the whole user experience has been refined. Indeed, it now features Full IDE Zoom, the option to save all the different window layouts (so you can quickly change the layouts of the different windows), consult the onboarding tips for each new project, and more.

  • Profiler: Consistently and reliably profiling your application and project throughout development on different platforms is critical to ensuring you can deliver. Thanks to the built-in profiler, you can choose how collected data are displayed, like a flame graph, a call tree, a method list, and even JVM Events, and thoroughly analyze the data.

  • Code Insight: One of the most important features is the ability to provide users with deep code insight. The software offers in-depth coding assistance, quick navigation, intelligent error analysis, and refactorings. This is possible through chains and static members completion, data flow analysis, language injection, and cross-language refactorings, among others.

  • Ergonomics: IntelliJ IDEA aims to offer developers an optimized experience. To allow users to continue their workflow uninterrupted, it comes with an intuitive interface, shortcuts, an editor-centric environment, and an inline debugger.

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  • Collaborative: Thanks to Code With Me, an online collaborative experience, you can work on shared projects with your teammates with everyone using their screen and keyboard. What is impressive is that changes appear in real time across users as you edit and explore code. It also features audio calls and built-in voice to improve one-on-ones and group collaboration sessions. Furthermore, it features JetbBrains Space, a platform from where you can connect your IDE to a Space organization, view, and clone project repositories, create and perform code reviews, merge requests, assign and mention team members, or add reactions in code. But there are lots more features to discover, like Git and GitHub support, Local History, etc. In a nutshell, you are fully empowered to collaborate nicely and professionally.

  • Remote development: You can seamlessly work remotely thanks to the lightweight client providing a responsive JetBrains IDE UX and the remote server handling all the busy work. Hence, connect to your sessions from anywhere and focus on what matters without sacrificing time.

  • Plugins: Thanks to the vast plugin ecosystem, you can enhance and customize the core functionalities of IntelliJ IDEA but also add new ones. There are many possibilities, like adding Bash language support, pimping the UI, managing containerized applications through Kubernetes, getting a cute progress bar with Nyan Progress Bar, and much more.

  • Built-in Tools: IntelliJ IDEA has a whole pack of built-in developer tools. Those include a decompiler, a bytecode viewer, an FTP, a test runner and coverage, the ability to specify the Gradle project version, automatic Java SDK detection from the Gradle toolchain, and many more. Users can enjoy them from the start.

  • Languages: As mentioned above, IntelliJ IDEA is written in JAVA. However, it also supports many JVM and non-JVM frameworks and languages out of the box. It offers coding assistance for Spring, Java EE, Grails, Play, Android, GWT, Vaadin, Thymeleaf, React, and AngularJS, but it also understands Groovy, Kotlin, Scala, JavaScript, TypeScript, and SQL. In addition, Java 20 support has been added, and Scala braceless syntax and code editing have been improved.

How to use IntelliJ IDEA?

  1. Getting started is super easy, thanks to the finely-designed first-steps guide.
  2. Then, you can look at how to create your first Java application.
  3. You can also check the extensive plugin catalog on the Marketplace, learn how to manage shortcuts, or integrate with Git.
  4. Also, if you want to switch to IntelliJ IDEA, you can check how to migrate from Eclipse or how to migrate from NetBeans.

Is IntelliJ IDEA free?

We offer you the IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition, free to use forever and provides all the basic features for JVM and Android development. You can find all the subscription options on the official website.

Is IntelliJ IDEA safe?

The software seems to have no history of security issues or abusive data collecting. However, we recommend reading the official Privacy policy before installing.

How to update IntelliJ IDEA?

  • On Windows and Linux, go to File > Settings > Appearance & Behavior > System Settings > Updates.
  • On macOS, go to IntelliJ IDEA > Settings > Appearance & Behavior > System Settings > Updates.
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