Alternatives to NetBeans for all platforms with any license

  • Notepad++ icon


    Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.

    Open Source Windows

    • notepad++ one is a simple code editor, while netbeans is a full fledged IDE for java, php, etc.
      Guest • Aug 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Notepad++ is a simple code editor, while Netbeans is a full fledged IDE for java, php, etc.
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  • Eclipse icon


    Eclipse is an extensible development platform with runtimes and application frameworks for building, deploying and managing software across the entire software lifecycle. Many people know Eclipse as a Java IDE, but it is much more...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • It almost a head to head comparison, the only difference is the paradigm and methodologies used to attain the same goals
      Guest • Jul 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Microsoft Visual Studio icon

    Microsoft Visual Studio

    Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft. It is used to develop computer programs for Microsoft Windows, as well as web sites, web applications and web services. Visual Studio uses...

    Free Personal Windows Web / Cloud .NET Framework

    • VS is oriented for C, C++ and C# not Java, which is the prime target of netbeans
      NikosKeyzJun 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Brackets icon


    Brackets is an open-source editor for web design and development built on top of web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The project was created and is maintained by Adobe, and is released under an MIT License.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

    • Netbeans is more complex, knows PHP, JAVA, C++, while Brackets is for HTML, JavaScript, CSS.
      Guest • Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    IntelliJ IDEA

    IntelliJ IDEA is a free / commercial Java IDE by JetBrains. Its design is centered on programmer productivity. A number of its features are intended to accelerate development and allow programmers to concentrate on functionality while...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

  • Visual Studio Code icon

    Visual Studio Code

    Code combines the streamlined UI of a modern editor with rich code assistance and navigation, and an integrated debugging experience – without the need for a full IDE.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

  • PhpStorm icon


    Enjoy productive PHP and web development with PhpStorm. Take advantage of deep code understanding, top-notch coding assistance, and support for all major tools and frameworks.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Code::Blocks icon


    Code::Blocks is a free C++ IDE built to meet the most demanding needs of its users. It is designed to be very extensible and fully configurable. An IDE with all the features a developer need, having a consistent look, feel and...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

  • Aptana Studio icon

    Aptana Studio

    Aptana Studio is a complete web development environment that combines powerful authoring tools with a collection of online hosting and collaboration services that help you and your team do more. Includes support for PHP, CSS, FTP, and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Aptana is still in development on GitHub but latest version, 3.6.1, was released in October 2014. It lacks Java 8/9 features, as well as newer Javascript and HTML 5 features.
  • Komodo Edit icon

    Komodo Edit

    Komodo Edit is a fast, smart, free and open-source code editor. Switching your trusty code editor is hard, but give Komodo Edit (or its big brother Komodo IDE) a try: it'll be worth your while. Windows, Mac, Linux? Yes. PHP...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • WebStorm icon


    JetBrains WebStorm is a commercial IDE for JavaScript, CSS & HTML built on JetBrains' IntelliJ IDEA platform. WebStorm provides automatic code completion, on-the-fly code analysis, refactoring support and VCS integration.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Qt Creator icon

    Qt Creator

    Qt Creator is a cross-platform C++, JavaScript and QML integrated development environment which is part of the SDK for the Qt Framework. It includes a visual debugger and an integrated GUI layout...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • UltraEdit icon


    UltraEdit is the ideal text, HTML and HEX editor, and an advanced PHP, Perl, Java and JavaScript editor for programmers. An industry-award winner, UltraEdit supports disk-based 64-bit file handling (standard) on 32-bit Windows...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • PhoneGap icon


    PhoneGap is an open source development tool for building iPhone, Android, Blackberry and other mobile apps with JavaScript. It's an HTML5 app platform that allows you to author native applications with web technologies and get...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

  • Xcode icon


    Xcode is Apple's premiere development environment for Mac OS X. In addition to being packaged on the DVD with every copy of Mac OS X, the latest Xcode developer release is always available for free to ADC members and includes all...

    Free Mac

  • KDevelop icon


    KDevelop is a free, open source IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for Linux, Windows (beta) and macOS (experimental). It is a feature-full, plugin extensible IDE for C/C++, Python, JavaScript and PHP. It is based on...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD KDE

  • Xamarin Studio icon

    Xamarin Studio

    Type intelligently World-class code completion unlocks the iOS, Android, and OS X APIs. Quickly look up methods and types, and discover API functionality. Find bugs quickly Debug in a simulator or on a device. Set breakpoints...

    Freemium Mac Windows Microsoft Visual Studio

  • Bloodshed Dev-C++ icon

    Bloodshed Dev-C++

    Bloodshed Dev-C++ is a full-featured Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the C/C++ programming language. It uses Mingw port of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) as it's compiler. Dev-C++ can also be used in combination with...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued No longer developed. Last version, 5 Beta 9.2 (, released on February 21th 2005, is still downloadable, but a maintained version of Dev-C++ with updated code is
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  • Komodo IDE icon

    Komodo IDE

    Code smarter and faster with Komodo IDE, the cross-platform professional development environment for dynamic languages and open technologies. Komodo's award-winning feature set includes standard editor functionality like code...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • OpenJDK icon


    OpenJDK is the free version of the Java development platform. The OpenJDK project consists of a number of components. Principally these are HotSpot (the virtual machine), the Java Class Library and the javac Java compiler. The...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • Codiad icon


    Codiad is an open source, web-based, cloud IDE and code editor with minimal footprint and requirements

    Open Source Self-Hosted

  • CLion icon


    The intelligent cross-platform C/C++ IDE. CLion is a new IDE that helps you be more productive while developing apps with C and C++ for Windows, Linux and OS X. Take advantage of proven JetBrains expertise in code quality, efficient...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux C++

  • Projucer icon


    The Projucer is a comprehensive project management and code editing tool with a revolutionary C++ live coding environment which has full C++11 support.

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

  • Zend Studio icon

    Zend Studio

    Zend Studio for Eclipse combines proven capabilities to create the world’s most powerful IDE for Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). Studio's powerful developer tools combined with Adobe Flex Builder and integration with Zend...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Anjuta icon


    Anjuta is a versatile Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for C and C++ on GNU/Linux. It has been written for GTK/GNOME and features a number of advanced programming facilities including project management, application wizards...

    Open Source Linux GNOME

  • Editra icon


    Editra is a multi-platform text editor with an implementation that focuses on creating an easy to use interface and features that aid in code development. Currently it supports syntax highlighting and variety of other useful features...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • PyScripter icon


    PyScripter is a free and open-source Python Integrated Development Environment (IDE) created with the ambition to become competitive in functionality with commercial Windows-based IDEs available for other languages. Being built in a...

    Open Source Windows

  • Peppermint icon


    Peppermint is a tweakable Swiss Army knife for Coding on your Mac. Features - 60+ different syntaxes supported - 10+ different themes - Lots of different plugins/tools for everything you need - Instantly Run/Preview your code...

    Commercial Mac

  • Icecoder icon


    ICEcoder is a browser code editor which provides a modern approach to building websites. By allowing you to code directly within the web browser, online or offline, it means you only need one program (your browser) to develop sites...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

  • Appcelerator Titanium icon

    Appcelerator Titanium

    Appcelerator Titanium, offered for free by Appcelerator, lets web developers use web technologies, open source and cloud computing to build native apps for iPhone, Android, Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted

  • GNOME Builder icon

    GNOME Builder

    Builder is an IDE for GNOME that is focused on bringing the power of the platform to more developers than ever before.

    Open Source Linux

  • BlueJ icon


    BlueJ is an Integrated Development Environment for Java, developed mainly for educational purposes, but also suitable for small-scale software development. It was developed to support the learning and teaching of object-oriented...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Raspberry Pi

  • CodeLobster PHP Edition icon

    CodeLobster PHP Edition

    CodeLobster - Free portable PHP IDE with support Drupal, Smarty, WordPress, Joomla, JQuery, CodeIgniter, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, CakePHP, Facebook, Symfony

    Freemium Windows

  • HTML-Kit icon


    HTML Kit is a full-featured free editor for HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and other text files. 400+ plugins are available for it, including HTML Tidy for creating standards-compliant web pages. HTML-Kit has received 95%...

    Commercial Windows

  • C4droid icon


    C4droid is a user-friendly (but powerful) C/C++ IDE + C/C++ compiler for Android. Basic features: - Offline C compiler: create your own applications on Android device and run them even without Internet access - Source code editor...

    Commercial Android

NetBeans Comments

The best IDE for PHP

Positive Comment by Spaaaace
about NetBeans and Eclipse Oct 2015

The best IDE for php, visual and organization is better than eclipse. It has the perfect system of historic (the lasts change for file)

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Good for multi platform projects

Positive Comment by loucypher
about NetBeans Oct 2014

A bit heavy on some older, busy systems. The good part is on how easy is to create a seamless environment on different OSes, the nice editing and project environment.
I used it heavily for a commercial multi-targeted system (C/C++) on Linux / BSD / Windows / OS-X, and it was really helpful.
Give it a try, can be worth.


The best alternative to IDE PhpStorm free!

Positive Comment by Stonelabs
about NetBeans May 2014

I have long developed under Eclipse for php, I love eclipse and Atpana studio (which is more than légé eclipse), but eclipse has become too heavy when working in a Symfony2 project or another therefore, Netbeans much more stable and much less greedy than Eclipse IDE.
I've tested PhpStorm also that I love very much, but it pays. Testing and working with many IDE / Editor different, I could well compare the advantages and pitfalls of each (that difficult to find a good compromise).
And I can say that if you are looking for a similar alternative to PhpStorm for all who touch the php development frameworks Symfony2 and then Netbeans IDE which is closest to it.
In terms of the Top Free.


The best C++ IDE

Positive Comment by UnconditionalOne
about NetBeans Apr 2014

Been using it for about 4 years to code C++. This is the most feature packed and easy to use C++ IDE I've tried. The devs provided every little feature one can imagine to ease the development process. It's much faster than Eclipse even on large projects and has way cleaner interface. Its code navigation system is far ahead of any other IDEs and editors hands down.


Recommended add-ons

Positive Comment by m_i_c_a
about NetBeans May 2013

I really recommend you these add-on to netbeans :

  • prefixr (prefix your css with a shortcut)

  • emmet (fastest way to write html & css)

  • solarized dark theme (an awesome theme)

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NetBeans is not an alternative to Notepad++. Notepad++ is ...

Comment by aaronza
about NetBeans Jun 2011

NetBeans is not an alternative to Notepad++.

Notepad++ is designed to be lightweight.

Netbeans is the polar opposite of lightweight. It's bloated, massive, javastuff.

Netbeans is cross platform, so netbeans is an alternative to netbeans. Not to notepad++. Suggesting that it's an alternative shows a complete lack of understanding what notepad++ is.


I use this along site Notepad++. It still needs a lot more ...

Comment by s0me0ne
about NetBeans Jun 2011

I use this along site Notepad++. It still needs a lot more improvements and features.


I tried PHPEdit which was ok, then bought Komodo to do PHP ...

Comment by dunxd
about NetBeans Jun 2011

I tried PHPEdit which was ok, then bought Komodo to do PHP editing which was pretty good, then moved on to Eclipse, which was a real pain to get working. Netbeans is my current editor of choice for PHP. Combines well with SVN compared to all the others. Excellent product.


I found then NetBeans is perfect for PHP development: funct ...

Comment by jaub
about NetBeans Jun 2011

I found then NetBeans is perfect for PHP development: function cross-reference, autocomplete feature (with parameters), the amazing PHP debugging feature (using Xdebug), and so on.


If this project had more heart and mind share I would proba ...

Comment by ttmrichter
about NetBeans Jun 2011

If this project had more heart and mind share I would probably use it for all my software development needs. As it is I use it for anything JVM-related (although right now its support for application servers is a bit lacking -- Geronimo and JOnAS are not supported out of the box, for example). I find it a much cleaner environment to work in than Eclipse. Further, its support of Swing is unparallelled by any other IDE I've seen or tried. (Eclipse, for all practical purposes, doesn't support Swing, preferring its SWT library instead.)