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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...

    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
    • Eclipse and NetBeans are a very good java-based IDEs ErrepuntoJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Support for Keyboard Shortcuts, Eclipse MarketPlace, SCM Integration, CheckStyle Integration, Autocomplete jrmclaughlin6 days ago Disagree   Agree
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    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...

    Free Personal Windows Web .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...

    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
    • Brackets is a text editor while Netbeans is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Brackets is in same class with Notepad++, Atom and Sublime Text. Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Brackets is not an IDE for Java and other languages, as NetBeans is ErrepuntoJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • 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.

  • IntelliJ IDEA icon

    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...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

    • Good code Copmlection like inellisense and very user-friendly. mohsenr7596Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    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...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • WebStorm icon


    JetBrains WebStorm is a commercial IDE for JavaScript, CSS & HTML built on JetBrains' IntelliJ IDEA platform. WebStorm provides automatic code completion...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • 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...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

    No features added Add a feature
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    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...

    Free Mac

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  • 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...

    Open Source Windows

    No features added Add a feature
    • 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

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! 1 Helpful

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 1 Helpful

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.)