Open Source BlueJ Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to BlueJ is Eclipse. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to BlueJ and eight of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to BlueJ are Apache NetBeans (Free, Open Source), MonoDevelop (Free, Open Source), Waterbear (Free, Open Source) and DrJava (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Mar 24, 2021

    1. Eclipse is an extensible development platform with runtimes and application frameworks for building, deploying and managing software across the entire software lifecycle.
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      Most users think Eclipse is a great alternative to BlueJ.
    2. Development Environment, Tooling Platform and Application Framework.

      Discontinued

      Python plugin for NetBeans (nbPython) has been discontinued since v8.1

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    3. MonoDevelop enables developers to write desktop and web applications on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It also makes it easy to port .NET applications created with Visual Studio to Linux and Mac OS X maintaining a single code base for all platforms.

      Discontinued

      As of October 2021, the GitHub repository README has been updated to say "This project has not been built nor maintained since January 2020 and has been archived".

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    4. Waterbear is a toolkit for making programming more accessible and fun. Having a visual language means you don't have to focus on learning a syntax to start programming.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      DrJava is a lightweight development environment for writing Java programs. It is designed primarily for students, providing an intuitive interface and the ability to interactively evaluate Java code. It also includes powerful features for more advanced users.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Embitz is a free C/C++ IDE built to meet the most demanding needs of its users working in the field of embedded software development Finally, an IDE with all the features you need and operation across different targets (ARM, MSP430, PIC, ...).
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    5. Builds, install into the filesystem, then runs a software project.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      OpenBeans is an open-source IDE distribution. It is not a fork of Apache NetBeans, but a distribution, in the same way Ubuntu is a distribution based on Debian.
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