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What are the best Eclipse alternatives?

Eclipse is described as 'extensible development platform with runtimes and application frameworks for building, deploying and managing software across the entire software lifecycle' and is a leading IDE in the development category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Eclipse for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and KDE. The best alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. Other great apps like Eclipse are IntelliJ IDEA, Apache NetBeans, Microsoft Visual Studio and VSCodium.

Eclipse alternatives are mainly IDEs but may also be Text Editors or Code Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Eclipse.
This page was last updated May 11, 2022
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  1. Visual Studio Code is more than just a code editor, it provides the tools and extensions to compile, debug, compare, refactor, and even manage code repositories all within a highly-customised development environment.

    Visual Studio Code vs Eclipse opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Visual Studio Code is a great alternative to Eclipse.
    Ola

    Visual Studio code has rapidly became one of the best cross platform editors on the market, i would say it sits in between a full fledged IDE and a more simple editor. I love it!

    Top positive comment  about 4 years ago
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    5

    Modern and customizable code editor, which adapts perfectly to the needs of each programmer and each project.

    Top positive comment  over 1 year ago
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    Visual studio code is just a code editor, a code editor cannot be an alternative to an IDE like eclipse

    Top negative comment  about 2 years ago
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    3

    VSC is a code editor, Eclipse is an IDE

    Negative comment over 2 years ago
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    11

    Eclipse is an IDE, Visual Studio code is a code editor

    Negative comment almost 3 years ago
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    10

    I find it easy & much more productive than any other text editor.

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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    Visual Studio Code just allows you to write code, not even run it.

    Negative comment over 5 years ago
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  2. IntelliJ IDEA is an integrated development environment (IDE) written in Java for developing computer software. It is developed by JetBrains, and is available as an Apache 2 Licensed community edition, and in a proprietary commercial edition.

    IntelliJ IDEA vs Eclipse opinions
    Almost everyone thinks IntelliJ IDEA is a great alternative to Eclipse.
    marcinkowalski

    More polished and user friendly compared to Eclipse

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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    3

    IntelliJ IDEA Community is open-source under Apache 2.0 license.

    Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago
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    OKTAYMERCAN

    open source but not complately free, this app freemium :(

    Positive comment about 3 years ago
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    Zorkzero1

    It's a full-featured Java IDE.

    Positive comment almost 5 years ago
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    One of the top alternatives to eclipse!

    Positive comment almost 7 years ago
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  3. Development Environment, Tooling Platform and Application Framework.

    Discontinued

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

    Apache NetBeans vs Eclipse opinions
    Most users think Apache NetBeans is a great alternative to Eclipse.

    Netbeans is in my opinion quite similar to eclipse but easier to learn and use. Refactoring code (by changing the name of a variable) is a breeze. Just do Ctrl+R and the rest will follow. I have some experience using Netbeans to code Java. Right now I am eager to try it out for coding C as well.

    Positive comment over 6 years ago
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    Zorkzero1

    It's a full-featured IDE.

    Positive comment almost 5 years ago
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    They are almost identical, from how they manage, organize, programming languages available, tools. Differences only apear when digging through both.

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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    -1
    OKTAYMERCAN

    Nice ide support gui devolopment.

    Positive comment almost 4 years ago
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  4. 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.

    Microsoft Visual Studio vs Eclipse opinions
    Most users think Microsoft Visual Studio is a great alternative to Eclipse.
    NuncioBitis

    VS is only for Windows development. It's not meant for Mac or Linux.

    Negative comment about 1 year ago
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    externitoritus

    still the gold standard for C++

    Positive comment over 5 years ago
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    Zorkzero1

    It's a full-featured IDE.

    Positive comment almost 5 years ago
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  5. This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's Visual Studio Code - Open Source ("Code - OSS") project, the open source core of the proprietary Visual Studio Code.



  6. Geany is a small and lightweight Integrated Development Environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other packages.

    Geany vs Eclipse opinions
    Most users think Geany is a great alternative to Eclipse.

    lite weight, close to code

    Positive comment over 5 years ago
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  7. Python and Django IDE with refactorings, code completion, on-the-fly code analysis and other features, including version control integration, deployment, integration with issue trackers, and remote debugging.

  8. GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing. The features of GNU Emacs include:

    Some users think GNU Emacs is a great alternative to Eclipse, some don't.
  9. Neovim is Vim out of the box.

  10. Code::Blocks

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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.

    Most users think Code::Blocks is a great alternative to Eclipse.
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