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    IntelliJ IDEA is described as 'integrated development environment (IDE) written in Java for developing computer software. It is developed by JetBrains, and vailable as an Apache 2 Licensed community edition, and in a proprietary commercial edition' and is a very popular IDE in the Development category. There are more than 50 alternatives to IntelliJ IDEA for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Chrome OS. Most alternatives are IDEs and Code Editors. The best alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. Other great apps like IntelliJ IDEA are Eclipse (Free, Open Source), VSCodium (Free, Open Source), Microsoft Visual Studio (Free Personal) and Apache NetBeans (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Apr 8, 2022
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    IntelliJ IDEA is an integrated development environment (IDE) written in Java for developing computer software. It is...
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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 IntelliJ IDEA opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Visual Studio Code is still a legitimate alternative to IntelliJ IDEA, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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      Ranogard Claiming that vscode is "just a text editor" is outrageous. For example "mousepad" does not feature debuggers, pylint support or git support. If this is a text editor, then the line between text editor and IDE is a very thin one.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

      mohsenr7596 Visual Studio Code is a text editor and is not an IDE
      Top negative comment  over 5 years ago

      hundvd7 Merely a (very smart) text editor. If you have less than 10 files in a project, it's perfect. Otherwise, an IDE will be the clearly superior choice.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

      it isn't a ide like idea, it's a text editor!
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

      It is not an IDE and does not have as good java support
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      Only a better text editor than an IDE !
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      It is more a code editor than an IDE like Intellij is.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    2. Eclipse is an extensible development platform with runtimes and application frameworks for building, deploying and managing software across the entire software lifecycle.
      Eclipse vs IntelliJ IDEA opinions
      Most users think Eclipse is a great alternative to IntelliJ IDEA.
      If you use free version of Idea - you cannot use normal editor for JS, HTML, CSS, JSP\SSP. For those scenarios - Eclipse is the best solution.
      Positive comment about 6 years ago

      Free, open sourced. And more manageable
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      Free, more flexible, more intuitive, better project management system.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago


    3. This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's Code - OSS (vscode) project, the open source core of the proprietary Visual Studio Code.
    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 IntelliJ IDEA opinions
      Some users think Microsoft Visual Studio is a great alternative to IntelliJ IDEA, some don't.
      It doesn't support Java at all
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

    5. Development Environment, Tooling Platform and Application Framework.


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

      Apache NetBeans vs IntelliJ IDEA opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Apache NetBeans is a great alternative to IntelliJ IDEA.
      is more robust. 100% write in JAVA.
      Positive comment over 6 years ago


    6. Android Studio is the official[7] integrated development environment (IDE) for Google's Android operating system, built on JetBrains' IntelliJ IDEA software and designed specifically for Android development.
      Android Studio vs IntelliJ IDEA opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Android Studio is a great alternative to IntelliJ IDEA.
      Android Studio is specifically for Android projects.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

      tijmen Android Studio and IntelliJ are essentially the same, the only difference is the logo.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

    7. Qt Creator is a cross-platform C++, JavaScript and QML integrated development environment which is part of the SDK for the Qt Framework.
      Qt Creator vs IntelliJ IDEA opinions
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      It is not for Java development.
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

      Qt creator is specifically made to create Qt SDK based projects only.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

    8. 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 more...
    9. Codeanywhere is a code editor in a browser with a powerful ftp client integrated, and all popular web formats are supported (HTML, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, and XML).
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      The repository "Code - OSS" (also known as vscode) is where Microsoft develops the Visual Studio Code product together with the community. This source code is available to everyone under the standard MIT license.
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