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Free IntelliJ IDEA Alternatives

The best free alternative to IntelliJ IDEA is Visual Studio Code. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to IntelliJ IDEA and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to IntelliJ IDEA are Eclipse, VSCodium, Microsoft Visual Studio and Apache NetBeans.

IntelliJ IDEA alternatives are mainly IDEs but may also be Code Editors or Text Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of IntelliJ IDEA.
This page was last updated Jun 26, 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 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
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    mohsenr7596

    Visual Studio Code is a text editor and is not an IDE

    Top negative comment  over 5 years ago
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    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 10 months ago
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    it isn't a ide like idea, it's a text editor!

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

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    Only a better text editor than an IDE !

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

    Negative comment almost 5 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 over 6 years ago
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    Free, more flexible, more intuitive, better project management system.

    Positive comment about 4 years ago
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    Free, open sourced. And more manageable

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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  3. 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.

  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
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  5. Development Environment, Tooling Platform and Application Framework.

    Discontinued

    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
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  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.
    tijmen

    Android Studio and IntelliJ are essentially the same, the only difference is the logo.

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    Android Studio is specifically for Android projects.

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  7. Qt Creator is a cross-platform C++, JavaScript and QML integrated development environment which is part of the SDK for the Qt Framework.

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    It is not for Java development.

    Negative comment about 6 years ago
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    Qt creator is specifically made to create Qt SDK based projects only.

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  8. Aptana Studio

    • FreeOpen Source
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    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. Xcode

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    Xcode is Apple's premiere development environment for Mac OS X.

  10. goormIDE

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    goormIDE is a powerful cloud IDE service to maximize the productivity for developers and teams.

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