Best Java IDEs

Java is used pretty much anywhere thanks to its simplicity and convenience. This programming language can be found on game consoles, Android app and more. IDE stands for Integrated Development Environment and it is an all-inclusive software that allows you to edit, compile code and also to manage resources, In addition, it supports version controlling options and it provides deployment. You can also use it to access advanced debugging features. Here we will take a look at the best IDEs available.


Created by the Eclipse Foundation, this IDE enjoys a high level of popularity and apart from supporting Java, it is also suitable for PHP and CC++. Eclipse was the based IDE for the old Android SDK and it stands out for its fantastic community of developers and it is an open source solution with a great library of plugins created by users. Eclipse is updated regularly and it is compatible with Linux, Mac and Windows.


NetBeans is currently owned by Oracle and it is recognized as one of the best IDES of all times. It is fully modularized and all the IDE functions are available in packages known as modules. NetBeans supports easy integration with version control software. It was designed as an open source solution, meaning that anyone can audit it and contribute to it. NetBeans is also free and it is compatible with most platforms including Windows, Mac and Linux.

IntelliJ IDEA

Along with Eclipse and NetBeans, IntelliJ is one of the main Java IDEs available. This closed source solution offers a remarkable interface and it was selected as the base IDE for Android Studio, which is the new comprehensive solution from Google for developing Android apps. IntelliJ is available in two versions. The free option is known as the Community Edition, while the Ultimate Edition is a paid version that supports all the features. IntelliJ is developed by JetBrains and it work son Windows, Mac and Linux.


JDeveloper by Oracle is a free IDE that comes with a great selection of features including Version Control, Audit & Metrics, Debugging, Profiling and Refactoring. There are two versions available. The Studio edition includes a fully loaded tool set that allows you to create programs in Java. There is also a Java Edition, which is lighter and offers faster performance. Although the Java Edition doesn’t have ADF, UML or J2EE, it comes with the main functionality needed by beginners and less advanced Java coders.

Dr. Java

This lightweight Java IDE is aimed at students and those who are just getting started with Java. However, advanced users will also find features that suit their needs. This Jave IDE is maintained on Sourceforge and it is a free and open source solution supported by the JavaPLT Group at the Rice University in Texas. The interface of Dr.Java was designed using the Swing toolkit developed by Sun Microsystems and it supports multiple platforms.


Written in C++, jCreator will impress you with its great speed and efficiency. In fact, it is meant to be faster than IDEs that have been written in Java. The interface resembles earlier versions of Visual Studio and it can be customized to suit your preferences. While jCreator is a paid IDE, there is a free version available that doesn’t support features like auto code completion. jCreator is compatible with Windows only, although it can be run on Linux with the help of Vine.


BlueJ is designed as an educational tool, but it can also be useful if you are working in small projects and trying to create simple apps. The interface is fairly simple, ensuring that those who war just getting started can get the most out of it without issues. Objects and classes are shown in a clear, visual environment. BlueJ is designed to teach Object Oriented Programming, which means that it is ideal for beginners. It is a free and basic solution that is straightforward and efficient.


Greenfoot is ideal for beginners and it is designed to support interactive features. It focuses on visualization of data structure and it can be used to create basic programs and 2D Java games. It also supports great online sharing capabilities that are built-in to the IDE. It is possible to share your programs with other users so that they can provide feedback, or help you. You can also edit shared projects online. Greenfoot works on all major platforms.


jGrasp is focused on software visualization and it comes with features such as UML class diagrams that allow you to improve the readability of the code. It is an extremely lightweight Java IDE that is capable of generating visualization automatically. Its data structure identification mechanisms and the dynamic object viewers are other features available. jGrasp features Java code in a practical, readable textbook style view.

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