Part 1.3: Install IntelliJ IDEA

This is an environment setup step and is only required the first time you write a plugin on your computer.

IntelliJ IDEA is an integrated development environment (IDE); a software application that provides a comprehensive set of tools for developing applications. By installing an IDE, developing plugins will be a lot simpler because it will assist you with writing the code you need, debugging and running tests. While you are free to develop your plugin with a different IDE, or without one, this guide uses IntelliJ IDEA for ease of development and better cross-platform support.


Before using this guide ensure that you have installed Java and Apache Maven on your computer as outlined in part 1: setting up your development environment.

Downloading IntelliJ IDEA

  1. Download the community edition of IntelliJ IDEA from

  2. Run the installer to install it on your computer.

On the first run, it will ask you to create a project. This can be skipped as plugin development will import a project after we have generated a new plugin from a Maven archetype.

Next steps

The next tutorial covers the generation of a new plugin from a Maven archetype template.