3 Best Java IDEs of All Time

Here I am sharing the list of top 3 best Java ides of all time.

IDE is a combination of editor and compiler. It makes software development task little easier for programmers due its great features like code autocomplete, syntax highlighting, smart indentation, etc. For java there are various ides available in market and it become little difficult to decide best among them. To make your task little easier I have shared the list of some best java ides that are so popular among developers from last few years.

3 Best Java IDEs of All Time


Eclipse IDE Logo

It is one of the top pick for java developers from last 1 decade. I am personally using eclipse from last 5 years and it never disappointed me. It is an open source IDE that have huge number of plugins, awesome features and good community support. Apart form java it also allows programmers to work on other popular languages like C, C++, PHP, JavaScript, etc. It can run on all popular operating systems.


NetBeans IDE Logo

It is another good option for java development. I have also used it for some time but did not liked it as I liked eclipse (my personal opinion). It doesn’t mean NetBeans is not good and don’t have good features. NetBeans is the second most used java ide among developers.

NetBeans ide was originally owned by Sun Microsystems but later acquired by Oracle Corporation. The primary aim of NetBeans was for java development but now it can be used for C, C++, PHP, etc. You would be surprised to know that NetBeans ide is written in Java language and used for java development. It is a cross platform ide and can work on all popular operating systems.


IntelliJ IDE Logo

IntelliJ is developed by JetBrains and this is the most liked ide by me after eclipse. IntelliJ has got huge popularity in last few years. Android Studio, official ide for android development also runs on IntelliJ platform. As I am also an android developer so using IntelliJ from last 2 years and it works with charm.

Apart from java it also supports various other technologies like python, php, android development, etc. It is also a cross platform ide and works on all popular operating systems.

Google Trends Comparison

Below I have compared these 3 ides and it shows their popularity on google for last 1 year. From below screenshot you can observe that Eclipse is so much popular than NetBeans and IntelliJ while both NetBeans and IntelliJ have almost similar popularity.

Best Java IDE Google Trends Comparison

Note: Here numbers represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart for the given region and time. A value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular. Likewise a score of 0 means the term was less than 1% as popular as the peak.

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