IntelliJ IDEA - Android Programming IDE Overview

Friday Sep 15th 2017 by Cynthia Harvey
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When it comes to programming Android, IntelliJ IDEA is considered one of the top IDEs.

See our complete list of Top Android Programming Integrated Development Environments.

IntelliJ IDEA for AndroidThe IntelliJ IDEA website describes IntelliJ IDEA as a "capable and ergonomic IDE for JVM." It has numerous features for Android development and provides the basis for Android Studio. This IDE has also won numerous awards, and the PYPL index ranks it as the sixth most popular, right behind NetBeans. It comes in both a free, open source Community edition and a paid Ultimate edition.

Developer/Owner: JetBrains

Key features:

  • Smart code completion
  • Data flow analysis
  • Language injection
  • Cross-language refactorings
  • Ergonomic, editor-centric environment with numerous shortcuts
  • Inline debugging
  • Version control
  • Integrated build tools
  • Integrated testing
  • Built-in decompiler
  • Support for enterprise frameworks

Programming languages supported: Java, Scala, Groovy, Kotlin, JavaScript, TypeScript, SQL

Target operating systems: Any operating system that supports Java

Runs on: Windows, Linux, macOS

System Requirements:

  • Windows XP or later, macOS 10.5 or higher (only 64-bit), or a Linux distribution with the KDE, Gnome or Unity DE desktop (64-bit recommended)
  • JDK
  • 1 GB RAM (2GB recommended)
  • 2.5 GB hard disk space
  • 1024 x 768 minimum resolution

Target audience:Professional Java developers

First production release: 2001

Most recent update/stable release:Version 2017.2 (July 017)

License:Community Edition has Apache 2.0 license; Ultimate Edition has a commercial license.

Price: Community Edition is free; Ultimate Edition starts at $149 for the first year for an individual or $499 per year for an organization, with numerous discounts available.

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