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CLion vs Eclipse: What are the differences?

Developers describe CLion as "A cross-platform IDE for C and C++". Knowing your code through and through, CLion can take care of the routine while you focus on the important things. Boost your productivity with the keyboard-centric approach (Vim-emulation plugin is also available in plugin repository), full coding assistance, smart and relevant code completion, fast project navigation, intelligent intention actions, and reliable refactorings. On the other hand, Eclipse is detailed as "IDE for Java EE Developers". Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform..

CLion and Eclipse can be categorized as "Integrated Development Environment" tools.

"Good editor" is the top reason why over 21 developers like CLion, while over 123 developers mention "Does it all" as the leading cause for choosing Eclipse.

According to the StackShare community, Eclipse has a broader approval, being mentioned in 248 company stacks & 138 developers stacks; compared to CLion, which is listed in 9 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.

Decisions about CLion and Eclipse
Manabu Tokunaga
CEO, Co-Founder at WinguMD · | 10 upvotes · 125.9K views

I originally chose IntelliJ over Eclipse, as it was close enough to the look and feel of Visual Studio and we do go back and forth between the two. We really begin to love IntelliJ and their suite of IDEs so we are now using AppCode for the IOS development because the workflow is identical with the IntelliJ. IntelliJ is super complex and intimidating at first but it does afford a lot of nice utilities to get us produce clean code.

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Pros of CLion
Pros of Eclipse
  • 26
    Good editor
  • 25
    Easy setup
  • 19
    Powerful refactoring, extremely smart IDE
  • 19
    Already one of the best C/C++ IDEs, even before launch
  • 18
    Cross-platform build
  • 15
    Clean, Sleek User Interface
  • 14
    Much faster and smarter than Intellisense
  • 9
    Great navigation, error messages and auto completion
  • 9
    Vertically/Horizontally split windows
  • 8
    Vim plugin
  • 6
    Not a 20gb installation
  • 3
    It is best IDE
  • 3
    Like this one because of - not a 20GB installation
  • 1
    Free Flowing C++ IDE
  • 130
    Does it all
  • 74
    Integrates with most of tools
  • 62
    Easy to use
  • 60
    Java IDE
  • 30
    Best Java IDE
  • 8
    Open source
  • 2
    Hard for newbews
  • 2
    Great gdb integration
  • 1
  • 1
    Great code suggestions
  • 1
  • 1
    Good Git client allowing direct stage area edit
  • 1
    True open source with huge contribution
  • 1
  • 0
    Works with php

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Cons of CLion
Cons of Eclipse
  • 2
    No good support for Makefiles
  • 1
    Not free, unless you are a student
  • 8
    2000 Design
  • 6
    Bad performance
  • 2
    Hard to use

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