Eclipse vs IntelliJ IDEA

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Eclipse vs IntelliJ IDEA: What are the differences?

Eclipse: 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.; IntelliJ IDEA: Capable and Ergonomic IDE for JVM. Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages.

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

"Does it all", "Integrates with most of tools" and "Easy to use" are the key factors why developers consider Eclipse; whereas "Fantastically intelligent", "Best-in-class ide" and "Many languages support" are the primary reasons why IntelliJ IDEA is favored.

According to the StackShare community, IntelliJ IDEA has a broader approval, being mentioned in 815 company stacks & 1065 developers stacks; compared to Eclipse, which is listed in 248 company stacks and 140 developer stacks.

Decisions about Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA
Samriddhi Sinha
Machine Learning Engineer at Chefling · | 6 upvotes · 217.4K views

Lightweight and versatile. Huge library of extensions that enable you to integrate a host of services to your development environment. VS Code's biggest strength is its library of extensions which enables it to directly compete with every single major IDE for almost all major programming languages.

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Manabu Tokunaga
CEO, Co-Founder at WinguMD · | 10 upvotes · 122.2K 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 Eclipse
Pros of IntelliJ IDEA
  • 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
    Great gdb integration
  • 2
    Hard for newbews
  • 1
    Lightweight
  • 1
    Great code suggestions
  • 1
    Professional
  • 1
    Good Git client allowing direct stage area edit
  • 1
    Extensible
  • 0
    Works with php
  • 291
    Fantastically intelligent
  • 240
    Best-in-class ide
  • 187
    Many languages support
  • 152
    Java
  • 118
    Fast
  • 77
    Code analysis
  • 77
    Reliable
  • 75
    Out of the box integration with maven, git, svn
  • 63
    Plugin architecture
  • 59
    Integrated version control
  • 10
    Code refactoring support
  • 9
    Best java IDE
  • 6
    Local history
  • 5
    Built-in terminal/run tools
  • 5
    Integrated Database Navigator
  • 4
    All
  • 4
    Code Completion
  • 4
    Free If you're a Student
  • 3
    Cross platform
  • 3
    IDE
  • 3
    ERD Diagrams
  • 3
    Database/Code integration
  • 3
    Kotlin
  • 3
    Base for Android Studio
  • 3
    Free for open-source development, students and teacher
  • 2
    Reformating Code
  • 2
    Command-line tools
  • 2
    Out Of The Box features
  • 2
    Android Integration
  • 2
    Server and client-side debugger
  • 2
    Multicursor support
  • 2
    Free
  • 2
    Intuitive
  • 2
    Vim support
  • 2
    Special icons for most filetypes in project list
  • 2
    Live Templates
  • 2
    Supports many frameworks
  • 2
    Scala support
  • 2
    Typescript support
  • 2
    More than enough languages for any developer
  • 2
    Built-in web server
  • 1
    Its fake intellisense is better than real IntelliSense
  • 1
    Open source
  • 1
    So modernised
  • 1
    Clean UI
  • 1
    Works fine with mac os catalina
  • 1
    A lot of plugin
  • 1
    Just works
  • 1
    Integrated Ssh/Ftp Managers
  • 1
    Full support
  • 1
    Task managers
  • 1
    Diff tools
  • 1
    File Watchers
  • 1
    Support for various package managers
  • 1
    Integrated Code Linting
  • 1
    Column Selection Mode
  • 1
    Efficient, one Stop solution

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Cons of Eclipse
Cons of IntelliJ IDEA
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    2000 Design
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    Bad performance
  • 2
    Hard to use
  • 17
    Large footprint required to really enjoy (mem/disc)
  • 11
    Very slow
  • 5
    Bad for beginners
  • 4
    UI is not intuitive
  • 3
    Constant reindexing
  • 3
    Not nearly as many tools to integrate as vs code
  • 2
    Needs a lot of CPU and RAM power
  • 1
    Built in terminal is slow
  • 1
    Ruby is a plug in
  • 1
    Doesn't work that well with windows 10 edu
  • 0
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What is Eclipse?

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.

What is IntelliJ IDEA?

Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages.

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What are some alternatives to Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA?
Android Studio
Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.
Visual Studio
Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.
NetBeans IDE
NetBeans IDE is FREE, open source, and has a worldwide community of users and developers.
PyCharm
PyCharm’s smart code editor provides first-class support for Python, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, CSS, popular template languages and more. Take advantage of language-aware code completion, error detection, and on-the-fly code fixes!
Atom
At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.
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