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Setting Up a Development Environment

Preliminary Steps

Use the following check list to ensure that you are ready to develop your custom plugins.

  • IntelliJ IDEA version 9.0 or later (either Community Edition or Ultimate) must be installed on your computer.
  • IntelliJ IDEA CE source code should be checked out to your local computer. This is not a requirement but will make it much easier for you to debug your plugins. For detailed instructions, refer to Check Out And Build Community Edition.
  • Plugin DevKit plugin must be enabled in IDE
  • IntelliJ Platform SDK must be configured for your IDEA project. For more information, see Configuring IntelliJ Platform SDK below.

Configuring IntelliJ Platform SDK

To set up your plugin development environment:

  • In the Sourcepath tab of the SDK settings, click the Add button:

    Add Sourcepath

  • Specify the directory into which you have checked out the sources of the Community Edition:

    Specify Source Paths

  • Select File | New | Module and choose the IntelliJ Platform Plugin module type

    IntelliJ Platform Plugin Module

  • Enter your desired plugin name.

  • Go to File | Project Structure and select the newly created IntelliJ Platform SDK as the default SDK for the plugin module:

    Set Plugin Module SDK

Last modified: 11 July 2017