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Plugin Actions

The IntelliJ Platform provides the concept of actions. An action is a class derived from AnAction, whose actionPerformed() method is called when its menu item or toolbar button is selected.

Actions are the most common way for a user to invoke the functionality of your plugin. An action can be invoked from a menu or a toolbar, using a keyboard shortcut, or from the Help | Find Action… lookup.

Actions are organized into groups, which, in turn, can contain other groups. A group of actions can form a toolbar or a menu. Subgroups of the group can form submenus of a menu.

The user can customize all registered actions via Menus and Toolbars settings.

Please see Action System on how to create and register actions in the IDE.

Last modified: 15 May 2020