NetBeans IDE for Windows


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NetBeans IDE: An all-inclusive IDE for Java

NetBeans IDE offers a complimentary integrated development environment for programming creation. It supports a variety of programming languages, including C++, Java, PHP, and more. The development of NetBeans is a collaborative effort between the Apache Software Foundation and Oracle Corporation.

Alternatives to NetBeans include Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, PhpStorm, and Visual Studio Code. Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, and NetBeans are predominantly utilized for developing Java applications, whereas PhpStorm is specifically designed for PHP app development. Visual Studio Code, in contrast, is versatile and does not focus on a single scripting language. All of these IDEs are cross-platform, with the exception of Visual Studio Code.

What’s the purpose of using NetBeans IDE?

NetBeans IDE is a versatile tool used for creating applications online. It allows developers to build applications by initiating projects and generating files within them, with each file often representing a class. A single project may contain one or multiple files. To begin application development, you initiate a new project, which can be done by clicking on the icon featuring a tan folder and a green plus sign.


How to use of NetBeans?

Alternatively, a new project can be started through the 'File' tab. This action opens a window offering customization options. The initial step is selecting the project type you wish to develop. There are two main panels for selection: 'Categories' and 'Projects'. 'Categories' includes options like Java, JavaFX, and Maven, while 'Projects' offers a different array of choices. Selecting any category displays a concise description of it.

The next step involves naming your project and choosing its location. Project names should be continuous, without spaces between words. The default save location can be altered by clicking 'Browse' to navigate through your directory.

If 'Create Main Class' is left checked, the IDE will automatically generate code for you. You can uncheck this option if you prefer to write the code yourself. After hitting the 'Finish' button, your project appears in the upper left panel, signaling its creation.

Setting up a new file is the subsequent step in the development process. By selecting 'Java Class' from the context menu, you can create and name a new file. The file is associated with a project, which is listed under the class name. Once you confirm the class details and click 'Finish', the new file is saved to the appropriate project.

A Java development package

NetBeans features a reliable modular IDE architecture and is the leading environment for apps based on Java. It focuses on innovative solutions that reduce time spent writing code and live time for enhancing the audience experience.

Overall, the purpose of the bundles, automated features, and user-friendly tools help developers create apps more effectively and quickly.

Packed with tools, NetBeans brings a lot to the table when it comes to programming. Its main features include cross-platform support, a profiler, a visual debugger, tools for static analysis, a code editor, and code analysers, single and in batches.

Simpler coding

NetBeans employs a modular format, which makes it easier for users to put together modules and complete their code. The Versioning feature in each module lets programmers know whether the code in one fits with the rest.

There are also built-in modules and OSGi bundles for developers to use. That way, they can integrate third-party modules in their apps or develop their own.

There are three bundles to help with Java development. You can install them all at once or download them as needed.

The Web and Java EE offer CDI, REST, JSF, and tools for Bean titles. The PHP bundle comes with more specific functions, such as CVS version control, syntax highlighting, semantic analysis, and code folding.


If you want to create pluggable apps, you'll benefit from the function that enables you to add new features with each release cycle.

You can install, uninstall, activate, and deactivate modules at runtime. That way, the infrastructure of the app becomes more flexible, and the modules depend less on one another.

There is also Swing and CSS integration to help users see the look and feel of the app they're developing.

Cross-platform architecture

This IDE runs impeccably on Windows, OS, Linux, and other UNIX operating systems. With an Apache software foundation and a license by Oracle since 2010, NetBeans is extremely versatile.

Code editor

The code editor is super powerful, with templates, generators, and tips to facilitate the process. You can even extend it using plugins for extra functionality, and it supports multiple languages.

The editor works together with drag-and-drop tools to make the development of graphic user interfaces much easier. The GUI builder is easy to use and intuitive, too.

Static analysis

The tool for static analysis prevents buggy code and speeds up the process. Moreover, NetBeans integrates with the FindBugs tool that makes identifying and fixing common issues with Java code that much easier.

You'll also find a NetBeans profiler, with professional assistance for optimizing app speed and memory usage for more reliable applications.

Project management

This IDE provides you with several ways to view your data for easier understanding and project management.

The Projects Window is the first entry to your sources, showing you a logical view of essential content. The Files Window shows you all the files belonging to a project, and the Favourites allow you to add files and folders.

The Hierarchy Window shows you super- and subtypes of the selected Java file or folder.

What are the advantages of using NetBeans IDE?

  • Modular development: The platform enables you to construct your application and subsequently integrate new features, eliminating the need to redistribute the entire application. Modules can be installed or updated via a special ZIP file, known as an NBM, either locally or through a network. Incorporating new modules into your application's main build is straightforward, and it's feasible to create various builds containing different module combinations. You can incorporate modules developed by others, with the NetBeans platforms adeptly managing versioning and dependency issues.
  • Flexible user interface: NetBeans allows modifications in menus, toolbars, and keyboard shortcuts through an XML file, referred to as a layer file, that comes with your application. It's possible to replace existing labels and graphics and introduce a new aesthetic, such as JGoodies Looks, to further personalize your application.
  • Window management: The platform effectively administers 'windows' or top-level panels within the broader NetBeans frame. Users have the flexibility to reposition, resize, open, or close these windows, with the platform preserving each window's state and position for subsequent application launches.
  • Extensible file system implementation: NetBeans offers a unique abstraction of the standard class, named FileObject. Similar to, FileObjects can denote a physical file on disk or a file accessible via a URL. Additionally, FileObjects can represent data from other sources, such as version control systems, ZIP file contents, or database records.

Is NetBeans used professionally?

NetBeans is used professionally by various developers on different tasks, but some developers and projects require alternatives. For example, many people choose Eclipse, which is the main competitor of NetBeans, due to its speed and editing support.

Visual Studio Code is great for editing code without the need for a full-fledged IDE, for example, which is much better for simple projects.

PhpStorm is another excellent alternative to NetBeans, geared more towards professional use. Note, however, that this one comes with a fee, while NetBeans is a free IDE.

Microsoft Visual Studio is an excellent choice packed with similar features if your focus is more on C/C++ programming languages than Java.

Simple and full-featured

NetBeans IDE is the ideal IDE for starting your coding career, as it lays down the essentials for the users and creates a sustainable development process. Reliable and full-featured, it's quite powerful, too. However, it can be too heavy on the system, and more advanced developers might need more support for custom formatting. It may not, therefore, be ideal for all professional projects.



NetBeans IDE 15 for Windows
  • Windows 10,
  • Windows 8,
  • Windows Vista,
  • Windows 7,
  • Windows XP
Available languages:
  • English,
  • German
Latest update:
Wednesday, December 6th 2023


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