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Plugin Development Guidelines

In this section:

Before you start

  1. Download and install a JDK.
  2. Make sure that the Plugin DevKit plugin is enabled, see Enabling and Disabling Plugins.
  3. Optionally, download the IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition sources. This will make debugging your plugins much easier.

Developing plugins

To develop an IntelliJ IDEA plugin

Follow these general steps:

  1. Start IntelliJ IDEA.
  2. Configure the IntelliJ Platform Plugin SDK.
  3. Create a project for plugin development.
  4. Create the necessary source elements and write the source code.
  5. Run and debug your plugin.
  6. Prepare the plugin for publishing.

For more information on IntelliJ IDEA plugin development, refer to the Writing Plug-ins page.

See Also

Last modified: 21 March 2017