Enabling Java EE Application Support
- Overview of the features
- Turning on the JavaEE Application option
- Managing deployment descriptors
- Managing application artifacts
- You should be using the ULTIMATE Edition of IntelliJ IDEA. (The corresponding functionality is not available in the Community Edition.)
- The Java EE: EJB, JPA, Servlets plugin must be enabled. (This plugin is bundled with the IDE and enabled by default.)
Overview of the features
META-INF/application.xml, an enterprise application archive deployment descriptor.
- Creates a Java EE Application facet that lets you specify the locations of your
application.xmland application server-specific deployment descriptors (e.g.
- Creates an Exploded EAR artifact configuration.
- Makes various quick fixes available in the Project Structure dialog, e.g. for synchronizing
application.xmlwith the structure of your EAR artifact.
- Makes the JavaEE:App tool window available.
If you turn on the JavaEE Application option when creating a project or module and specify an application server, IntelliJ IDEA also creates a run/debug configuration for that server.
Turning on the JavaEE Application option
- When creating a project or module ( or ). On the first page of the New Project or the New Module wizard, select Java Enterprise, and then select the JavaEE Application check box under Additional Libraries and Frameworks.
- For an existing module. In the Project tool window (), right-click the module folder and select Add Framework Support. Then select the JavaEE Application check box in the dialog that opens.
Managing deployment descriptors
- Open the Project Structure dialog (e.g. Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S).
- In the leftmost pane, select Modules or Facets.
- In the pane to the right, select javaEEApplication.
- On the page that opens in the right-hand part of the dialog, form the list of deployment descriptors for your application.
Managing application artifacts
To deploy your application to a server, you need an application artifact. For Java EE applications, IntelliJ IDEA provides the following artifact formats:
- JavaEE Application: Exploded. This is a decompressed enterprise application archive (EAR), a directory structure that is ready for deployment onto an application server.
- JavaEE Application: Archive. This is, obviously, an EAR file.
See also, Working with Artifacts.