Plugins extend the core functionality of IntelliJ IDEA:
Provide integration with version control systems, application servers, and other tools
Add coding assistance support for various languages and frameworks
Boost your productivity with shortcut hints, live previews, file watchers, and so on
Help you learn a new programming language with coding exercises and verification
Open plugin settings
Use the Installed tab to browse installed plugins, enable, disable, update, or remove them. Disabling unnecessary plugins can increase performance.
Most plugins can be used with any JetBrains product. Some are limited only to commercial products. There are also plugins that require a separate license.
If a plugin depends on some other plugin, IntelliJ IDEA will notify you about the dependencies. If your project depends on certain plugins, add them to the list of required plugins.
If some functionality is not covered by existing plugins, you can create your own plugin for IntelliJ IDEA. For more information, see Develop your own plugins.
By default, IntelliJ IDEA includes a number of bundled plugins. You can disable bundled plugins, but they cannot be removed. You can install additional plugins from the plugin repository or from a local archive file (ZIP or JAR).
Install plugin from disk
After you download the plugin archive (ZIP or JAR), do the following:
Custom plugin repositories
By default, IntelliJ IDEA is configured to use plugins from the JetBrains Plugin Repository. This is where all the community plugins are hosted, and you are free to host your plugins there. However, if you develop plugins for internal use only, you can set up a custom plugin repository for them.
For information about setting up a custom plugin repository, see the IntelliJ Platform SDK documentation.
Once you set up your plugin repository, add it to IntelliJ IDEA:
On the Plugins page, click and then click Manage Plugin Repositories.
In the Custom Plugin Repositories dialog, click and specify your repository URL. It must point to the location of the updatePlugins.xml file. The file can be on the same server as your custom plugins, or on a dedicated one.
Click OK in the Custom Plugin Repositories dialog to save the list of plugin repositories.
Click OK in the Settings/Preferences dialog to apply the changes.
To browse the custom plugin repository, type
repository: followed by the URL of the repository in the Marketplace tab of the Plugins page. For example:
Alternatively, you can replace the default JetBrains Plugin Repository with your custom repository URL. This can be helpful if you want only your custom repository plugins to be available from IntelliJ IDEA. To do this, edit the platform properties or VM options file as described below. For more information, see Advanced configuration.
Replace the default plugin repository with a custom one
From the main menu, select eitheror .
idea.plugins.hostproperty to the platform properties file or the
-Didea.plugins.hostoption to the VM options file. For example:idea.plugins.host="http://plugins.example.com:8080/"-Didea.plugins.host="http://plugins.example.com:8080/"
Make sure that there is no plugins.jetbrains.com URL.
Restart IntelliJ IDEA.
If you replace the default plugin repository with a custom one, the search field on the Marketplace tab of the Plugins dialog will browse only the plugins in your custom repository.
A project may require plugins that provide support for certain technologies or frameworks. You can add such plugins to the list of required plugins for the current project, so that IntelliJ IDEA will verify that the plugins are installed and enabled. It will notify you if you forget about some plugin, or someone on your team is not aware about the dependency as they work on the project.
Add a required plugin for your current project
After the required plugin is added, when you open the project in IntelliJ IDEA, it will notify you if the plugin is disabled, not installed, or requires an update.
Click the link in the notification message to quickly enable, install, or update the required plugin.
Develop your own plugins
You can use any edition of IntelliJ IDEA to develop plugins. It provides an open API, a dedicated SDK, module, and run/debug configurations to help you.
The recommended workflow is to use Gradle. The old workflow using the internal IntelliJ IDEA build system is also supported. For more information, see the IntelliJ Platform SDK Developer Guide.