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Class may extend a commonly used base class

Reports classes or interfaces that can be replaced with an implementation or extension of a more specific commonly used class or interface.

For this inspection to work, a superclass needs to be in project source files and the project needs to use the IntelliJ IDEA build system.


class MyInheritor implements A {} // B suggested on the A reference interface A {} abstract class B implements A {} abstract class C1 extends B {} abstract class C2 extends B {} abstract class C3 extends B {} abstract class C4 extends B {} abstract class C5 extends B {}

Locating this inspection


Can be used to locate inspection in e.g. Qodana configuration files, where you can quickly enable or disable it, or adjust its settings.

Via Settings dialog

Path to the inspection settings via IntelliJ Platform IDE Settings dialog, when you need to adjust inspection settings directly from your IDE.

Settings or Preferences | Editor | Inspections | Java | Inheritance issues

By default, this inspection doesn't highlight issues in the editor but only provides a quick-fix.

New in 2017.2


By default bundled with

IntelliJ IDEA 2024.1, Qodana for JVM 2024.1,

Can be installed with plugin

Java, 241.18072

Last modified: 18 June 2024