Eclipse or IntelliJ

I started to use intelliJ since the release of Anrdroid Studio, not much however.

Recently I stared to check again this time more detailed and in-depth.

I also wanted to check what others think about this and probably having longer experience than I had.

There is a nice summary(

  • Plugins: Eclipse marketplace offers 1,276 plugins, and the Intellij Plugin Repository offers 727 plugins. This difference is not to be taken lightly, since plugins for new technologies will usually be developed mainly for Eclipse (e.g. Android, Drools, Activiti, etc). Moreover, Eclipse is easier to extend. When working on a specific technology most chances are that if a plugin exists, it will be an Eclipse plugin.
  • Multiple projects: This is an Eclipse winner for sure. It has the ability to open multiple projects in the same window, giving the coder control over dependencies and relations. Intellij has an option to open one project with multiple modules, but we found it to be cumbersome, and in times a little buggy. If you are going to use a lot of projects together and hate to switch windows, Eclipse is your choice.
  • Multiple languages: We have stated that we will only examine the Intellij Community Edition that supports Java, Groovy and Scala. However, if you plan to create a Python server, combined with Ajax & Html, joint with a java web server, or any other exotic language combinations, than Eclipse is your choice.
  • Code completion & inspection: While Eclipse has the ability to add plugins such as checkstyle, this one definitely goes for Intellij. The default code completion and assistance in Intellij is faster and better. If you are a rookie developer, Intellij can improve your code.
  • Usability: Intellij user experience is much easier to grasp. The learning curve in Intellij is by far faster. It seems using Intellij makes developing easier and more natural. Dropdowns, code completion, quick view, project wizards, etc, are all possible both in Eclipse and Intellij, but the experience in Intellij is much more satisfying.
  • Performance: The more plugins are installed on the IDE, the more heavy it is for your computer. However, saying that, Eclipse handles very large projects faster. Moreover, both of the IDE’s seems to be RAM junkies. Projects usually open faster in Eclipse, as Intellij indexes the entire project on startup, but while working on an existing project, Intellij works smoother. For example we have a huge SOAP project, which is impossible to work on with Intellij, so some of us even learn Eclipse just for that.
  • Repository integration: Both of the IDE’s have SVN\GIT\etc plugins. No doubt Intellij’s plugin is more reliable, has better GUI and easier to use.
  • GUI builder: We found that the built in Intellij GUI builder is more comfortable, and as mentioned above, usability wise its easier to learn, and more enjoyable to develop.

Well I have exactly the same opinion:

  • IntelliJ seems cooler and easy to use
  • The user experience overall in IntelliJ is better.
  • Repository integration is more stable on IntelliJ (but who does that from the IDE, shell rullezz 🙂
  • Eclipse can handle big and more projects much more nicely
  • Eclipse quite more plug-ins and more updates also (also if you don’t like smth u can change it yourself)
  • Eclipse if the total winner when talking about integrating many different projects on many different languages
  • Eclipse is the absolute winner when comes to plug-in and RCP development

So finally my decision is I would use Eclipse overall and IntelliJ for single android projects.

Something more for the ones using Gradle (from


Gradle Eclipse support is developed by the SpringSource STS team. You can either use it via STS or install it separately. The Gradle Eclipse plugin provides the best IDE integration so far. It allows you to import Gradle projects into Eclipse. The information from the Gradle build script is used to configure your project in Eclipse. The import wizard is pretty smart. You can do partial imports of multi-project builds. You can also choose different naming patterns for sub-projects. You can even define Gradle tasks that should be run before and after an import/refresh. Additionally the Gradle plugin provides a runner for executing Gradle builds. The Gradle plugin also detects Gradle build scripts and automatically enables Groovy editor support for those files. That gives you syntax highlighting, syntax check and auto formatting.

Of course you can also use the Eclipse plugin for Gradle to generate the Eclipse metadata.


Jetbrains has added support for Gradle with IDEA 11. You can import a Gradle project like you can import a Maven one. There is much more to come. New versions of the Gradle plugin will be released independently of IDEA.

Of course you can also use the IDEA plugin for Gradle to generate IDEA metadata.

Hope this helps to some of you in situation like me 🙂