Tips & Tricks

Tell us how you use IntelliJ IDEA

If you’ve already launched IntelliJ IDEA 10.5 you probably noticed this  “green notification” asking your permission to send information to JetBrains about your IntelliJ IDEA project configuration (which frameworks are used and which are not) and feature usage statistics (e.g. how often extract method refactoring is used).

We just want to say that this information is VERY important for us and will help us concentrate our efforts exactly on the tools and technologies that you really use.

Analyzing your “productivity” statistics (Help | Productivity Guide) can help us discovering some useful but rarely used actions and refactorings and publish more posts and tutorials about them.

If you’ve originally disabled this feature, we kindly ask you to think again and, if you change your mind, you can switch it ON in IDE Settings | Usage Statistics section.

All the data sent to JetBrains is anonymous and does not contain any personal information.

Thanks for all the stats!
The IntelliJ IDEA Team

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10 Responses to Tell us how you use IntelliJ IDEA

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    Denis says:

    May 12, 2011

    I couldn’t use it, because I couldn’t start it. All I see is a splash screen. Windows 7 64 edition.

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    sam says:

    May 12, 2011

    i love all the automated stuff 🙂
    but i rarely use the features which i must call by unlearnable keyboard shortcuts.
    it is hard to remember any of those shift+alt+ctrl+cmd+something shortcuts.
    redefining them all manually is very hard because there is no remove-all-shortcuts to start up from a clean base.

    but the heaviest point for me, why i am not using all the features from idea is – there is no using-this-feature-pays-off-in-this-or-that-situation. is a great place to put these stuff in but for me i can not find the needed information when-to-use-this-feature. it is just a how-to-use videa collection. i am not a osgi/spring/sql user so many of the features are absolutely unused from me.

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    Wolf Paulus says:

    May 12, 2011

    IntelliJ IDEA really is the best IDE for Java currently available and it’s fun to use. However, I find myself using it less and less since it has fallen behind as an IDE to develop Android Apps.
    A GUI layout tool is missing and the C/C++ language support doesn’t seem to work.
    Google’s Android Plugin for Eclipse isn’t a high bar but currently to high for IntelliJ.
    So sadly I’m not using it all that often anymore ..

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    Sujeet Singh says:

    May 13, 2011


    Instead of using that feature, why don’t you put up a survey at your site and collect
    the data required. Of late many companies have started collecting user’s data in this
    manner and many users just don’t like it!


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    Marek says:

    May 13, 2011

    I bet some plugin is preventing IDEA from starting. The same was for me, I disabled “Idea server plugin” in the 10.0.3 and 10.5RC works now, although it’s too buggy for me to use (plugins issues).

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    Arnon says:

    May 13, 2011

    Would be nice if help/productivity guide would highlight features that are often used by others and not used by me

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    Bryan A says:

    May 22, 2011

    @Sujeet Sing Instead of using that feature, why don’t you put up a survey at your site and collect the data required. Of late many companies have started collecting user’s data in this manner and many users just don’t like it!

    Surveys are what Jetbrains probably used in deciding to support all those frameworks and languages they currently do. But going forward where should they invest their resources? People exaggerate in surveys and surveys can’t show the exact features developers are using and what features are never used.

    But why would any developer have a problem with anonymous data being sent back to Jetbrains to help them improve IntelliJ? Hey they can have my stack traces and anything else they want.

    Seriously, we live in a world where people put there most personal information up on Facebook for all the world to see.

    Congratulations to the Jetbrain’s developers on releasing IntelliJ 10.5. Very impressive piece of software.

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    New idea user says:

    May 23, 2011

    I am having issues with the atlassian plugin. They were working fine with 10.0 but I get a null error at startup and hence the JIRA #Integration is broken for me.

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    Ilya says:

    December 27, 2012

    I would love to see C/C++ support at some point. Eclipse sucks.

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    V. K. says:

    November 28, 2017

    First of all why Java? It’s slow, it’s buggy and it’s GUI API is ugly and hard to improve.
    Why don’t you make a JS electron version of your IDE, it would be much more beautiful and you can achieve multithreading shared memory with native modules for Node.js, something that I love about Github’s Atom.

    I use this IDE as best of the worst for there are non decent IDEs out there at the very moment.

    We are in 2017 and the IDE design is like 2005 (which is kind of better than eclipse actually).

    The IDE has lots of bugs such as constantly indexing when there is something wrong with indexing something in a huge project and it never tells you what is the actual problem.

    I find funny to not have 60 fps on text scroll view, especially on a native language app where parallelism with shared memory is fully supported.

    Many of the logics of the IDE are not straightforward (maybe the developer found those solutions easier rather than make them user friendly.)

    For one of the most expensive IDEs out there I have high standards for you and you barely reach them.

    You code intellisense is fabulous which is why I am using your IDE.

    I always code in split views but the UI method you provide for this action is little bit hard to achieve smooth parallel coding work experience. I love how Github’s Atom handles split views, unfortunately the intellisense there is awful.

    I always dreamed of an IDE that is a design like Atom and with the intellisense of Intellij IDEs, I seriously desire you to upgrade your design.

    Also I am a former eclipse fan and I am setting up my keymap similar to eclipse’s default.

    I am constantly using arrow up and down to move lines between code but the IDE is not following the indents something that a plugin in Atom does very well actually.

    Indentation is not followed on empty lines when pasting, something that I find really annoying but it’s livable for now.