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IntelliJ IDEA 15 EAP Supports Grails 3

If you are a Grails developer, you’ll be happy to know that IntelliJ IDEA 15 EAP brings the long-awaited support for Grails 3.  Now you can enjoy both: the latest features of your favorite web framework, and the coding assistance of your favorite IDE:


Coding assistance also includes navigation between your injected dependencies:


Note: to enable this feature in the latest EAP build, you have to manually define the conf/spring/resources.xml file. In the next EAP build, this will work out of the box.

Since Grails 3 is built on Spring Boot, to run or debug your Grails application, you can simply run/debug your main method:


The old Grails run configuration accepting the Grails command line (e.g. run-app) is still there if you need it.

Since Grails 3 uses a new Gradle-based build system, Grails support fully leverages the IntelliJ IDEA Gradle integration: project dependencies are resolved automatically, you can run Gradle tasks, and rely on coding assistance when editing build files:


The current support also has its limitations:

  • The IDE doesn’t provide Grails Shell
  • Creating a new Grails 3 project is done via a separate item in the Project Wizard (and you still have to specify the path to your Grails SDK).
  • We drop the Grails tool window. We’re sorry about it, but for now we’ve decided to focus more on the in-editor coding assistance. Still we plan to come up with a view that is unified for all MVC frameworks in the future.

Download the latest IntelliJ IDEA 15 EAP build, give it a try, and share your feedback with us by writing to our discussion forum or submitting bug reports to the issue tracker.

Develop with Pleasure!


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