IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1: What’s New for Spring Developers

With every update we keep on improving our Spring frameworks support. In IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1 we focused on Spring Boot and plain Java-config configurations experience (of course, in addition to addressing other reported issues). During the EAP we already mentioned better Spring Boot support. In this post, we’d like to provide more details on improvements for Spring MVC, Spring Data and Spring Core.

Spring MVC

We’ve added support for @EnableWebMvc  annotation:


Now working with annotation-based Spring MVC projects is fully supported as IntelliJ IDEA detects and configures Spring facet automatically:


As you’d expect, there’s smart code completion in the corresponding setup methods:


Editor gutter icons

All Spring-related gutter icons can now be configured via Settings:


Changing active profile

We’ve also added a new action called Change Active Spring Profiles allowing you to change the active profile for a selected module or the entire project in one step.


Spring Data

Non-annotated beans extending CrudRepository  now are resolved correctly.

Spring Core

  • The aliases defined with @AliasFor  for @Bean , @Import  and @ContextConfiguration  are fully supported now.
  • We’ve added support for @EnableBatchProcessing , @EnableLoadTimeWeaving  and @EnableSpringDataWebSupport .
  • New for Spring 4.3: @Autowired  is not required if the bean defines only one constructor.
  • The facet configuration now processes context dependencies recursively.
  • Also, we’ve fixed a great number of issues related to autowiring.
  • Performance has been significantly improved for projects using Spring AOP and Spring MVC.
  • Developers having a large number of XML configuration files will notice great decrease in memory usage.
  • See the complete list of resolved issues.

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5 Responses to IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1: What’s New for Spring Developers

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    Mihkel says:

    March 29, 2016

    When we will see official support for Spring Boot DevTools?

    Have been using the experimental feature but only thing that would make it perfect for me is turning on automatic background compilation when DevTools is found on classpath.

    • Yann Cébron

      Yann Cébron says:

      March 29, 2016

      Agree, that would be the final target. We hope to share more concrete plans soon.

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    Kevin Wittek says:

    March 29, 2016

    It seems like https://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issue/IDEA-148113 is not fixed for me in IDEA 2016.1. Or is this somehow EAP only? I have commented on the issue as well.

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    Dmitry Zhuravlev says:

    April 2, 2016

    Is there any plans to make the same support (highlights of beans, autowiring, navigation) for Kotlin based projects?

    • Yann Cébron

      Yann Cébron says:

      April 2, 2016

      Yes, Kotlin 1.0.2 plugin will already bring some basic support and we plan to have much more integration in next IJ release.

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