IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 EAP: GitHub pull requests and more

We are excited to announce that the upcoming IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 will come with initial support for GitHub pull requests, along with a couple of other features worth talking about in detail.

GitHub Pull requests

Now you can view all pull requests from your GitHub repository as a list inside the IDE. They are available in the brand new GitHub Pull Requests tool window. Select Main menu | VCS | Git | View Pull Requests and view the state of a PR, current label, and assignee, if any. In the right pane, you can view the altered files and use the diff to preview the changes.

We plan to add actions such as merge, close, comment, and more in the forthcoming releases. For now, you can create a local branch from a PR via the context menu and then merge it as a regular branch. From the same context menu, you can quickly open a pull request on


You can promptly find the PR you need by searching by state, assignee, author, after, before, or sort by. By the way, autocompletion is available in this search field as well.

Screen Shot 2018-10-16 at 19.31.20

This is just the beginning as we plan to extend this functionality with the upcoming releases. Stay tuned for more updates!

Speaking of improvements in VCS support, the Back and Forward navigation actions are now supported in the VCS Log. Previously, we made it possible to navigate from the commit hashes to the commit in the VCS Log tab. Now we’ve extended this functionality and while the focus is in the VCS Log, you can use the editor actions Cmd-] / Cmd-[ for navigation. Alternatively, select Navigate | Back / Forward from the main menu. The same navigation actions work after you use the ‘Go to hash/branch/tag’ action (cmd+ F on macOS, ctrl + F on Windows and Linux).


While in the VCS Log, you can also use left and right arrow keys to go to the child or parent commit. These new actions play nicely with merge commits as well.


As for the JDK, it’s been updated to v1.8.0_152-release-1343-b12.

  • Resolved a keyboard issue in the quick search popup which blocked all keyboard events JRE-252.
  • Some system DLLs will be shipped with JFX builds because JFX building was switched to Visual Studio 2017 JRE-991.
  • Repaired the regression caused by the fix for IDEA-185285: JRE-981.

For more details about the changes in this build, check out the IDE release notes and the JRE release notes.

Download the fresh IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 EAP build now! We can’t wait to hear your feedback on these improvements, so please share your thoughts and ideas via the discussion forum, our issue tracker, or on Twitter!

Happy Developing!

About Zlata Kalyuzhnaya

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53 Responses to IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 EAP: GitHub pull requests and more

  1. Antoine Kurukchi says:

    Love the new way of informing customers of what has changed between EAPs. Found it very easily through Jetbrains toolbox. Thanks

  2. Oleksii Vynnychenko says:

    Do you plan to do the same level of integration with Gitlab ?

    • Edoardo Luppi says:

      I think that this is an experimental feature, and that they’ll refactor it to a public usable API in the future, as they always do. So that we can build our plugins

  3. TheBestPessimist says:

    I think Pull Requests should be integrated in the Version Control dialog instead of having a new one. i expect that pull requests will have functionality for bitbucket and others in the future so this (being available with alt+9) feels more natural.

  4. Erik Ghonyan says:

    It loads the list of pull requests but when I click on an item it shows “Cannot load details. Can’t get pull request. Couldn’t parse GitHub response.”

  5. Palanivelrajan Balasubramanian says:

    Any plans to support this for bitbucket?

  6. Palanivelrajan says:

    Do you plan on adding similar support for bitbucket?

  7. Javier San says:


  8. Wow, I guess it is now time to release a dedicated VCS client as standalone application.

  9. Dmitry says:

    Could you please consider changing layout of the “nextversion” page a bit to have the latest build info visible “above the fold”?

    Here is what I see when checking the page for updates with the browser content area width of 1280px:

    Every time I have to scroll down to see if a new build is available.

  10. Martin Kuhn says:

    After installing this latest version the cpu load is significantly increased (it influences the editing behaviour so I switched back to 2018.2.5 for working)

  11. Barclay says:

    Great addition. Can you add the option to create issues from within the IDE? This would help massively to not break flow by switching context to the browser.

    I did ask for a related version of this a while back, but would probably be best tied into your github work. #IDEA-163804

  12. abt says:

    Would love to have integration like that with Bitbucket.

  13. Andrzej says:

    On linux I received the error:

    java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: /home/…./bin/ cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
    at java.lang.ClassLoader$NativeLibrary.load(Native Method)
    at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadLibrary0(
    at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadLibrary(
    at java.lang.Runtime.load0(
    at java.lang.System.load(
    at com.intellij.util.lang.UrlClassLoader.loadPlatformLibrary(
    at com.intellij.openapi.wm.impl.GlobalMenuLinux._loadLibrary(
    at com.intellij.openapi.wm.impl.GlobalMenuLinux.(
    at com.intellij.openapi.wm.impl.IdeMenuBar.installAppMenuIfNeeded(
    at com.intellij.openapi.wm.impl.WindowManagerImpl.showFrame(

  14. Kousha Talebian says:

    I am also getting

    “Cannot load details. Can’t get pull request. Couldn’t parse GitHub response.”

    I do not have Single Sign On enabled. How do I access the logs for this request to get more details as to why this is failing?

  15. lippi says:

    Any updates about supporting Bitbucket in the future to handle pull reqeusts similar?

  16. We are using a GitHub Enterprise on premise installation and I cant see PR option in VCS tab for it with newest IntelliJ(2018.3.2). Do you know if such installations are supported ?

    • Dmitriy Smirnov says:

      Yes, it is supported. But you need to have your account for GitHub Enterprise registered in Settings | Version Control | Github for this to work.

  17. We are using GitHub Enterprise on premise installation, do you know if it is supported?

    • Dmitriy Smirnov says:

      Yes, it is supported. But you need to have your account for GitHub Enterprise registered in Settings | Version Control | Github for this to work.

  18. Kyle R says:

    Is there any way to get the client to ignore merges in the branch? I’m seeing some commits related to a different branch that was already merged back into the mainline branch. I don’t see these commits in of Github’s web view, but they appear in the IntelliJ GitHub Pull Requests tool.

    I’m currently using PHPStorm 2018.3.2

  19. Ruslan says:

    When viewing the changed files of the pull request as shown in rightmost column of the first and second pictures, is there a way to open the source file in the codebase? When I right-click the file, it only gives me the “Show Diff” option. It would be nice if there was also a “Show Source” option as well.

  20. Powel says:

    If you want to see pull-request from BitBucket Server, you can check out myButbucket plugin:

  21. Laura says:

    An obviously large component of pull requests is reviewing them. It would be good if we could leave inline comments on the pull request via the IDE.

  22. shlomik says:

    Thanks for the feature.
    Missing critical abilities:
    1. Reviewers were not imported correctly (got 1 of 3)
    2. Comments of reviewers are not visible.
    3. Reply to comments is NA of course.
    Please consider adding these, otherwise there is no real reason to use this PR integration.

    • Pavel Lechev says:

      Given that this functionality will involve potential changes to the editor, to start with, perhaps we can have some indication (i.e. icon badge) in the file tree to the right which shows the files that have comments on them and ability to click the file and navigate to the first comment in it on Github.

  23. Alexander Kim says:

    Does 2019.2 has this feature already?

    • Dmitriy Smirnov says:

      The list of PRs, with the ability to view the changes and PR status, as described in the post, is available since 2018.3, so yes 2019.2 has it.

  24. splintor says:

    > We plan to add actions such as merge, close, comment, and more in the forthcoming releases.

    Any progress on that? ETA?

  25. john says:

    Does Community version support create PRs if it does how to it?

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