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IntelliJ IDEA 2020.1 Goes Beta

IntelliJ IDEA 2020.1 goes Beta today! This means we’ve packed the upcoming v2020.1 release full of all the major things planned, and we are now polishing everything and fixing bugs.

To remind you of the key highlights, v2020.1 adds support for Java 14, downloads and sets up Java for you, adds the light-editing mode, renders Javadocs in the editor, helps you refactor methods and classes on the go, adds a bunch of improvements for Spring and microservice frameworks, and does so much more.

Here’s a quick overview of the most exciting new features in this upcoming release:

To learn more about each of the latest features announced during our weekly EAPs, check out the posts tagged as IntelliJ IDEA 2020.1 on this blog.

The release notes list all of the closed tickets in this Beta build.

We are eager to hear your feedback, so share away! And stay tuned, as we’ll likely announce even more cool things for the upcoming release.

Happy developing!

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20 Responses to IntelliJ IDEA 2020.1 Goes Beta

  1. Sebastian says:

    March 18, 2020

    unfortunately, this beta release still contains the play!framework (v1.x) errors, as reported multiple times and also commented several times, e.g. see [1].

    Artem Sarkisov answered (see [1]) that this issue was already fixed and should be included in one of the EAP builds, but that was not the case. It’s still missing in the current beta.



    • Artem Sarkisov says:

      March 19, 2020

      Reported to the responsible person, he’ll take a look. I’m sorry for the delay. We will open a ticket for this to make sure it doesn’t slip anymore.

    • arsnisnevich says:

      March 19, 2020

      Hi Sebastian,

      I filed a new issue:

      If you have any details to add (e.g. steps to recreate the problem), feel free to add a comment to the issue. Thank you.

      • Sebastian says:

        March 20, 2020

        Thank you! I added some info there.

  2. Dmitry says:

    March 19, 2020

    Could you please check

    • Artem Sarkisov says:

      March 19, 2020

      We should be able to get back to this in a couple of days, please stay tuned to the issue

  3. lsanotes says:

    March 19, 2020

    How to enable the doc preview feature in Kotlin Source File?

  4. TheBestPessimist says:

    March 19, 2020

    For those who like the non-modal git toolwindow + non-modal commit (also named in-place commit), but dislike diff-preview inside editor (and consider diff-preview should be located inside the toolwindow), you should check the following issues:

    • Mike says:

      March 20, 2020

      I voted for those issues. The non-modal commit feature is almost perfect except for the bizarre decision to put the diff viewer where the editor goes. That is an abomination. I am not sure why those two things are tied together anyway. The location of the diff viewer should be configurable totally separate from the choice of using a non-modal commit dialog.

  5. Brice says:

    March 19, 2020

    _light-editing mode_ I still can’t open some a directory as project/modules, as IntelliJ search for some framework

    • Artem Sarkisov says:

      March 19, 2020

      Unfortunately, the LightEdit mode was not supposed to do anything with the directories, only with files, so it’s “as designed”. I suggest you to create a new ticket for this ability you are missing

      • Brice says:

        March 19, 2020

        Already did some times ago 😉

        Ok thanks for the explanation of the light edit mode, I was expecting something more like what other text editors are able to do, e.g. simply open a folder as a project. Maybe in the next release, crossing fingers.

  6. Alberto Gordillo says:

    March 19, 2020

    Any idea when a stable version of Intellij 2020.1 will be released?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Artem Sarkisov says:

      March 19, 2020

      Early April, if everything goes as planned.


  7. TONY says:

    March 20, 2020

    When did you switch the idea runtime JDK to JDK 14?

    • arsnisnevich says:

      March 20, 2020

      The default runtime is JBR. It’s stored at the IDE installation path, see this guide if you’d like to switch:
      Am I getting right you’ve faced the IDE running under JDK 14 whereas you didn’t switch to it?

  8. Leszek says:

    March 22, 2020

    I wanted to try it out, but there is no popup or a way to import all the configuration, settings and plugins from 2019.3. Or it is?

    • Jonathan Lermitage says:

      March 31, 2020

      Same problem here.
      I may be wrong, but IJ 2020 seems to allow config import for specific cases only (a previous blog post talked about that). I don’t understand why they introduced this limitation. For me, this is a regression: user should always be able to import config.

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