Clarification on Go support plugin availability in IntelliJ-based IDEs

Yesterday we released the newest member to our family of IDEs, GoLand, an IDE for Go language. Additionally, this week we have also released major 2017.3 updates to many of our other tools, including IntelliJ IDEA, WebStorm, CLion, PyCharm, and more.

Some of our users who upgraded their corresponding IDE to the released version have noticed that the Go plugin is no longer available, which may have come as a surprise. We’d like to explain why this has happened and the reasons behind it.

First and foremost, this is not a recent change, nor is it related to the release of GoLand this week. Over a month ago we mentioned in one of the GoLand EAP blog posts that the Go plugin would no longer be available in future EAPs and releases of IDEs other than IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate. The reason behind this, as outlined in the post, is that this aligns with our general IDE approach: PyCharm for Python, RubyMine for Ruby, etc., and GoLand for Go.

It seems that by not having disabled the Go plugin in other IDEs from the start of the EAP program, and by not having communicated this properly to a wider audience when the change was made, the current situation has come as somewhat of a surprise to some of our users.

We failed, and we sincerely apologize for this. Rest assured, however, that it was never our intention to mislead anybody. It was though an oversight on our part in how we presented it. The plugin was never shipped out of the box nor enabled by default in any of our IDEs.

To reiterate, it was always in the plan to have Go plugin functionality available as part of the GoLand IDE. If you want Go functionality combined with other technologies, then IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate is the right choice for you, much like in the case of the other technologies such as Ruby, Python, PHP, etc.

Once again, please accept our apologies for not communicating the change clearly enough.


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Toolbox App 1.5: Staying up-to-date has never been easier

Please welcome Toolbox App 1.5—the biggest update since the initial release one year ago. In this build, you’ll find an auto-update option, improvements for the projects list, and a refreshed user interface.

Auto update

Now in every installed tool’s settings there is an option to enable automatic downloading and installing of newer versions. There is also a similar option available for Toolbox App itself in the main settings. Enable it to always use the latest available goodies and not have to wait an extra second.

To ensure this feature works properly, we’ve improved the reliability of downloads on poor connections. Toolbox App now correctly reacts to network timeouts and resumes the download after a connection is reestablished.

If, for some reason, you don’t like the recent version that was installed automatically, you can always roll back. This action will revert the latest update and remember to skip that version next time. The ‘Skip’ action is also available in the tool’s menu if you decide to stick to manual upgrades. If you click it by accident, you still can force the skipped version to be installed from the same menu.

Please note that auto-update is disabled by default and should be activated for each tool individually. On Windows 8 and newer, auto-update is disabled on metered connections per Microsoft guidelines.

We encourage you to enable auto-update for all installed tools and let us know how it works for you.

Improved projects list


There is a new context menu on every project in Toolbox, from which you can:

  • Mark a project as favorite (Alt+Plus, ⌥+ on macOS). Favorite projects stay at the top of the list for easier access;
  • Hide an unwanted project from the list (Alt+Del, ⌥⌦ on macOS). No files are deleted, which is why we call it ‘Hide,’ not ‘Remove.’ To restore the project in the list, just open it in your favorite IDE again;


  • Select a specific IDE to open a particular project by default, in case you have multiple IDEs available.

The projects list is now updated more often, and more efficiently, too, meaning it always stays up to date while consuming fewer resources.

A custom project icon is now detected as well. You can set it from an IDE’s Welcome screen or via the Manage Projects dialog, or just add an icon.png file in the .idea directory in the project root.

Also, if your IDE configs are stored in a non-default directory, Toolbox App will pick up on this and correctly detect and show all your projects.

Firefox extension for integration with GitHub

A browser extension for easy opening of GitHub projects is now available in the Firefox Add-ons directory. (Previously, it was only available for Google Chrome.)

Refreshed UI

To celebrate Toolbox App’s first birthday, we’ve slightly refreshed its UI. Check it out!

Compatibility notes

On Linux, Toolbox App now requires glibc version 2.17. This means it will no longer start on older distributions like CentOS 6 or Ubuntu 12.04. Their support period has come to an end, and we’ve stopped releasing new builds for them, in order to focus on better support for modern distributions. If you’re staying on those platforms, you’re welcome to use Toolbox App 1.4–updates for installed applications will continue to work as before.

This release also fixes an issue with blank window, which we’ve been able to reproduce on some configurations with the latest graphics cards’ drivers on Linux. We are still investigating some issues with Wayland though.

As usual, many smaller fixes and improvements are included. See the full release notes for details.

Update now from the app or download the new version and let us know what you think of the new features!

Spend more time coding, less updating!

Your JetBrains Toolbox App Team

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Developer Ecosystem Survey: Raw Data Are Here

As you may recall, in early 2017 we at JetBrains ran the massive Developer Ecosystem survey to better understand developers and their needs all around the world.

In July, we finished analyzing the collected data and published the most interesting findings in these Infographics.

Now, as we promised, we’re sharing the raw data for the survey so that anyone in the developer community can analyze the results and answer whatever questions they have in mind.

Before digging deeper into these data, please note the following important information:

  1. The data include responses from both our “internal” and “external” channels. The data-set includes all of the 9,000+ respondents collected between December, 2016, and March, 2017, via advertising (external) channels such as Twitter Ads & Google Adwords, and JetBrains’ own communication (internal) channels such as our blog post, JetBrains Twitter and Facebook accounts, and the JetBrains’ internal Survey Panel. When comparing your own analysis with our Report results, please bear in mind that to minimize possible bias the data include only responses coming from advertising (external channels).
  2. The data is anonymized, with no personal information or geolocation details. Moreover, to prevent identification of any individual respondents by their verbatim comments, all open-ended fields were eliminated.
  3. The data are not weighted. We are not sharing the population weights used for post-stratification of Infographic data, to correct for the fact that countries with similar sample sizes may have different actual numbers of developers. Therefore, you need to apply your own weights when analyzing the data.
  4. To better understand the logic of the survey, along with the data-set we’re sharing the survey questions, with all the survey logic, in English.

Get Developer Ecosystem Survey Raw Data

Once again, we’d like to thank everyone who took part in our research. You helped a lot!

We plan to repeat the survey next year. Don’t miss the chance to participate in Developer Ecosystem Survey 2018 – join the JetBrains Survey Panel!

Happy analyzing!

The Drive to Develop

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Welcome JetBrains Toolbox 2017.2 including a brand new Rider IDE

The summer (we’re mostly in the northern hemisphere) is the time for relaxing and having a break, but we at JetBrains have prepared the next big update of your toolset to give you a better user experience and more productivity gains yet. Read on for an overview of what’s new and improved in the 2017.2 update of each JetBrains Toolbox product.

In particular, don’t miss the latest addition to the family – JetBrains Rider, a new cross-platform .NET IDE based on both ReSharper and IntelliJ platforms.


WebStorm adds the powerful Move symbol refactoring and code coverage reports for Mocha, and allows running a single Karma test. Now you can also import code styles from ESLint configurations, reorder code inside classes with the Rearrange code action, use better code completion in JavaScript that respects webpack project’s configuration, and enjoy support for Angular Material and CSS Modules. Note that all WebStorm changes are also available in the other IntelliJ-based IDEs that support web development.

The DataGrip update is really important for PostgreSQL users: we’ve added support for several databases in one datasource. Also, if you use AWS Redshift or MS Azure, you’ll be glad to know DataGrip now supports these databases! Note that all DataGrip changes are also available in the other IntelliJ-based IDEs that offer database support.

PhpStorm brings notable improvements for working with Composer, support for Docker Compose, reworked polymorphic types support, support for PHP 7.2, automatic run of PHPUnit tests, and many other enhancements.

IntelliJ IDEA further embraces Java 9 and its new module system, introducing Module Diagrams to see the dependencies between the selected modules. The IDE also detects code that can be refactored to Java 9 and suggests appropriate modifications. New refactorings have been added for Java 8 as well, such as Extract Functional Parameter and others. There are also improvements in Spring Boot support, Gradle, Scala and Play framework integration, added support for the new features of Groovy 2.5.0, and integration with Kotlin 1.1.3.

The CLion update focuses on C++ parser correctness and overall performance improvements. It also comes with Clang-Tidy checks and quick-fixes built into the editor to help you ensure code quality. In addition, C++17 is now available in the New Project wizard.

PyCharm expands Docker Compose support to version 3 Docker Compose files and Docker Compose on Windows. Further improvements include support for SSH Agent, Azure Databases, and Amazon Redshift support.

AppCode adds the Extract Method refactoring, override/implement completion and new code formating options for Swift, __auto_type support for Objective-C, documentation improvements, and more!

RubyMine adds support for Docker Compose, in-editor RuboCop autocorrections, newly designed breadcrumbs for Ruby structure elements in the editor, and other improvements.

All IntelliJ-based IDEs have received a number of general enhancements, such as a better Windows 10 look-and-feel, an enhanced Find in Path UI, and better HiDPI support. Version controls support gets formatting options for commit messages, reverting and rewording of commits for Git, and a new Shelf UI reworked for performance and ergonomics.

ReSharper 2017.2 understands .NET Core 2.0 and C# 7.1, gets better at C# 7.0, provides more code inspections and context actions including new IEnumerable inspections, delivers many powerful navigation and search improvements, brings new C# typing assists, and levels up support for TypeScript, JavaScript, JSON, and Angular. In other ReSharper Ultimate news, dotMemory can now import Windows memory dumps, while ReSharper C++ gains a better understanding of C++11 and C++17. Read more about these and other changes in the ReSharper Ultimate suite.

Rider, our brand new .NET IDE, can help you develop ASP.NET, .NET Core, .NET Framework, Xamarin, and Unity applications on Windows, Mac, or Linux. It provides rich editing support and code insight for languages used in .NET development, from C#, VB.NET, and F# to ASP.NET Razor syntax, JavaScript, TypeScript, XAML, HTML, CSS, SCSS, JSON, and SQL. Read more about Rider and try it, as it comes free of charge with your All Products subscription!

If you have an active JetBrains Toolbox subscription for any of the above products, we recommend that you upgrade right away. Want an easier way to update your JetBrains tools? Check out our great Toolbox App.

We’d love to hear what updates or new features excite you most in 2017.2. Let us know in the comments!

Oh, and we’ve already started working on the 2017.3 updates. If you prefer to stay on the cutting edge, the teams will open early access for their products very soon.

Happy developing!

The Drive to Develop

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Official Support for Open-Source Rust Plugin for IntelliJ IDEA, CLion, and Other JetBrains IDEs

For those of you who follow the news in the Rust community, you may have noticed a teasing announce saying that the Rust plugin for the IntelliJ Platform is becoming officially supported by JetBrains. The announcement was followed by many questions about the plugin. With this post, we’d like to answer some of them and shed some light on what’s going on with the plugin and JetBrains plans.

It’s probably worth saying a few words on how the plugin started. On the first of September, 2015 two small groups of people at JetBrains simultaneously started working independently on the Rust support for IntelliJ-based IDEs. One of the projects was started by an Alexey Kladov, an intern at JetBrains. The other one was a side project by Alexey Kudinkin. Since the IntelliJ Platform is JVM-based, both plugins started as Kotlin projects, even before Kotlin was released. Since both groups were in touch with the Rust team, after a month, the groups realized about their mutual existence and merged their projects together. This is how the Rust IntelliJ plugin was born.

Making the project open-source really was the right decision since it attracted a lot of contributors, incl. Tobias Bieniek, Marek Kaput, Andrew Lygin, Arseniy Pendryak (among many others) which really helped make it better and shape the community around the plugin.

A year ago, the plugin was highlighted during RustConf’s keynote.

Current State

Since then we have put a lot of effort into making the developer experience even better. However, the plugin is still at a very early stage. Being an awesome language for developers, Rust is not always 100% IDE friendly, mainly due to its complicated type system, and the macros, etc.

  • Currently the plugin is quite helpful with Navigation: Go to Class, Go toSymbol, Go to Super Module, Structure, Go to Definition.
  • The editors offer Code Completion and Code Formatting (rustfmt is not used yet but it is planned), Join Lines, Smart Key (e.g. inserting pair brackets & quotes), Postfix Completion, basic Intentions and Refactorings (e.g. Introduce Variable, and an almost always-working Rename, etc).
  • The plugin supports Cargo: it offers a UI to run tests and applications. Adding this integration even required some work from Cargo’s side.

The main missing feature right now is Debugger. An experimental version of Debugger is now available in CLion but it’s currently very limited, mainly because CLion is heavily focused on CMake.

Our Plans

Our primary plans for the immediate future include:

    • Better consistency with the Rust’s type system
    • Macros
    • Debugger
    • More Intentions, Inspections, Refactorings

Q: Do you have a team working on the plugin?

The plugin’s team currently comprises of Alexey Kladov, who dedicates at least 40% of his time to Rust, and we’re adding another person to the team.

Q: Will there be a standalone Rust IDE from JetBrains

We do not have any specific plans for creating a standalone Rust IDE at this moment, but we have not ruled out the possibility of it in future. The plugin will remain open-source on GitHub. Pull requests, feature requests and bug reports are all welcome there.

If you’d like to try the Rust plugin for any IntelliJ-based IDEs (be it IntelliJ IDEA, CLion, WebStorm, Gogland, PyCharm or any other), make sure to read the docs.

Please feel free to voice your questions, suggestions and other feedback here in the comments. And of course issues and pull requests are always welcome in the intellij-rust Github project.

We appreciate your feedback and support!

UPDATE: Starting v2018.1 CLion now offers the Rust functionality via a plugin. The plugin supports Cargo and includes Debugger. Learn more.

The Drive to Develop

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JetBrains 5th Annual Hackathon: Logged in History 1st Prize to Ideolog

JetBrains Hackathon 2017

Looking back at Hackathon 5

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs.

In two days that is exactly the attitude a determined few embraced. With JetBrains’ 5th Internal Hackathon innovation, hard work, and determination the start of some incredible projects have been dreamed up, explored and discovered with already promising results.

48 hours

Two days, 52 submissions, and 40 successful projects. The atmosphere in JetBrains was charged by the 99 participants who gathered on Wednesday, May 31st, ready to make their ideas come to life.

What it takes to code

No one can code on an empty stomach. Coders were able to sustain their progress with a provision of food, drink, and a healthy dose of optimism – achieving in just two days what others have only dreamed of. This year there must have been something special added to the pizza toppings as the projects surpassed every expectation.

The Prizes on offer

$18,000 worth of prizes split over nine categories were up for grabs this year, making the competition full of fierce contenders. 204 voters and a panel of judges oversaw entries and determined the winners based on votes and ingenuity. Prizes and their respective project winners were as follows.

Grand Prize $5,000 – Ideolog

The team made up by Dmitry Ivanov, Serge Baltic, Mikhail Filippov, Sergey Coox, Nikolay Kuznetsov, Andrey Akinshin, and Ivan Pashchenko created a historical debugging tool plugin for IntelliJ Platform which enables developers to open very long .log files and debug right inside the IDE with features such as: Text search in large files; Grouping, filtering, folding by category, threads; Navigation to source code from log event; Go to next error; Stacktrace highlighting; Extend selection; and Advanced error stripe (heat map). Ideolog collected a total score of 170, smashing the total of the nearest competitor. You can install the plugin and try it in your IDE right now.

ideolog example

Logs inside the IDE

Second Prize $3,000 – Nomouse

In this day and age, no one should still be using such a primitive tool as a traditional mouse. Roman Belov, Sergey Krivokhatsky, Bogdan Bugaev, and Anton Kryshchenko set about creating a system to track hand movement over the keyboard to control the mouse pointer and perform other actions such as scrolling and clicking. No mouse needed. Problem solved.

live demo gif

mouse free mouse

Third Prize $2,000 – Danke/Спасибо/Thanks …

When was the last time you thanked a colleague for a piece of work that they had done, or worse yet, been thanked for a piece that you had really gone above and beyond to complete? Victor Kropp, Olga Dyka, Marina Haynk, Ekaterina Shliakhovetskaja, and Julia Repina, in a bid to improve the culture of JetBrains, took the challenge to make a quick and easy-to-use webapp integrated with our internal Slack and office TVs to show colleagues your appreciation for all things, great and small.

thank you interface

Thanks for everything

CEO’s Choice Awards

Two projects were awarded special mention with the CEO’s Choice Award with both teams receiving prizes of $1,000 each. With Kotlin being the hot language, teams that explored the possibilities of this brought favor upon themselves from our CEO and rightfully so as they showed the potential there is to be had with this language.

CEO’s Choice Award I $1,000 – Processing for Kotlin as IntelliJ IDEA Plugin

The project created an IntelliJ plugin to support editing and running “sketches” based on Kotlin Script and Processing Java APIs. The idea leveraged the power of IntelliJ IDEA smart code analysis and auto-completion to make programming even more fun and rewarding for novice programmers, and for kids a tool that detects their errors before they run their code. The team consisted of Roman Elizarov, Dmitry Jemerov, Mikhail Glukhikh, and Simon Ogorodnik.

CEO’s Choice Award II $1,000 – Create React Kotlin App

Filipp Riabchun, Eugene Datsky, and Andre Skladchikov have opened up the possibilities for Kotlin code to work with React components. Could this be the future of web development?

Audience Choice Awards

Three projects took home the Audience Choice Award. Calculated from the likes of the audience these projects won through their popularity with the 204 voters taking part.

Vanity Stats

Developers, like normal people, are bound by certain desires: to be recognized, accepted, and to be the best at something. Alexey Kudravtsev developed his app Vanity Stats to give users unbiased insight into what they are best at by filtering commits for useful stats such as swear words used, at what times commits are made, and the number of commits performed. It is possible to get an accurate reading of what someone is the best at and the strengths they should develop on.

Queue Management

“Time. The wayward substance that never slows down.” Wasting your time in the most ineffective pursuit in the evolution of humans, queuing, has finally met its match. Sergey Ugdyzhekov, Alexey Kireev, Andrey Sizov, Nikolay Krasko, Vladimir Grigoriev, and Kirill Malich. The heroes of our time, time lords, adventure time, they go by many names. Their app though goes by just the one name: Outliner. ‘Spend your time clever’ with a web application and a Slack bot for booking appointments in the office that manages the queue and notifies you when the doctor is ready to see you.


Do you need a pot of gold delivered to a colleague in Munich, but trust your colleagues more than an unknown postal worker? JetPost was developed to help you find a reliable alternative to ensure your important goods make it to their destination. Using JetPost Slack bot, a notification is sent to any person traveling to the destination from your area, checking against trips in JetPeople (our internal team directory), and also detecting when possible delivery subjects come up in Slack. Then it will help with the collaboration between the people involved to ensure the transaction goes smoothly.


Actively used

Hackathons happen for a reason. By taking the time to sit and think about the problems around us and then innovating real solutions to these matters, projects made during these 48 hours solve issues that then allow further progress. Winner of the 2016 JetBrains Hackathon, the JetPark project (office parking space sharing and remote control), continues to provide incredible value and was awarded the ‘Actively Used’ award. Well done!

Not forgetting

There were so many great entries to this year’s Hackathon with teams innovating and coming up with amazing ideas. Noticeable trends are coming from the educational and learning areas with the projects Train Brain, IntelliJ Flashcards, Learn Kotlin for Android Development, and JetWatch, all concerned with learning methodology and techniques. With the smartest minds working on such pivotal problems, change can be made in the world and it is exciting to see how we can go forward from here.
Whether you created a code-shaming app like the Critique project…

Code Quality (

…or a single application for the office environment like the Universe project (“Universe is the name of our main St.Petersburg office”), your contributions are incredible and open opportunities into the future. What was achieved in 48 hours… is… Awesome.

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The Developer Ecosystem: What is dominant in the world of code

Update (Sep 11th): We’ve published the raw data for Developer Ecosystem Survey 2016 / 2017. Have a look!

– Should I try this framework I heard about for my next project?
– Which application server is the most used these days?
– What technology/language should I learn to become better at what I do?

Do you ask yourself stuff like this from time to time?

WE DO. And we have another angle—it’s crucial for us to know our users well, so we’re ready to go the extra mile for this knowledge.

To help us, we ran a huge Developer Ecosystem survey, collecting over 9,000 responses between December 2016 and March 2017.

To help you answer whatever questions you may have, we are now publishing the results of our survey.

It did take us a while to process all the data. This turned out to be the most extensive survey we’ve ever conducted: 150+ questions and 9K+ responses, in 13 languages. To reduce possible bias, the final reports and infographics include only responses coming from advertising channels (Twitter and AdWords), just over 5,000 in total.

The State of Developer Ecosystem Report by JetBrains

The specific subsections of the report cover a broad range of topics: programming languages, development environments, code profiling and analysis, deployment, team tools, open source, the cloud, databases, and even curious facts about us developers.

View The State of Developer Ecosystem Report

Do you know, for example, what one language most developers are considering to adopt? Or do you know which configuration management tool is used more, Chef or Puppet? Or maybe Salt? Or what kind of game should you play tonight? :)

Check out the report and find answers to these questions and more.

It was impossible to include everything into infographics; some of the questions were excluded because of an insufficient number of responses, or to avoid overloading the infographics. If you have specific additional questions that are unanswered, send them to us and we’ll dig into the data for an answer. We’re also planning to publish the anonymized raw data soon. Stay tuned!

We are grateful to everyone who participated in the survey and helped us.

We plan to repeat the survey regularly. If you’d like to take part in the future, make sure to subscribe to our survey panel!

The Drive to Develop

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JetBrains elected to the JCP Executive Committee

Recently the Java Community Process had a Special Election to fill the two vacant ratified seats on the Executive Committee (EC).  JetBrains was honoured to be elected, and will serve on the Executive Committee until 2018.

The Java Community Process is the mechanism for developing specifications for Java. Java Specification Requests (which may cover Java EE specs, for example, or define what’s going to be in the next version of Java) describe the standards for new (or sometimes existing) functionality, and the JSRs have to pass through a series of gateways before they are finally approved and become an official part of the Java landscape. At each of these gateways, the Executive Committee members vote on whether they should progress, and may give feedback on changes that need to be made to the spec.  This is a really important part of making sure that official parts of the language have been looked at by the wider community (EC members represent vendors, user groups and individuals) before being dropped onto developers.

The process of the Executive Committee approving Java Specification Requests (JSRs) has recently been in the news after the unusual “no” vote on Jigsaw’s  public review. JetBrains joined the EC too late to vote on that first round, but this interesting situation has brought a lot of visibility to the whole process, and we’re excited to be part of it.

We believe it’s important for JetBrains to be on the JCP EC.  We can pass on feedback from users like you to those who create the specifications for the language.  Where you have frustrations or questions, we can use those to push the Java platform in a direction that makes your life easier.  It also means we have a clear view of upcoming changes in the language and the common frameworks we use, and we’ll do what we always do – evolve our tools inline with these changes.

The JetBrains representatives on the Executive Committee are Anna Kozlova and me, Trisha Gee. I’ve a bit of experience with the EC from when I was in the JCP working group for the London Java Community, and I’m looking forward to being involved again.  We’re not the only JetBrains people who get to have a say, we’ve formed a working group of people inside JetBrains who share an interest in the specifications that are coming and in the future of Java, so our votes will represent diverse opinions and voices.  Most importantly, we hope to represent you, the users, on the JCP EC.

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JetBrains to support the ACM-ICPC

We are pleased to announce that JetBrains has become an official Global ICPC Sponsor. The ACM-ICPC is an annual multi-tiered competitive programming competition among the universities of the world. Our three-year commitment to this world renowned Programming Contest is our chance to give back to a program that has opened doors for so many talented people. In fact, there are many ICPC alumni inside the JetBrains team, including some World Finals winners.

Alongside the financial support, we will also be providing access to our development tools, CLion, IntelliJ IDEA and PyCharm in particular, to participants, starting with the next round of Regional Contests. In addition, we are extremely proud that Kotlin will be offered as an additional programming language for the 2018 World Finals, together with C++, Java and Python. We believe both our tools and the Kotlin language can help contestants solve the challenges and tasks even more effectively.

Since 2011, we’ve been investing 1% of our revenue on a variety of educational programs including research, grants for talented students and teachers, and funding of new development courses for both online and offline training. We also partner with some of the best known universities in Russia, well known in the ICPC community, such as St. Petersburg ITMO University, amongst others.

Our support for ICPC adds to our continued investment in education, which we believe constitutes one of the fundamental pillars of society.

Tune in to watch the ICPC World Finals 2017 live on May 24!

PS. As part of our educational efforts, don’t forget to check out the details of the JetBrains student licenses program.

The Drive to Develop

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JetBrains Toolbox App 1.3 is here

We are happy to announce Toolbox App 1.3 release! Following months of development, this update brings not only a full load of bug fixes but also some new features we hope you will find useful.

Let’s go over all of the new features and improvements one by one.

Global hotkey

Now you can set up a system-wide keyboard shortcut that opens the Toolbox App window no matter which app has focus at the moment. We didn’t want to hijack any of your favorite key combinations, so it is disabled by default. Open Settings and set up the one most convenient for you.

Keyboard navigation

After a global hotkey is introduced, it is quite natural to expect the whole app to be usable without a mouse. And it is! You can navigate through lists with arrow keys and execute any item with Enter. Here is the full list of supported shortcuts inside the Toolbox App.

Ctrl+Tab (⌘← and ⌘→) Switch between Projects and Tools panels
Alt+Enter Show context menu
Ctrl+H (⌘H) Hide available tools
Ctrl+R (⌘R) Check for updates
Ctrl+U (⌘U) Update all
Ctrl+T (⌘T) Update Toolbox App
Ctrl+Comma (⌘,) Open Toolbox App Settings

Collapsible tools list

You can now collapse the list of available tools. This is an improvement many users asked for.


Better ReSharper and Visual Studio 2017 support

Toolbox App now correctly detects Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 (except listing recent solutions, see known issue). Thanks to the updated ReSharper Ultimate installer it now better integrates with all installed Visual Studio versions when invoked from Toolbox App.

We encourage you to try it and let us know how it works for you.

Animated icon

The tray (or menu bar) icon animation indicates now when Toolbox App is active downloading or installing the updates.


Anonymous usage statistics

After your feedback, usage statistics is the second most invaluable tool for us for improving our products. With this build we’ve added anonymous usage statistics collection to the Toolbox App. The data we collect is not associated with you or your JetBrains account; it doesn’t include any personal information like project names or paths. Of course, Toolbox App will ask your permission to collect these statistics on the first start, and you can revoke your consent in Settings at any time.

Bug fixes and smaller improvements

Many integration issues with different Linux environments are fixed in this release. We want to thank our users for the valuable feedback!

Full changelog can be found here.

Of course, all changes from previously released 1.1 and 1.2 updates are included too. Most notable bugs squashed in those builds are app crashes in different environments, incorrect window scaling, and JetBrains Account login issues. Logout button absent in 1.0 has also been added to Settings screen earlier. Windows and Linux users with touch screens can now benefit from them in Toolbox App too.

Update now from the app or download it from its homepage.

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