Released: NetBeans IDE 8.1

Geertjan Wielenga
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The NetBeans team is happy and proud to announce the release of NetBeans IDE 8.1. As always, it is free and open source. For the first time, Node.js tools, including a debugger, have been integrated.

The NetBeans team is happy and proud to announce the release of NetBeans IDE 8.1.

As always, of course, NetBeans IDE is free and open source! Therefore, if you’re already using another IDE or editor, simply add NetBeans IDE 8.1 to your toolbox for an additional perspective on your code, together with unique features, such as a fullblown integrated Java Profiler and best of breed features for Maven, Java EE, and JavaScript.

NetBeans IDE 8.1 truly fits the pieces together, all for free, while having a worldwide community of enthusiastic users.


New Features for JavaScript Developers

A whole bunch of brand new features, especially in the shiny jazzy area of JavaScript, especially Node.js support for the first time, are available in the ultra lightweight HTML5/JavaScript distribution of NetBeans IDE 8.1, which comes bundled with the JRE for the first time.

The brand new Node.js support includes a new Node.js project wizard, a new Node.js Express wizard, an enhanced JavaScript Editor, new support for running Node.js applications, and new support for debugging Node.js applications. Below, code completion for Node.js modules is shown:


Here, the Node.js debugger is shown in action, stepping through the code:


Furthermore, there are heaps of other new JavaScript features, including new support for Gulp, new support for Mocha and Selenium, new Jade Node Template Engine support, new Shadow DOM support via the NetBeans Chrome plugin, enhanced support for Grunt, enhancements for AngularJS and KnockoutJS, and HTML projects are recognized via package.json, bower.json, and composer.json files.

Note: In the Plugin Manager, under the Tools menu, you will find the new Oracle JET Support plugin, which provides a range of features for working with the brand new Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit, which was recently released during OpenWorld and JavaOne.

New Features for Java Developers, and More

For Java developers, there’s much to like in NetBeans IDE 8.1. Not only has the Profiler been revamped, but there’s also enhanced code completion (“intellisense”), a more expressive Navigator shows overridden & implemented methods, there are enhanced ordering rules in the Options window, as well as performance improvements for Java navigation tools (“Go To Type” (Ctrl-O), “Go To File” (Alt-Shift-O), and “Go To Symbol” (Ctrl-Alt-Shift-O)). In addition, “Find Usages” can include dependencies for the first time.

Specifically for Java EE developers, there’s support for remote Oracle WebLogic Server and the community contributed support for WildFly 9 and WildFly 10 has been enhanced. Together with the new features throughout the NetBeans IDE 8 release cycle for Maven, Git, and PrimeFaces, Java EE developers really have a lot to gain from adding NetBeans IDE to their toolbox.

Let’s also not forget to mention the many enhancements for PHP developers and C/C++ developers.

The full list of new features is found here:

Note: Within the NetBeans IDE 8.1 release cycle, a handy document has been put together, which is worth a read, “The complete guide to tuning the appearance of NetBeans”, find it here on JAXEnter:


Geertjan Wielenga

Geertjan Wielenga is a product manager of the free and open source NetBeans IDE.