Native Compiled Intellij IDEA Release Notes

Some time ago, JetBrains introduced a free edition of its brightest Intellij IDEA IDE. Excelsior used this opportunity to native compile and package this edition of IDEA with Excelsior JET and made the compiled version freely available.

We have been working with the native compiled IDEA for a few months and found one major distinction: long lasting GC pauses no longer appear when using the IDE.

Try it yourselves: Intellij IDEA 9.0.310.5.2 Community Edition is available for download at Excelsior JET Application Gallery!

Develop with pleasure!

Note for IDEA plug-in developers.
To compile and run your own plug-ins to IDEA, copy two directories

IDEA Home/lib
IDEA Home/plugins

from the original installation to native compiled one. We did not include these IDEA jars in the native package because they are not needed to run the pre-compiled IDE. However, the original classes are required for plug-in development, which can be enabled by simply copying the above directories.

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22 Responses

  1. Tasos Says:

    Great news! Are you planning to release a linux version?

  2. Vitaly Mikheev Says:

    Are you planning to release a linux version?

    Yes because people start asking for it.

    Stay tuned.

  3. Tasos Says:

    More great news!!

  4. Leo Says:

    Mac OS X version?

  5. Vitaly Mikheev Says:

    First, 64-bit port of Excelsior JET (under development), then version for Mac OS X, and finally, native IntelliJ IDEA for Mac (of course 😉

    In other words, you gotta wait for some time.

  6. Vitaly Mikheev Says:

    Intellij IDEA 9.0.3 Community Edition for Linux is also available for download at Excelsior JET Application Gallery

  7. Shine Developer Says:

    Will you please natively compile just released IntelliJ IDEA 10 (it’s the one with Android development plugins)? Only then it would become really worth using. I’m looking forward to it as I’m a hude fan of Excelsior JET.

  8. Vitaly Mikheev Says:

    @Shine Developer

    May I ask why you want to use the compiled IDEA? What’s your motivation?

  9. Shine Developer Says:

    @Vitaly Mikheev
    Well, I have Ultimate Edition of IntelliJ and use it for Java EE development. IntelliJ in the Community Edition is not much useful as it has very limited number of plugins. One interesting plugin, though, is the new Android plugin so finally there is a usecase for IntelliJ Community Edition.

    And from the perspective of Excelsior JET: I would like to finally see it in action on more than just test scenarios and as IntelliJ is an IDE I work with since 2005 I feel every small bit of change and improvement so I could really evaluate Excelsior JET this way.

  10. Vitaly Mikheev Says:

    @Shine Developer

    Intellij IDEA 10.0.1 Community Edition is now available for download at Excelsior JET Application Gallery

  11. Marlon Says:


    Can it be possible to apply updates from the IDEA site when you are using the native 10.0.1 version?

  12. Tobi Says:

    When will Jet be available for Mac OS X?

    Many Java developer are looking for a solution to native compile Java apps for the Mac store….

  13. NyxNyxNyx Says:

    I’m experiencing crashes when working with multiple projects (opening/closing them without exiting Idea). If you’re interested I can submit jet_err_*.txt files – just email me.

  14. Vitaly Mikheev Says:


    Now we are busy with 64-bit Windows/Linux port and MAC OS will probably be our next target we will start working on in 2012.

  15. Nikita Lipsky Says:


    Please email us at “java at” with this problem.

  16. Aldo Gutierrez Says:

    Do you have plans to update it to IntellJIdea 10.5.2?

  17. Vitaly Mikheev Says:

    Yes, of course. Native compiled IDEA 10.5 is under internal testing now. We will update it by the end of this month.

  18. Dmitry Leskov Says:

    Updated to 10.5.2, both Windows and Linux.

  19. Peter Schunk Says:

    Would be nice to have a compiled ultimate version. I have a license and the compiled community edition is very smooth but i need the features of the ultimate. Or would it be possible that you publish your jetcp profile for compiling intllij because my attempt failed when launching the compiled ultimate version.

  20. Nikita Lipsky Says:

    To compile IntelliJ Idea you may use the following command:

    jc =idea

    You will need Excelsior JET 7.6 Enterprise Edition or Evaluation for this.

  21. Nikita Lipsky Says:

    The command is:

    jc =idea [IdeaDir]

  22. Peter Schunk Says:

    Thanks for that info. I’ll give it a try 🙂