Apache NetBeans

RATING:

4.3

(226)

About Apache NetBeans

Apache NetBeans is an open-source integrated development environment (IDE) that provides tools for Java, JavaScript, HTML5, and many other languages. It provides smart editing tools and allows users to easily refactor code. Apache NetBeans is compatible with windows, Linux, Mac OSX, and BSD operating systems. The IDE’s general editor features include code formatting, code folding, custom keyboard shortcuts, smart code completion, name and parameter suggestions, plus many other features. Additionally, users can access, add, or edit code templates within Apache NetBeans. Support is available via online documentation, a wiki page, learning trails, and other resources.

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Apache NetBeans Pricing

Apache NetBeans is free and open-source.

Free trial: 

Not Available

Free version: 

Available

Apache NetBeans Reviews

Overall Rating

4.3

Ratings Breakdown

Secondary Ratings

Ease-of-use

4

Customer Support

4

Value for money

4.5

Functionality

4.5

Most Helpful Reviews for Apache NetBeans

1 - 5 of 225 Reviews

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Hasan

Verified reviewer

Banking, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

4

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

4

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed June 2021

Best IDE for Web, Desktop and Mobile Apps

It's been more than 3 years I am working on NetBeans and I am very satisfied. It helped me in developing multiple projects and especially integration with Ant, SVN, JEE servers and Maven. It is highly recommended to new developers.

PROS

NetBeans is very well organized in terms of code development and java web development. It works on different platforms like Windows and Linux. The best part of NetBeans is that it has visual web pack feature. It comes with a lot of useful features such as debugging, code completion, multiple programming language support, integration and plugins. It's integration is awesome with other tools. The best feature of this product is source control management like GitHub and other version control tools.

CONS

Sometimes NetBeans crash when used for a long period, which is frustrating. It does not come with any professional support but one can easily join different groups or take help from seniors or from different forums. While working on big projects it consumes a lot of memory space and slow down other system processes.

Reasons for switching to Apache NetBeans

The main reason is that it is really difficult to integrate with other tools. It is little difficult to understand for new developers.

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Omar Eduardo

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Computer Software, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used weekly for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

4

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed June 2021

Surpassed by the competition

Apache NetBeans is a good IDE, with good integration with Java. I would recommend it specifically to people that develop Java GUI applications with Swing. Its Swing integration is very intuitive, fully-featured and very reliable. Compared to Eclipse, working with Swing applications with NetBeans is a great option.

PROS

NetBeans is easy to use and install. I used it mainly on the Windows platform, and I used it mainly to develop Java software and Java GUI Applications with Swing. Compared to other tools on the market, I think NetBeans has the best Swing support of all the IDEs I have tried (Eclipse tools have more bugs, Visual Studio Code does not natively support them). Its debugging tools are easy to use and very functional.

CONS

NetBeans is usually slow to load and can be a resource hog. When working on my Mac laptop, battery drains quickly. I had many bugs using NetBeans v12 on Mac. I kept from updating to the newest version because I felt they were more stable for my workflow.

Reason for choosing Apache NetBeans

I did not choose Apache over the other tools.

Keith

Computer & Network Security, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

3

EASE OF USE

3

VALUE FOR MONEY

4

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

3

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed November 2022

Good for Java and some other mobile languages

I would try it again and it was good for the java world and development

PROS

Great product that was fast at compiling and giving me answers to questions, great at picking out errors and very prompt and thorough about it.

CONS

Not that great with startup or switching environments or even switching jve, jvm

Reasons for switching to Apache NetBeans

better development environment for java

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Bishal

Verified reviewer

Computer Software, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

4

EASE OF USE

4

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed December 2023

Very good IDE for Java

PROS

I loved its smart code completion features and suggestion features of classes, methods and variables in Java. Its Gui builder is also very good and easy to use. Its built-in debugger was also good and was really useful for me.

CONS

I think it is taking too many resources and feels laggy sometimes when running heavy projects. Using it feels heavy than using other lighter IDE.

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Kirk

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Computer Software, 51-200 employees

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed December 2022

Netbeans - Excellent IDE for PHP development

PROS

There are lots of editors out there for PHP, but Netbeans is one of the best out there for debugging

CONS

Despite relatively simple requirements and few open pages, memory usage seems to quickly grow to where 3 gigs of RAM can be consumed. I'm not sure what all is in there.

Reasons for switching to Apache NetBeans

Cost. Switching to open source was a huge benefit.