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Netbeans is an integrated development environment (IDE) for developing with Java, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, Groovy, C, C++, Scala, Clojure, and other languages.

From Wikipedia article:

"The NetBeans IDE is written in Java and can run anywhere a compatible JVM is installed, including Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Solaris. A JDK is required for Java development functionality, but is not required for development in other programming languages."


Install the netbeans package which is available in the official repositories.

Tips and tricks

Note: The global netbeans.conf /usr/share/netbeans/etc/netbeans.conf will be overwritten during updates. To keep changes add them to your local netbeans.conf ~/.netbeans/<ver>/etc/netbeans.conf (you will need to create the etc dir and the .conf file).
  • Settings in local version of netbeans.conf override the same settings in the global copy of the file.
  • Command-line options override settings in either of the configuration files.

Font antialiasing in Netbeans

Netbeans Specifically

Add -J-Dswing.aatext=TRUE -J-Dawt.useSystemAAFontSettings=on to the 'netbeans_default_options' line of your netbeans.conf file.

Java Generally

See Java#Better font rendering .

Look and feel

To change Netbeans look and feel, add switch --laf yourLookAndFeel to IDE command line by appending it to ‘netbeans_default_options’ section of /usr/share/netbeans/etc/netbeans.conf or editing .desktop file with which you launch Netbeans.

For GTK: --laf

For Nimbus: --laf

Integrate with tomcat

It is possible to debug web applications running on tomcat within netbeans:

First install, tomcat and configure /etc/tomcat7/tomcat-users.xml

Then, in netbeans go to Tools>Servers>Add Server and select Apache Tomcat.

In server location specify /usr/share/tomcat7

Check "Use Private Configuration Folder (Catalina Base)" and specify an empty directory where the applications will be deployed, for example /home/USER_NAME/.tomcat7

Finally, set the username and password you configured in /etc/tomcat7/tomcat-users.xml


OpenJDK vs Sun's JDK

Netbeans 7.0-1 will not ALWAYS work with OpenJDK. Some reported issues are:

  • Starting - In some cases, netbeans will not start.
  • Installation - The .sh script provided by netbeans will not launch wizard (any proofs?).
  • JavaFX module does not work (see FS#29843).

Glassfish server - Can`t download Glassfish server I/O Exception

If you are trying add new Glassfish server, you can`t download the server. Netbeans returns

I/O Exception:

Solution is:

Netbeans doesn't start after its first start

If you receive a message like this when executing from terminal:

# netbeans -h
 Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/lib/i386/ cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

You have two options:

  • You can start Netbeans using the --nosplash option:
# netbeans --nosplash
  • Or, install the missing library (libungif), then starting Netbeans as usual will work.

Arch forum thread

Netbeans starts with a completely grey window

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Reason: most likely fixed in current versions of OpenJDK (Discuss in Talk:Netbeans#)

See Java#Impersonate Another Window Manager

This may not be quite 100% out of date; the problem occurred while using NetBeans 7.2, OpenJDK 7.u7_2.3.2-2, "$ java -version" reporting 1.7.0_07. The following is robbed from Awesome's wiki (although I experienced the problem using Xmonad), which fixed my all-grey window problem:


Integrate Netbeans with kwallet

Netbeans may need to store some passwords. It can do that in kwallet. See netbeans' wiki [[1]]

However, you need to install and configure qtchooser so that netbeans find the qdbus command:

$ pacman -S qtchooser
$ ln -sf /etc/xdg/qtchooser/4.conf /etc/xdg/qtchooser/default.conf

See forum discussion [[2]]