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Never leave your Java IDE with Google Cloud Tools for IntelliJ plugin

August 22, 2016
Amir Rouzrokh

Product Manager

Java Integrated Development Environment (IDE) users prefer to stay in the same environment to develop and test their applications. Now, users of JetBrain’s popular IntelliJ IDEA can do this when they deploy to Google App Engine.


Starting today, IntelliJ IDEA users can use the new Google Cloud Tools for IntelliJ plugin to deploy their application in App Engine standard and App Engine flexible, and use Google Stackdriver Debugger and Google Cloud Source Repositories without leaving the IDE.

Stackdriver Debugger captures and inspects the call stack and local variables of a live cloud-based application without stopping the app or slowing it down, while Google Cloud Source Repositories are fully-featured, private Git repositories hosted on GCP. The plugin is available on IntelliJ versions 15.0.6 and above and can be installed through the intelliJ IDEA’s built-in plugin manager. It can also be downloaded as a binary from the Jetbrains plugin repository, as described in the installation documentation. The entire plugin source code is available on GitHub, and we welcome contributions and issue reporting from the wider community.

To install the plugin, start IntelliJ IDEA, head to File > Settings (on Mac OS X, open IntelliJ IDEA > Preferences), select Plugins, click Browse repositories, search and select Google Cloud Tools and click Install (you may also be asked to install an additional Google plugin for authorization purposes).


Once installed, make sure you have a billing-enabled project on GCP under your Google account (new users can sign up for free credits here). Open any of your Java web apps that listens on port 8080 and Choose Tools > Deploy to App Engine, where you’ll see a deployment dialog. Below is an example based on Maven (full quickstart instructions can be found here):


Once you click Run, the Google Cloud Tools for IntelliJ plugin deploys your application to App Engine flexible in to the cloud (if this is the first deploy, this can take a few minutes). The deployment output in the IntelliJ shell will show the URL of the application to point to in your browser.

You can also deploy a JAR or WAR file using the same process, instead choosing the Filesystem JAR or WAR file on the Deployment dropdown, as shown below.


You can check the status of your application in the Google Cloud Platform Console by heading to the App Engine tab and clicking on Instances to see the underlying infrastructure of your application in action.

We'll continue adding support for more GCP services to the plugin, so stay tuned for update notifications in the IDE. If you have specific feature requests, please submit them on the GitHub repository.

To learn more about Java on GCP, visit the GCP Java developers portal, where you can find all the information you need to get started and running your Java applications on GCP.

Happy Coding!

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