Develop, test, and deploy applications on the platform

The IDE is a powerful client application for creating, modifying and deploying applications. Based on the Eclipse platform and built on the Tooling API, the IDE provides a comfortable environment for programmers familiar with integrated development environments, letting you code, compile, test, package, and deploy all from within the IDE. Much of the actual work, such as compilation, happens on the platform—the IDE performs the communication and result parsing transparently.

The IDE is open-source. You can download the source code on GitHub. We look forward to seeing how the IDE develops as the community tinkers with it!

Check out the IDE installation instructions to get started now, or read An Introduction to the IDE.

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Major Features

Lightning Components  The benefits of Lightning Components include an out-of-the-box set of components, event-driven architecture, and a framework optimized for performance. Learn more about Lightning Components.

Apex Code  The IDE is the only tool you need to write and manage Apex classes and triggers. The IDE locates syntax errors, and its Apex Test Runner executes unit tests and integrates error messages, debug output, and code coverage reports. Learn more about Apex.

Visualforce  Create and edit Visualforce pages, components, static resources, and controllers. Learn more about Visualforce.

Application Components  Download and edit all metadata components available in the Metadata API. Create Eclipse projects containing definitions of your schema, tabs, applications, and more! Edit these components directly in the IDE and changes are saved back to your organization automatically. Learn more about Metadata.

Development Lifecycle  Develop and test your project against a Sandbox or Developer Edition organization, then deploy the finished application into your production organization with the Deploy to Server wizard. Learn more about Enterprise Development.

Online Project Mode  Keep your local metadata files up to date with your Salesforce organization and easily detect and resolve conflicting changes.

Schema Explorer  View your Salesforce organization's schema and construct and execute SOQL queries from within the IDE. Similar to the Apex Explorer, the Schema Explorer shows information about all standard and custom objects and fields.

Code Share  Apply application lifecycle management best practices through integration with any Eclipse-enabled version control system. Teams can now collaborate on the development, testing and deployment of their PaaS applications.


Start developing applications today with the IDE. Sign up for a free Developer Edition account, then follow the IDE installation instructions.


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An Introduction to the IDE

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Release Notes

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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An Introduction to Metadata and Development as a Service

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Deploy Applications to Production Faster

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Community Discussion Board

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GitHub Repository