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

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.

What's New in Spring '15

Spring ’15 ( IDE v33.0) contains the following updates.

New wizard for generating Apex classes from a WSDL

Previously, you could only generate classes from a WSDL in the Salesforce user interface. The WSDL-based classes enable you to make callouts to external services.

Open-source code for the WSDL to Apex wizard is available in the WSDL2Apex GitHub repository. Developers in the GitHub community can add enhancements or customizations to WSDL2Apex. The IDE plug-in is a snapshot of the WSDL2Apex and idecore GitHub repositories at the time of the latest official plug-in release.

The Spring ’15 ( IDE v33.0) version of the WSDL to Apex tool includes this user-visible contribution from the open-source community.

Added integer and boolean as reserved keywords. These words now pick up the _x suffix when used as variable names.

Incorporated pull requests from the open-source community

For complete lists of pull requests, see and User-visible impacts of community-submitted changes that were incorporated in Spring ’15 ( IDE v33.0) include:

Respect spacesForTabs preference for auto-indent—#39
Previously, a hard-coded tab character in led to Apex files that contained a mixture of spaces and tabs when the spacesForTabs preference was enabled. This change makes the IDE respect Eclipse’s General | Editors | Text Editors | Insert spaces for tabs preference.
Speed up unit test postprocessing—#52
This change made a significant improvement in debug-log processing speeds when running unit tests.
Changes to monitor only SF files in `/src/` folder—#57
Popup menus now work only in the src folder and on projects.
The submenu is now easier to see, thanks to the addition of an icon.
Changes for Apex Test Runner: Code coverage results should be alphabetized—#61
Code coverage results are now alphabetized in the Apex Test Runner pane.
Fix display of child and parent records in schema browser—#64
A red “icon missing” image has been removed in the Schema Explorer. This icon was displayed erroneously.
Need to have a different text for debug only—#65
The Execute Anonymous view now displays System.debug statements in a more noticeable text style.

See the IDE Release Notes for a full description.


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