Force.com IDE
Develop, test, and deploy applications on the Force.com platform

The Force.com IDE is a powerful client application for creating, modifying and deploying Force.com applications. Based on the Eclipse platform and built on the Tooling API, the Force.com 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 Force.com platform—the Force.com IDE performs the communication and result parsing transparently.

The Force.com 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 Force.com IDE installation instructions to get started now, or read An Introduction to the Force.com IDE.

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Major Features

Apex Code  The Force.com IDE is the only tool you need to write and manage Apex classes and triggers. The Force.com 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 Force.com 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 Force.com IDE. Similar to the Apex Explorer, the Schema Explorer shows information about all standard and custom objects and fields.

Code Share  Apply Force.com 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 Summer '14

The Summer '14 (Force.com IDE v30.0) contains the following updates.

  • Made the Force.com IDE source code available on GitHub.
  • Added new metadata support. See the Salesforce.com Summer '14 Release Notes for a complete list of metadata enhancements.
  • Facilitated editing of metadata using the new Properties tab—a form-based GUI.
  • Discontinued support for Java 6. We now require Java 7.
  • Set offline mode as default for new projects to shorten save times.
  • Enabled syntax checking and outline view using a new parser, which can be toggled through Preferences… > Force.com > Apex Parser.
  • Set the Tooling API as the default mechanism used for Apex classes and triggers, and for Visualforce pages and components.
  • Removed inline auto-complete tips for Apex built-in objects to allow packaging of a new compiler that features outline view. Auto-complete tips are still available in Spring '14 (Force.com IDE v30.0) and earlier versions.


See the Force.com IDE Release Notes for a full description.


Installation

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


Resources

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An Introduction to the Force.com IDE

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Force.com IDE installation instructions

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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 Force.com Applications to Production Faster

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Community Discussion Board

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GitHub Repository