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NetBeans is an open source Java development environment - a complete environment covering Develop desktop, mobile and web applications with Java, PHP, C/C++, and Groovy. The full spectrum of Java development is covered including Java SE, Java FX, Java ME and Java EE. Supports Git and Subversion source code management. The web application development bundle also includes Apache Tomcat and GlassFish web servers.

It features customized keybindings and visual tuning to ensure it is a comfortable, fun-to-use environment for Mac users.

What's New

Version 8.0:
  • Java SE 8 embedded support
  • Java ME 8 embedded support
  • Enhanced HTML 5 support
  • Additional enhancements


  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • JDK 7 or later

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Sparrowhawk Member IconComment+23

Note that lots of people (including myself) have been experiencing hangs with Netbeans 7.4 when using the current JDK 7

There is a known bug in the JDK (not in Netbeans itself) that causes this. For now the workaround is to upgrade to the beta of JDK8 (which I have done with no ill effects seemingly with regards other Java apps) or to wait for the JDK7 u55 release which also has the fix (according to the Netbeans bugtracker ticket on this - (bug id 236101)

Hope this helps anyone else experiencing this problem.

I'll refrain from saying too much about the commenter below who castigates other reviewers for putting up with Java aesthetics whilst giving half a star to a product that is so feature rich and free... to each their own, eh?

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Version 7.4
rtheone Member IconReview+5

Ugly piece of Java crap, which doesn't adhere to any Mac OS X standard at all (not even a plain open file dialog box). Slow responsiveness and bad graphical rendering that often stretches far outside both windows and screen. The whole layout of the UI is backward-thinking for me, and soo stoneage à la MSWindows era.

Actually, I found it so bad that it even hurt my respect for the commentators here at MacUpdate. This should have a big red warning triangle at the top of the download page.

A total waste of biological life time!

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Version 7.3.1

Once upon a time, Java development was supported in XCode ... but not so today.

So ... yes, Netbeans is a "piece of Java" written by Java developers for Java development and the Java shows... For Java development, today Netbeans one of the better options on OS X.

However, I do prefer and use Coda 2 for HTML/CSS/JavaScript & some PHP development ... much better OS X interface.

That said, *if* you doing enterprise level web development, then Netbeans can run, debug and performance/memory monitor both server-side and client-side in a way that Coda 2 does-not.

And finally, for C/C++ development, I use XCode (for Apple native) or Qt Creator (for cross platform) unless the C/C++ was inherently used in the enterprise web development.

Aetnaria Member IconComment+98

7.4 is out.

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Version 7.3.1
Sparrowhawk Member IconReview+23

Hi MacUpdate Admins,

7.3.1 is out now, and 7.3 had been out for quite some time.

I love this IDE (in my opinion it is far superior to Eclipse, but I appreciate that others will disagree). I use it for large-scale backend PHP work and it a joy and huge timesaver.

It may be a Java app, but frankly I don't care - the features are outstanding and the responsiveness is more than acceptable.

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Version 7.2

Thanks for pointing us to this update!


My pleasure. :)

--marc Member IconReview+35

I use Netbeans for professional and hobby Java/PHP development. ... and sometimes for non-iOS/Cocoa C/C++.

I used Eclipse for several years, then later switched to Netbeans. The switch is because I found the Netbeans included features in a less cluttered and bloated way than Eclipse. Netbeans had more of what I needed and less of what I did not use with a cleaner user interface.

I'm happy with Netbeans 7.2 on both Lion and Mountain Lion.

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Version 7.2
Umaromc Member IconComment+722

Oddly enough, Oracle isn't a "recognized developer." If you've OS X 10.8 and this option in GateKeeper the DMG won't [be allowed to] load.

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Version 7.2
Ozron Member IconComment+25

NetBeans IDE 7.0.1 is now out. This page should be updated.

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Version 6.9

yup plus there is no Sun microsystems now.

Daniel-Alex-Finkelstein Member IconReview+33

NetBeans 6.9 is the latest version of the IDE originally developed by Sun, now under the Oracle brand. Like its predecessors it's free. Similar to Eclipse, it's Java-based and can be extended with plugins and modules for language support and other features.

NetBeans supports binary instrumentation for performance analysis on Solaris and Linux platforms, but not Mac OS X. If such instrumentation is required on Mac OS X, the free XCode is available from Apple on the developer web site with optional performance analysis tools selected.

NetBeans and Eclipse appear to be just as fast, or slow depending on your perception, at runtime and both support global and per-project configurations of the compilers, environment, etc. NetBeans doesn't have header template support like Eclipse (where new files will have custom comments or pragmas defined to indicate the name of the developer, date of modification, etc., though those can be implemented with version control keywords, which NetBeans supports).

I've had Eclipse crash often when attempting to create new makefile projects or new projects altogether, whereas NetBeans doesn't suffer the same fate. Overall, NetBeans seems more stable.

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Version 6.9
one78man Member IconReview+10

I really love to develop software with NetBeans, there are a lot of options and it helps you to handle some boring operations. Sometimes it will drive you crazy because of some defects but in the end it's still a very good IDE. :)

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Version 6.5.1
wfm Member IconReview+36

This is a great IDE.

So much nicer to use than Eclipse based IDEs.

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Version 6.5
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Version 7.3.1
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Version 6.9
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Version 6.9
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Downloads 18,456
Version Downloads 1,053
License Free
Date 18 Mar 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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