Eclipse vs. NetBeans

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Eclipse
Score 8.0 out of 10
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Eclipse is a free and open source integrated development environment (IDE).N/A
NetBeans
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
NetBeans is a free and open source platform and integrated development environment (IDE).N/A
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Editions & Modules
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Considered Both Products
Eclipse
Chose Eclipse
Eclipse provides the complexity necessary to trump Atom when working with Java, and is free when compared to WebStorm. NetBeans is a worthy competitor but it is all about preference.
Chose Eclipse
Eclipse is better than NetBeans from many perspectives. IntelliJ is even better than Eclipse, but it is not for free
Chose Eclipse
I have used IBM Rational Application Developer earlier but that consumes a lot of space and slows down our PC/laptop. Compare to such tools, Eclipse is a lighter version and consumes less space and provides faster response once it is loaded. I would prefer Eclipse anytime when …
Chose Eclipse
They are very similar but eclipse has greater availability of plugins that allow you to achieve much more satisfactory results, in the products that are developed, the basic configurations are a bit more difficult than in NetBeans but they are much more specific and much more …
Chose Eclipse
Personally, I like Eclipse more than the less heavy one, it is a development environment that allows applications to be developed from a set of modules, which can be done independently. It offers common reusable services for desktop applications, allowing developers to focus on …
Chose Eclipse
NetBeans is the closest competitor I've found to Eclipse for Java development. IntelliJ IDEA is good as well but it isn't free. NetBeans is a free competitor that has split the Java community, and a lot of it comes down to preference, like the famous vim vs. emacs wars. I would …
Chose Eclipse
Eclipse used to be the defacto standard for code development. But in recent years, as it has started focusing on its other products, like Orion and Che, it's core IDE (with focus on the 'I'), has seen a slowdown in its prominence. It cannot be compared to just the massive …
Chose Eclipse
Eclipse and NetBeans are open-sourced and does not require a license to use the software. However, Eclipse has a wide selection of plugins to choose from to integrate any tools within the workspace, making development more accessible, and reducing the developer effort.
Chose Eclipse
Eclipse could be replaced by NetBeans or WebStorm, but these last two don't have an ABAP development tools plugin (not that I know of at least).
Chose Eclipse
Eclipse beats all other Java IDEs in my honest opinion. I've tried NetBeans (among others) in the past for Java projects, but didn't see the same value which Eclipse provides. I have moved over to Visual Studio Code for Node.js, React Native and other JavaScript specific …
Chose Eclipse
As compared to NetBeans, Eclipse is much faster. NetBeans needs to have JDK 1.8 which sometimes creates problems if your system already has a higher version installed, besides it has a glassfish server which is hard to configure. Integration of MySQL or other database is …
Chose Eclipse
I think Eclipse is best for Java while the other products, for example, NetBeans, is good for PHP. Visual Studio is really good for C#. I would still say Eclipse is really good overall, but awesome for Java developers.
Chose Eclipse
Eclipse stands out with its feature set, reliability, and being completely free of charge. I have previously used NetBeans but had reliability issues with it, at least on Windows version. IDEA has modern UI and is significantly more user friendly than Eclipse; however, the free …
Chose Eclipse
Compared to IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse is free of charge and that is the main advantage for me. Over the time I got used to Eclipse, I didn't want to switch even though I could, because all I need is there and it works like a charm. Compared to NetBeans, I found the community of …
Chose Eclipse
Eclipse is far better than NetBeans. But when compared to IntellijIdea Eclipse is a good choice when it comes to handling large projects and costs. Eclipse has room to improve on its UI and IntelliSense.
Chose Eclipse
Eclipse IDE is great when compared to other IDEs like Visual Studio IDE, Intelli J IDEA, Net Beans IDE. It loads up fast and opens up the workspace very fast. The auto saving feature of the entire workspace is really great for developers who frequently forget to save their …
Chose Eclipse
Above all, the great variety of plugins that eclipse offers you for your developments, allowing you to consume personalized libraries that can help you in your development. Also its implementation is simpler and faster allowing you to establish a development environment even …
Chose Eclipse
Eclipse offers all the features in the other IDEs but without any cost. It also is memory efficient as compared to other IDEs. Various themes are available in eclipse and we can customize it according to our needs very easily. The Windows Toolkit allows us to build desktop …
Chose Eclipse
These are all very similar in what they can do, and so they all stack up very similarly. I personally have found that Eclipse did a little bit better when it came to programming with java and so that is why we went with it for the classes coding in Java.
Chose Eclipse
For no license, Eclipse is a very good start. IntelliJ has much greater support and tools for many things like connecting to all kinds of databases and SaaS platform such as Salesforce. Code refactoring is also very cool on IntelliJ compared to Eclipse. For Python and Django …
Chose Eclipse
Because it has amazing debugging functionalities that helps you to write well- tested and efficient reusable code. Ease of installation of Eclipse is very easy and has documentation which helps. It has great tools to work with XML and thus helps in creating schemas for various …
Chose Eclipse
I feel much more comfortable using Eclipse, I like to constantly refresh the functions, the versions, and the interface, that keeps me being a loyal customer of this software.
Chose Eclipse
Eclipse hepls to create web based applications in short amount of time which helps to reduce business cost and increase the overall team performance.
Chose Eclipse
The community around Eclipse keeps the product updated and (mostly) clean of errors. There is no commercial owner of Eclipse, so innovation is top priority for the project which leads to be more open, customizable and friendly to the users. IntelliJ is a good competitor, but …
NetBeans
Chose NetBeans

I originally began coding with Eclipse, but found debugging to be difficult to implement; switched to NetBeans and never really looked back. When coding for specific projects (for instance Android or a Java class ) Eclipse seems to have a better foothold on integration of …

Chose NetBeans
NetBeans is easier to use. It has a simpler UI and it's more similar with other IDEs than Eclipse. I never liked Eclipse's workspace concept, with NetBeans you just have projects. Overall I would say using NetBeans requires less learning since it's UI is more logical and you …
Chose NetBeans
I have been using NetBeans for many years and I am very comfortable with it. NetBeans is a Java IDE and for different languages ​​such as PHP, Javascript, JavaFX, C / C ++, etc. unlike Eclipse, which is more useful only for Java. NetBeans helps the developer to develop their …
Chose NetBeans
NetBeans goes with other IDE's in market like Eclipse, Rational Application Development and more.

I prefer NetBeans since it's a lighter version than RAD and Eclipse for building/developing Java and J2EE applications. It also has dynamic support for JavaScript, HTML, PHP.
Chose NetBeans
NetBeans holds its own in comparison to other IDEs. Versus IntelliJ and Eclipse, it's a matter of preference and familiarity.
Chose NetBeans
IntelliJ IDEA is more feature-rich and has professional support available, but comes with increased licensing costs.
Eclipse is widely used, and some of our developers still prefer Eclipse over NetBeans. However, developers spend more time working around IDE bugs when using Eclip…
Chose NetBeans
Netbeans has a larger number of plugins than Eclipse does which makes development easier. It provides a lot of support for enterprise Java based applications. It has a powerful user interface which makes it easier to navigate through the software. It provides support for the …
Chose NetBeans
I would say NetBeans only shines when it comes to smaller projects. I prefer using Eclipse and Intellij over NetBeans when it comes to developing larger projects.
Chose NetBeans
It works very smoothly as compared to other tools . The problem of restarting and reimporting the projects is not in the netbeans IDE . The front end development features are good . Netbeans connector is one of the best thing which enables us to deeply integrate netbeans IDE …
Chose NetBeans
Netbeans is great as a stand-alone java ide and for compiling your java code. The platform provides easy access to better make use of your repos. Between the other ide, NetBeans is easier for us to integrate with android SDK. The only problem is the UI and for all other code …
Chose NetBeans
It is supported primarily by Oracle and is free. This is a very important plus. Also, many things come embedded. You don't have to worry about adding library or framework. Finally, one of my favorite features is you can design the interface with drag and drop. This feature is …
Chose NetBeans
The biggest pro of NetBeans for us is that it is free and open-source, and this is why we decided to go with it over other similar products.
Chose NetBeans
Formatting becomes easy. File navigation becomes easy. Can compile code in IDE itself.
Chose NetBeans
All above mentioned is good for web development and Netbeans is an IDE which can do a lot more than normal text editors. File navigation is also easy in Netbeans.
Chose NetBeans
Both are very good IDE's especially for Java. Both have great integrations. I chose NetBeans because of the better integration with Glassfish.
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Small Businesses
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
EclipseNetBeans
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(71 ratings)
7.8
(22 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(2 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
7.2
(36 ratings)
8.3
(7 ratings)
User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
Open Source
I think that if someone asked me for an IDE for Java programming, I would definitely recommend Eclipse as is one of the most complete solutions for this language out there. If the main programming language of that person is not Java, I don't think Eclipse would suit his needs[.]
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Open Source
NetBeans is extremely user friendly and easy to start developing complex applications. Adding and configuring external libraries is much simpler than in Eclipse. It is highly cost effective and most of the latest framework based libraries required are automatically downloaded to the projects. The overall tool is also light weight and consumes less memory as compared to other competitor tools.
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Pros
Open Source
  • Eclipse organizes imports well and does a good job presenting different programming languages.
  • Eclipse auto formats source code allowing customization and increased readability.
  • Eclipse reports errors automatically to users rather than logging it to the console.
  • Eclipse has coding shortcuts and auto-correction features allowing faster software development.
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Open Source
  • Debugging - Save time hunting down errors by stepping through the code to find the root of a problem.
  • Refactoring - Easily rename classes and variables or make other structural changes using built-in refactoring tools.
  • Service management - NetBeans integrates seamlessly with web application servers like Tomcat and GlassFish.
  • Source control - Works well with Git and other version control tools.
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Cons
Open Source
  • While the DB integration is broad (many connectors) it isn't particularly deep. So if you need to do serious DB work on (for example) SQL Server, it is sometimes necessary to go directly to the SQL Server Studio. But for general access and manipulation, it is ok.
  • The syntax formatting is sometimes painful to set up and doesn't always support things well. For example, it doesn't effectively support SCSS.
  • Using it for remote debugging in a VM works pretty well, but it is difficult to set up and there is no documentation I could find to really explain how to do it. When remote debugging, the editor does not necessarily integrate the remote context. So, for example, things like Pylint don't always find the libraries in the VM and display spurious errors.
  • The debugging console is not the default, and my choice is never remembered, so every time I restart my program, it's a dialog and several clicks to get it back. The debugging console has the same contextual problems with remote debugging that the editor does.
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Open Source
  • NetBeans [should] work smoothly with systems having less RAM. Systems with less RAM face trouble with NetBeans.
  • File open history also requires improvement. Once NetBeans is restarted, all files are closed automatically and there is no shortcut to open last opened files.
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Likelihood to Renew
Open Source
I love this product, what makes it one of the best tool out in the market is its ability to function with a wide range of languages. The online community support is superb, so you are never stuck on an issue. The customization is endless, you can keep adding plugins or jars for more functionalities as per your requirements. It's Free !!!
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Open Source
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Usability
Open Source
It has everything that the developer needs to do the job. Few things that I have used in my day-to-day development 1. Console output. 2. Software flash functionality supporting multiple JTAG vendors like J-LINK. 3. Debugging capabilities like having a breakpoint, looking at the assembly, looking at the memory etc. this also applies to Embedded boards. 4. Plug-in like CMake, Doxygen and PlantUML are available.
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Open Source
Netbeans enhances my coding work, shows me where I have errors and helps find variable instances. I would be lost without find/replace in projects functionality as I use projects as templates for new projects. Occasionally the code hints aggravate me, but I understand that it is actually making me a better coder, working to get the 'green light' of a clean file with no errors or clumsy code.
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Support Rating
Open Source
I gave this rating because Eclipse is an open-source free IDE therefore no support system is available as far as I know. I have to go through other sources to solve my problem which is very tough and annoying. So if you are using Eclipse then you are on your own, as a student, it is not a big issue for me but for developers it is a need.
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Open Source
NetBeans has a very strong user community. We can find solutions here for almost all the problems we face. In addition, we can forward NetBeans Support teams the problems we cannot solve. We can get quick feedback from the support teams, but I generally try to solve my problems by following the forums.
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Alternatives Considered
Open Source
The installation, adaptability, and ease of usage for Eclipse are pretty high and simple compared to some of the other products. Also, the fact that it is almost a plug and play once the connections are established and once a new user gets the hang of the system comes pretty handy.
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Open Source
It works very smoothly as compared to other tools . The problem of restarting and reimporting the projects is not in the netbeans IDE . The front end development features are good . Netbeans connector is one of the best thing which enables us to deeply integrate netbeans IDE with google chrome browser
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Return on Investment
Open Source
  • This development environment offers the possibility of improving the productivity time of work teams by supporting the integration of large architectures.
  • It drives constant change and evolution in work teams thanks to its constant versioning.
  • It works well enough to develop continuous server client integrations, based on solid or any other programming principle.
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Open Source
  • By working on Netbeans I just learned one more tool and can teach others about it. One should learn every tool so that it might help someday if another editor is not available and you have to use different software for your work.
  • Compiling code became easy as it is not a feature of normal text editors. Only IDE can do this.
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