Download NetBeans from the official website:

Take the NetBeans Java EE version.


  • Download the NetBeans script
  • Make the script executable and run it
chmod 755

Installation process

On installation start you can choose to install or not some servers:

  • Glassfish 4 = full JEE server. It provides EJB, JSF and all the JEE stack. Your application can rely on it.
  • Tomcat 8 = servlet container. It can only display JSP. You have to provide the other library into your application.

[ I like to install them separately ]

Accept all license terms for both Java & jUnit.

Installation step 01

Let the IDE check for update in background.

Installation step 02

JDK settings

Adjust NetBeans' JDK

When you upgrade your JDK you might have a NetBeans error at startup. You have to edit the core configuration file.

  • Close NetBeans
  • edit: $NetBeans\etc\netbeans.conf
netbeans_jdkhome="C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_21"
  • Adjust default JDK path

Register new JDK into the application

Start NetBeans, go to “Tools > Java Platforms”

  • Add the new JDK
  • You can also remove the old ones that don’t exist anymore


Look and feel

Tools > Options > Appearance > "look and feel"

The *Nimbus* look is a bit more friendly for your eyes. The gray background is better :)

Fonts & Colors

Tools > Options > "Fonts and colors"

The *Norway Today* theme is a high contrast theme.


Remove trailing spaces and unused imports

Tools > Options > Editor > OnSave

  • All languages
    • enable 'remove trailing whitespaces from: 'ALL LINES'
Remove trailing spaces
  • Java
    • Click on the 2 import checkboxes
Adjust import

Code generation

Tools > Options > Editor > Formatting

  • Language: All languages
  • Category: Tabs and indents


  • Language: Java
  • Category: code generation

Display JavaDoc with code completion

To improve development comfort you can display the JavaDoc along with Code Completion.

Tools > Options > Editor > Code Completion

Code completion

Increase terminal history

Tools > Options > Miscellaneous > Terminal > Increase history to, at least, 80 000

Terminal history

Ant home

If you have your own ANT installation you can use it instead of the default one.

Tools > Java > Ant

ANT configuration

Maven configuration

Plugin configuration

Tools > Options > Java > Maven

  • adjust installation path
  • Adjust JavaDoc and Source retrieval. I advise you to use 1st project only
Maven JavaDoc

Add Maven SkipTests build

Tools > Options > Java > Maven > Edit Global Custom Goal Definitions

  • ADD new "skipTests"
  • Goals: clean install
  • Set Properties: skipTests
Maven SkipTests

Then, right click on project name > Custom > skipTests

JavaFX Scene Builder

Download JavaFX scene builder:

Tools > Options > Java > JavaFX

If you have installed the JavaFX Scene Builder you can specify the link here:

JavaFX config


Eclipse code formatter

Tools > Plugins > Available plugins Install "Eclipse code formatter"

Then, after the installation go to: Tools > Options > Java > Eclipse formatter just ENABLE the Eclipse formatter and set a configuration file. Note: don't forget to click format on save at the bottom.

Jacoco code coverage

Tools > Plugins > Available plugins Install:

  • TikiOne JaCoCoverage Plugin
  • TikiOne JaCoCo Reporting Libraries
  • TikiOne JaCoCoverage Libraries
  • JaCoCo Library
JaCoco code Coverage

Click on install, accept the license, trust the packages and restart NetBeans.

!! For the plugin to work, you must use the default report file 'jacoco.exec' !!!

Adjust your project’s Maven Surefire plugin settings accordingly


Official Web site:


Tools Menu > Plugins > Settings

  • add a new update center
Checkstyle install 01
  • Just fill up the form:
Checkstyle install 02

For NetBeans 7.x the URL is:

  • Now go to Tools > Plugins > Available plugins
  • Install checkstyle
Checkstyle install 03
Checkstyle configuration

Tools > Options > Miscellaneous > Checkstyle

Set your configuration file

Checkstyle usage

Shortcuts and Customization


Official list of NetBeans shortcuts:

View packages as tree

Right click on the Projects tab > View Java Packages as > Reduced Tree or Tree

Tree packages

Where is the current file?

This is Eclipse “find in Editor”

You have to use the shortcuts: Ctrl + Shift + 1

Find usage

This is Eclipse Call Hierarchy

Use “ Alt + F7 ” shortcut

Generate Getters and Setters

Use “ Alt + insert ” shortcut

Maximize / Minimize code window

Use the “ Shift + Esc ” shortcut

Useful windows

This is like the Eclipse views

  • Window > Action item
  • Window > Output > { Output + Test Results + Search Results }
  • Window >Navigating > Navigator
  • Window > Other > JavaDoc

Server configuration

This is not necessary if you installed Glassfish and/or Tomcat with NetBeans.

GlassfishJEE server

Tools > Server > Add a new server

  • Select Glassfish server
  • Choose your server location
Netbeans Glassfish

Let the default settings and click finish

Apache Tomcat

Tools > Servers > Add Server

  • Select Apache Tomcat
  • Choose your location and set a Tomcat user, as defined in $Tomcat/conf/tomcat-users.xml
Netbeans Tomcat

Click finish

Other plugins

Tools > Plugin > Available plugins

  • Dark look and feel themes