NetBeans is an integrated development environment (IDE) for Java. NetBeans allows applications to be developed from a set of modular software components called modules. NetBeans runs on Windows, macOS, Linux and Solaris. In addition to Java development, it has extensions for other languages like PHP, C, C++, HTML5,[4] and JavaScript. Applications based on NetBeans, including the NetBeans IDE, can be extended by third party developers.[5]

NetBeans IDE
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Apache NetBeans 10 On JDK 11.0.1 in Arch Linux
Apache NetBeans 10 On JDK 11.0.1 in Arch Linux
Original author(s)Roman Staněk
Developer(s)Apache Software Foundation, Oracle Corporation
Stable release
11.0[1] / April 4, 2019
Preview release
10vc3[2] / November 7, 2018
Written inJava
Operating systemWindows, macOS, Linux, Solaris; feature-limited OS independent version available
PlatformJava SE, Java EE, Java FX
Available in28 languages
List of languages
LicenseApache License 2.0 (previously CDDL or GPLv2 with classpath exception)[3]


NetBeans began in 1996 as Xelfi (word play on Delphi),[6][7] a Java IDE student project under the guidance of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University in Prague. In 1997, Roman Staněk formed a company around the project and produced commercial versions of the NetBeans IDE until it was bought by Sun Microsystems in 1999. Sun open-sourced the NetBeans IDE in June of the following year. Since then, the NetBeans community has continued to grow.[8] In 2010, Sun (and thus NetBeans) was acquired by Oracle Corporation. Under Oracle, NetBeans competed with JDeveloper, a freeware IDE that has historically been a product of the company. In September 2016, Oracle submitted a proposal to donate the NetBeans project to the Apache Software Foundation, stating that it was "opening up the NetBeans governance model to give NetBeans constituents a greater voice in the project's direction and future success through the upcoming release of Java 9 and NetBeans 9 and beyond". The move was endorsed by Java creator James Gosling.[9] The project entered the Apache Incubator in October 2016.[10]

NetBeans IDE releases[11]

NetBeans IDE 6.0 introduced support for developing IDE modules and rich client applications based on the NetBeans platform, a Java Swing GUI builder (formerly known as "Project Matisse"), improved CVS support, WebLogic 9 and JBoss 4 support, and many editor enhancements. NetBeans 6 is available in official repositories of major Linux distributions.

NetBeans IDE 6.5, released in November 2008, extended the existing Java EE features (including Java Persistence support, EJB 3 and JAX-WS). Additionally, the NetBeans Enterprise Pack supports the development of Java EE 5 enterprise applications, including SOA visual design tools, XML schema tools, web services orchestration (for BPEL), and UML modeling. The NetBeans IDE Bundle for C/C++ supports C/C++ and FORTRAN development.

NetBeans IDE 6.8 is the first IDE to provide complete support of Java EE 6 and the GlassFish Enterprise Server v3. Developers hosting their open-source projects on additionally benefit from instant messaging and issue tracking integration and navigation right in the IDE, support for web application development with PHP 5.3 and the Symfony framework, and improved code completion, layouts, hints and navigation in JavaFX projects.

NetBeans IDE 6.9, released in June 2010, added support for OSGi, Spring Framework 3.0, Java EE dependency injection (JSR-299), Zend Framework for PHP, and easier code navigation (such as "Is Overridden/Implemented" annotations), formatting, hints, and refactoring across several languages.

NetBeans IDE 7.0 was released in April 2011. On August 1, 2011, the NetBeans Team released NetBeans IDE 7.0.1, which has full support for the official release of the Java SE 7 platform.[12]

NetBeans IDE 7.3 was released in February 2013 which added support for HTML5 and web technologies.[13]

NetBeans IDE 7.4 was released on 15 October 2013.

NetBeans IDE 8.0 was released on 18 March 2014.

NetBeans IDE 8.1 was released on 4 November 2015.

NetBeans IDE 8.2 was released on 3 October 2016.

Netbeans 9.0, which adds support for Java 9 and 10, was released on 29 July 2018, by the Apache Incubator project.[10][11][14][15]

NetBeans 10.0 was released on 27 December 2018. It brings support for Java 11 and improved support for PHP (7.0–7.3).

NetBeans 11.0 was released on 4 April 2019.

NetBeans platform

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NetBeans screenshot

The NetBeans Platform is a framework for simplifying the development of Java Swing desktop applications. The NetBeans IDE bundle for Java SE contains what is needed to start developing NetBeans plugins and NetBeans Platform based applications; no additional SDK is required.

Applications can install modules dynamically. Any application can include the Update Center module to allow users of the application to download digitally signed upgrades and new features directly into the running application. Reinstalling an upgrade or a new release does not force users to download the entire application again.

The platform offers reusable services common to desktop applications, allowing developers to focus on the logic specific to their application. Among the features of the platform are:

  • User interface management (e.g. menus and toolbars)
  • User settings management
  • Storage management (carries out efficient storage)
  • Window management
  • Wizard framework (supports step-by-step dialogs)
  • NetBeans Visual Library
  • Integrated development tools

A showcase of applications developed on top of NetBeans Platform is available at

NetBeans IDE

NetBeans IDE is an open-source integrated development environment. NetBeans IDE supports development of all Java application types (Java SE (including JavaFX), Java ME, web, EJB and mobile applications) out of the box. Among other features are an Ant-based project system, Maven support, refactorings, version control (supporting CVS, Subversion, Git, Mercurial and Clearcase).

Modularity: All the functions of the IDE are provided by modules. Each module provides a well-defined function, such as support for the Java language, editing, or support for the CVS versioning system, and SVN. NetBeans contains all the modules needed for Java development in a single download, allowing the user to start working immediately. Modules also allow NetBeans to be extended. New features, such as support for other programming languages, can be added by installing additional modules. For instance, Sun Studio, Sun Java Studio Enterprise, and Sun Java Studio Creator from Sun Microsystems are all based on the NetBeans IDE.

License: From July 2006 through 2007, NetBeans IDE was licensed under Sun's Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL), a license based on the Mozilla Public License (MPL). In October 2007, Sun announced that NetBeans would henceforth be offered under a dual license of the CDDL and the GPL version 2 licenses, with the GPL linking exception for GNU Classpath[16] The NetBeans Community blog has announced that Oracle is proposing to entrust the development of the NetBeans platform and IDE to the Apache Foundation to “open up the government model,” reaffirming its commitment to the project. NetBeans is currently submitted as a Proposal to Apache, and it will enter incubation if accepted.

Other products

In an October 2016 interview with Gabriela Motroc, Oracle Vice President Bill Pataky stated that Oracle has a number of products that depend on NetBeans.[17]

  • Oracle Developer Studio, a commercial C, C++, Fortran and Java development environment is 100% based on NetBeans[17]
  • Oracle JDeveloper, an end-to-end development for Oracle's technology stack takes major subsystems from NetBeans[17]
  • Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit, a modular, open source toolkit based on modern JavaScript, CSS3 and HTML5 design and development principles uses NetBeans as its preferred IDE[17]

Integrated Modules

These modules are part of the NetBeans IDE:

NetBeans Profiler

The NetBeans Profiler[18] is a tool for the monitoring of Java applications: It helps developers find memory leaks and optimize speed. Formerly downloaded separately, it is integrated into the core IDE since version 6.0. The Profiler is based on a Sun Laboratories research project that was named JFluid. That research uncovered specific techniques that can be used to lower the overhead of profiling a Java application. One of those techniques is dynamic bytecode instrumentation, which is particularly useful for profiling large Java applications. Using dynamic bytecode instrumentation and additional algorithms, the NetBeans Profiler is able to obtain runtime information on applications that are too large or complex for other profilers. NetBeans also support Profiling Points that let you profile precise points of execution and measure execution time.

NetBeans GUI Builder

GUI design tool

Formerly known as project Matisse, the GUI design-tool enables developers to prototype and design Swing GUIs by dragging and positioning GUI components.[19]

The GUI builder has built-in support for JSR 295 (Beans Binding technology), but the support for JSR 296 (Swing Application Framework) was removed in 7.1.

NetBeans JavaScript editor

The NetBeans JavaScript editor provides extended support for JavaScript, Ajax, and CSS.[20][21]

JavaScript editor features comprise syntax highlighting, refactoring, code completion for native objects and functions, generation of JavaScript class skeletons, generation of Ajax callbacks from a template; and automatic browser compatibility checks.

CSS editor features comprise code completion for styles names, quick navigation through the navigator panel, displaying the CSS rule declaration in a List View and file structure in a Tree View, sorting the outline view by name, type or declaration order (List & Tree), creating rule declarations (Tree only), refactoring a part of a rule name (Tree only).

The NetBeans 7.4 and later uses the new Nashorn JavaScript engine developed by Oracle.

NetBeans IDE Download Bundles

Users can choose to download NetBeans IDE bundles tailored to specific development needs. Users can also download and install all other features at a later date directly through the NetBeans IDE.

NetBeans IDE Bundle for Web and Java EE

The NetBeans IDE Bundle for Web & Java EE[22] provides complete tools for all the latest Java EE 6 standards, including the new Java EE 6 Web Profile, Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs), servlets, Java Persistence API, web services, and annotations. NetBeans also supports the JSF 2.0 (Facelets), JavaServer Pages (JSP), Hibernate, Spring, and Struts frameworks, and the Java EE 5 and J2EE 1.4 platforms. It includes GlassFish and Apache Tomcat. Some of its features with javaEE includes

  • Improved support for CDI, REST services and Java Persistence
  • New support for Bean Validation
  • Support for JSF component libraries, including bundled PrimeFaces library
  • Improved editing for Expression Language in JSF, including code completion, refactoring and hints

NetBeans IDE Bundle for PHP

NetBeans supports PHP since version 6.5. The bundle for PHP includes:

  • syntax highlighting, code completion, occurrence highlighting, error highlighting, CVS version control
  • semantic analysis with highlighting of parameters and unused local variables
  • PHP code debugging with xdebug
  • PHP Unit testing with PHPUnit and Selenium
  • Code coverage
  • Symfony framework support (since version 6.8)
  • Zend Framework support (since version 6.9)
  • Yii Framework support (since version 7.3)
  • PHP 5.3 namespace and closure support (since version 6.8)
  • Code Folding for Control Structures (since version 7.2 dev)[23]

NetBeans IDE Complete Bundle

Oracle also releases a version of NetBeans that includes all of the features of the above bundles. This bundle includes:

Official Ruby support was removed with the release of 7.0.


NetBeans IDE is translated into the following languages:

Community translations of the IDE are also available in the following languages:

Community translations[24]
Language Platform Java SE
Afrikaans As of 6.9 No No
Albanian As of 5.5 No No
Azerbaijani No No No
Catalan As of 6.7.1 As of 6.7.1 As of 6.9.1[25]
Czech As of 6.0 No No
Dutch Yes Yes No
Filipino As of 6.9 No No
French Yes Yes No
Galician Yes Yes As of 6.8
German As of 5.5 As of 5.5[26] No
Greek As of 6.9 No No
Hindi As of 6.9 No No
Indonesian As of 5.5 No No
Italian Yes Yes No
Korean As of 5.0 As of 5.0[27] No
Lithuanian As of 6.9 No No
Romanian As of 6.8 No No
Russian As of 5.0 As of 6.9.1
Serbian As of 6.9 No No
Spanish As of 5.5 As of 5.5 No
Swedish Yes Yes No
Traditional Chinese Yes Yes No
Turkish Yes Yes No
Vietnamese As of 6.9 No No

See also


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  2. ^ "Is Apache NetBeans 10 Ready To Be Released?". Apache blogs. 2018-11-07. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  3. ^ NetBeans IDE Dual License Header and License Notice. (1989-04-01). Retrieved on 2013-07-18.
  4. ^ "HTML5 Web Development Support". Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  5. ^ "NetBeans MOVED". Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  6. ^ "original Xelfi homepage". Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  7. ^ "Happy Birthday NetBeans - interview with Jaroslav "Yarda" Tulach". Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  8. ^ "A Brief History of NetBeans". Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  9. ^ "Java founder James Gosling endorses Apache takeover of NetBeans Java IDE". InfoWorld. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  10. ^ a b "NetBeans Incubation Status". Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Roadmap". Oracle. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  12. ^ "NetBeans IDE 7.0.1 Now Available for Download". Oracle. Archived from the original on 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2011-09-11.
  13. ^ "NetBeans IDE 7.3 Details". Oracle. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
  14. ^ Wielenga, Geertjan. "Using Apache NetBeans (incubating) with JDK 9". Jaxenter. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
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  16. ^ "Why GPL v2 Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  17. ^ a b c d Motroc, Gabriela (5 October 2016). "Oracle developers will be involved in at least two Apache NetBeans releases". Jaxenter. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Profiler". Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  19. ^ "Swing GUI Builder (formerly Project Matisse)". Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  20. ^ "Javascript". Netbeans wiki. 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2008-04-19.
  21. ^ "Java Web Applications". Retrieved 2008-04-19.
  22. ^ "Web & Java EE". Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  23. ^ "Netbeans Bugzilla - Bug 186731". Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  24. ^ TFL10nCommunityStatus - NetBeans Wiki. Retrieved on 2013-07-18.
  25. ^ "Catalan localization group at OpenSolaris". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  26. ^ " Community News: Go Multilingual with NetBeans IDE 5.5.1!". Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  27. ^ "NetBeans Community News". Retrieved 2 August 2017.

Further reading

External links

Comparison of integrated development environments

The following tables list notable software packages that are nominal IDEs; standalone tools such as source code editors and GUI builders are not included. These IDEs are listed in alphabetical order of the supported language.


FindBugs is an open-source static code analyser created by Bill Pugh and David Hovemeyer which detects possible bugs in Java programs. Potential errors are classified in four ranks: (i) scariest, (ii) scary, (iii) troubling and (iv) of concern. This is a hint to the developer about their possible impact or severity. FindBugs operates on Java bytecode, rather than source code. The software is distributed as a stand-alone GUI application. There are also plug-ins available for Eclipse, NetBeans, IntelliJ IDEA, Gradle, Hudson, Maven, Bamboo and Jenkins.Additional rule sets can be plugged in FindBugs to increase the set of checks performed.A successor to FindBugs, called SpotBugs, has been created.

GPL linking exception

A GPL linking exception modifies the GNU General Public License (GPL) in a way that enables software projects which provide library code to be "linked to" the programs that use them, without applying the full terms of the GPL to the using program. Linking is the technical process of connecting code in a library to the using code, to produce a single executable file. It is performed either at compile time or run-time in order to produce functional machine-readable code. There is a public perception, so far unsupported by any legal precedent or citation, that without applying the linking exception, a program linked to GPL library code may only be distributed under a GPL-compatible license. The license of the GNU Classpath project explicitly includes a statement to that effect.

Many free software libraries which are distributed under the GPL use an equivalent exception, although the wording of the exception varies. Notable projects include ERIKA Enterprise, GNU Guile, the run-time libraries of GNAT, GNU Classpath and the famous GCC Runtime Library Exception.

Compiler runtime libraries also often use this license modification or an equivalent one, e.g. the libgcc library in the GNU Compiler Collection, as well as all libraries of the Free Pascal project.

In 2007, Sun Microsystems released most of the source code to the class libraries for the Java SE and Java EE projects under version 2 of the GPL license plus the Classpath linking exception, and used the same license as one possible license for their enterprise server GlassFish and for their NetBeans Java IDE.Version 3 of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) is likewise constructed as an exception to the GPL.


Gephi is an open-source network analysis and visualization software package written in Java on the NetBeans platform.

Integrated development environment

An integrated development environment (IDE) is a software application that provides comprehensive facilities to computer programmers for software development. An IDE normally consists of at least a source code editor, build automation tools, and a debugger. Some IDEs, such as NetBeans and Eclipse, contain the necessary compiler, interpreter, or both; others, such as SharpDevelop and Lazarus, do not.

The boundary between an IDE and other parts of the broader software development environment is not well-defined; sometimes a version control system or various tools to simplify the construction of a graphical user interface (GUI) are integrated. Many modern IDEs also have a class browser, an object browser, and a class hierarchy diagram for use in object-oriented software development.


JRuby is an implementation of the Ruby programming language atop the Java Virtual Machine, written largely in Java. It is free software released under a three-way EPL/GPL/LGPL license. JRuby is tightly integrated with Java to allow the embedding of the interpreter into any Java application with full two-way access between the Java and the Ruby code (similar to Jython for the Python language).

JRuby's lead developers are Charles Oliver Nutter and Thomas Enebo, with many current and past contributors including Ola Bini and Nick Sieger. In September 2006, Sun Microsystems hired Enebo and Nutter to work on JRuby full-time. In June 2007, ThoughtWorks hired Ola Bini to work on Ruby and JRuby.In July 2009, the JRuby developers left Sun to continue JRuby development at Engine Yard. In May 2012, Nutter and Enebo left Engine Yard to work on JRuby at Red Hat.


JavaFX is a software platform for creating and delivering desktop applications, as well as rich Internet applications (RIAs) that can run across a wide variety of devices. JavaFX is intended to replace Swing as the standard GUI library for Java SE, but both will be included for the foreseeable future. JavaFX has support for desktop computers and web browsers on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS. JavaFX is no longer bundled with the latest Java, nor will be supported by Oracle, while it still is supported for the current long-term version Java SE 8 through March 2022.

Before version 2.0 of JavaFX, developers used a statically typed, declarative language called JavaFX Script to build JavaFX applications. Because JavaFX Script was compiled to Java bytecode, programmers could also use Java code instead. JavaFX applications could run on any desktop that could run Java SE or on any mobile phone that could run Java ME.JavaFX 2.0 and later is implemented as a "native" Java library, and applications using JavaFX are written in "native" Java code. JavaFX Script has been scrapped by Oracle, but development is being continued in the Visage project. JavaFX 2.x does not support the Solaris operating system or mobile phones; however, Oracle plans to integrate JavaFX to Java SE Embedded 8, and Java FX for ARM processors is in developer preview phase.On desktops, JavaFX supports Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, macOS and Linux operating systems. Beginning with JavaFX 1.2, Oracle has released beta versions for OpenSolaris. On mobile, JavaFX Mobile 1.x is capable of running on multiple mobile operating systems, including Symbian OS, Windows Mobile, and proprietary real-time operating systems.

Open-source JavaFXPorts works for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android and embedded (Raspberry Pi); and the related commercial software created under the name "Gluon" supports the same mobile platforms with additional features plus desktop. This allows a single source code base to create applications for the desktop, iOS, and Android devices.

Java Caps

Java Composite Application Platform Suite (Java CAPS) is a standards-based enterprise service bus software suite from Oracle Corporation. The suite has several components that help to integrate existing applications and deliver new business services in a service-oriented architecture environment. It is a Java EE compliant platform and provides application-to-application integration, business-to-business integration, business process management along with integrated human workflow, an Enterprise Information Portal, extract transform and load (ETL), business activity monitoring and composite application development.


Javadoc (originally cased JavaDoc) is a documentation generator created by Sun Microsystems for the Java language (now owned by Oracle Corporation) for generating API documentation in HTML format from Java source code. The HTML format is used for adding the convenience of being able to hyperlink related documents together.The "doc comments" format used by Javadoc is the de facto industry standard for documenting Java classes. Some IDEs, like IntelliJ IDEA, NetBeans and Eclipse, automatically generate Javadoc HTML. Many file editors assist the user in producing Javadoc source and use the Javadoc info as internal references for the programmer.

Javadoc also provides an API for creating doclets and taglets, which allows users to analyze the structure of a Java application. This is how JDiff can generate reports of what changed between two versions of an API.

Javadoc does not affect performance in Java as all comments are removed at compilation time. Writing comments and Javadoc is for better understanding the code and thus better maintaining it.

List of PHP editors

This article contains a list of text editors with features specific to the PHP scripting language.

List of Unified Modeling Language tools

This article compares UML tools. UML tools are software applications which support some functions of the Unified Modeling Language.

List of commercial open-source applications and services

The purpose of this table is to provide reference information about the provenance and history of notable commercial open-source applications, adopting Business models for open-source software, alphabetized by the product/service name. It is not to be used or interpreted as an advertisement for the vendors.


MPLAB is a proprietary freeware integrated development environment for the development of embedded applications on PIC and dsPIC microcontrollers, and is developed by Microchip Technology.MPLAB X is the latest edition of MPLAB, and is developed on the NetBeans platform. MPLAB and MPLAB X support project management, code editing, debugging and programming of Microchip 8-bit PIC and AVR (including ATMEGA) microcontrollers, 16-bit PIC24 and dsPIC microcontrollers, as well as 32-bit SAM (ARM) and PIC32 (MIPS) microcontrollers.MPLAB is designed to work with MPLAB-certified devices such as the MPLAB ICD 3 and MPLAB REAL ICE, for programming and debugging PIC microcontrollers using a personal computer. PICKit programmers are also supported by MPLAB.

MPLAB X supports automatic code generation with the MPLAB Code Configurator and the MPLAB Harmony Configurator plugins.


MonoDevelop (also known as Xamarin Studio) is an open-source integrated development environment for Linux, macOS, and Windows. Its primary focus is development of projects that use Mono and .NET frameworks. MonoDevelop integrates features similar to those of NetBeans and Microsoft Visual Studio, such as automatic code completion, source control, a graphical user interface (GUI) and Web designer. MonoDevelop integrates a Gtk# GUI designer called Stetic. It supports










Vala, JavaScript, TypeScript

and Visual Basic.NET.MonoDevelop can be used on Windows, macOS and Linux. Officially supported Linux distributions include CentOS, Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu, with many other distributions providing their own unofficial builds of MonoDevelop in their repositories. macOS and Windows have been officially supported since version 2.2.MonoDevelop has included a C# compiler (an alternative to MSBuild and CSC) since its earliest versions. It currently includes a compiler that supports C# 1.0, C# 2.0, C# 3.0, C# 4.0, C# 5.0 and C# 6.0.A customized version of MonoDevelop formerly shipped with Windows and Mac versions of Unity, the game engine by Unity Technologies. It enabled advanced C# scripting, which was used to compile cross-platform video games by the Unity compiler. It has since been replaced by Visual Studio Community, except on Linux versions.


Compuware OptimalJ was a model-driven development environment for Java.

OptimalJ was first released in 2001 and was then based on Sun Microsystems' open source NetBeans IDE. Since 2006 OptimalJ is based on the open source Eclipse IDE. OptimalJ was developed out of Compuware's Amsterdam offices by many of the development team responsible for the Uniface development suite.

OptimalJ is available in two editions:

The Professional Edition is focused on simplifying Java EE development, by providing the capability to model a Java EE application, and then generate the application's code from the model via implementation patterns. First, a platform-independent model is made, which is then transformed via technology patterns to a platform-specific model.

The Architecture Edition provides capabilities for metamodeling and for writing implementation and technology patterns, which can be used to extend the Professional Edition. Metamodels and patterns are bundled into software factories.OptimalJ was generally regarded as a technically superior but relatively expensive development environment. Compuware found it difficult to gain market share amongst the Java development community with the Optimal suite of products.

Due to internal restructurings, Compuware decided in 2008 to discontinue OptimalJ.

Sun Java Studio Creator

Sun Java Studio Creator was a commercial integrated development environment based on NetBeans developed by Sun Microsystems. It was discontinued in 2007.

Sun Java System Portal Server

The Sun Java System Portal Server is a component of the Sun Java Platform, Enterprise Edition, a software system that supports a wide range of enterprise computing needs.

Portal Server allows administrators and delegated administrators to build portal pages and to make them available to individuals throughout an enterprise according to user identities.

Portal Server's core framework supports the Java Specification Request (JSR) 168 and 286 Java Portlet specification standard and the Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) 1.0 standard for portal content. Portlet developers can use the NetBeans IDE or open standard tools to build standards-based portlets. Developers can also use design tools such as Dreamweaver to design new themes and skins. Portal administrators can then leverage portlets, WSRP consumers, or additional portal tools for adding content to portal pages.

The latest version of Portal Server is 7.2. This version provides a framework and a set of software modules that offer the following:



Community Features

Enterprise Search

Identity-based content delivery


Business system integration

Secure Remote Access

Desktop Design Tool

Delegated Administration

Enterprise Edition Installer

GlassFish V2 / Application Server 9.1 Support

SharePoint Integrated Services

AES Support for Secure Remote Access

CMS Portlet and CMS Framework

JSR286 / Portlet Container 2.0 Support

WSRP 1.0

Google Gadgets Integration

Workflow API

JSF Portlet Bridge 1.2

NetBeans and Eclipse application development tools

Swing Application Framework

The Swing Application Framework (JSR 296) is a Java specification for a simple application framework for Swing applications, with a graphical user interface (GUI) in computer software. It defines infrastructure common to most desktop applications, making Swing applications easier to create. It has now been withdrawn.


VisualVM is a tool that provides a visual interface for viewing detailed information about Java applications while they are running on a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). VisualVM organizes JVM data that is retrieved by the Java Development Kit (JDK) tools and presents the information in a way that allows data on multiple Java applications to be quickly viewed—both local applications and applications that are running on remote hosts. Programmers can also capture data about the JVM software and save the data to the local system, and then view the data later or share it with others. VisualVM is built on the NetBeans Platform; its architecture is modular and easy to extend with plugins.

Since JDK version 6 update 7, the tool is bundled directly with the Java platform.

As of January 2019 VisualVM is actively developed.

Version Released
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3.6 April 2004
4.0 December 2004
4.1 May 2005
5.0 January 2006
5.5 October 30, 2006
5.5.1 May 24, 2007
6.0 December 3, 2007
6.1 April 28, 2008
6.5 November 20, 2008
6.5.1 March 16, 2009
6.7 June 29, 2009
6.7.1 July 27, 2009
6.8 December 10, 2009
6.9 June 15, 2010
6.9.1 August 4, 2010
7.0 April 19, 2011
7.0.1 August 1, 2011
7.1 January 5, 2012
7.1.1 February 29, 2012
7.1.2 April 24, 2012
7.2 July 17, 2012
7.3 February 21, 2013
7.3.1 June 12, 2013
7.4 October 15, 2013
8.0 March 18, 2014
8.0.1 September 9, 2014
8.0.2 November 28, 2014
8.1 November 4, 2015
8.2 October 3, 2016
9.0 July 29, 2018
10.0 December 27, 2018
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