An open-source, free software by Apache Software Foundation, Netbeans allows you to build desktop, web, and mobile applications easily with the help of HTML, C++, Java, and so on. This software offers you editors and templates that can help you build your own applications using different programming languages.

So, you can easily and quickly build apps whenever you want with the help of this software. Have you ever dreamt of building your own mobile or web app? Well, it is possible to accomplish your dream with the help of Netbeans.

In this article, we have discussed a few features of Netbeans and how you can download and install it on your PC to start building your own applications.

Features of Netbeans

Here are a few top features of Netbeans software.

Supports Latest Java Technologies

The official IDE for Java 8, Netbeans IDE has editors, code analyzers, and converters that allow you to modify your applications so that it uses the updated Java 8 language. With the help of batch analyzers and converters, you can search through the applications and convert the patterns to the new Java 8 language.

And the Java editor in this IDE keeps improving by adding new features, tools, templates, etc. so building Java applications become quite easier and a lot of fun.

Smart Coding Editor

Another great thing about Netbeans is that it not simply a text editor. It indents lines, highlights source code, matches words or brackets, and so on. Not only that, but it also makes refactoring code quite easy too as it offers a range of tools and even code generators, code templates, etc.

Also, the editor is compatible with many programming languages like Java, C++, PHP, Javascript, XML, HTML, Groovy, JSP, and Javadoc. And you can find support for a lot of other languages as well.

Amazing GUI Developer

With the help of the editor and the drag-and-drop tools, you will find it easy to design GUIs for Java, Java EE, HTML5, PHP, etc. applications. Netbeans IDE’s GUI builder is so easy and intuitive to use that you build prototype GUIs for applications in just a few minutes.

Installation Requirements for Netbeans

If you wish to install Netbeans on your PC, make sure that you have Java SE Development Kit (JDK) 8 already installed on your PC. You can download the updated version of JDK 8 from

Apart from JDK 8, your PC also needs to meet a few system requirements for successful installation and launch of Netbeans on PC. Here is a list of minimum or recommended system requirements that you need to consider.

Minimum System Requirements

Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows 2000 Profession SP3, Mac OS X 10.4 or newer, Unix platforms like HP-UX

Processor: 500 MHz Intel Pentium III workstation or equivalent (for Windows and Linux), PowerPC G4 (for Mac OS)

Memory: 512 MB RAM

Disk Space: 125 MB free space

Recommended System Requirements

Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows 2000 Profession SP3, Mac OS X 10.4 or newer, Unix platforms like HP-UX

Processor: 780 MHz Intel Pentium III workstation or equivalent (for Windows and Linux), PowerPC G5 (for Mac OS)

Memory: 1 GB RAM

Disk Space: 125 MB free space

How to Download and Install Netbeans on your PC

After making sure that you have all the necessary software installed and the hardware updated, you can proceed with the task of installing Netbeans on your PC.

Follow the below steps to get started.

  1. Head to the official website of Netbeans at to download the software on your PC.
  2. On the home page, click on the orange ‘Download’ button and you will be taken to the Downloads page.
  3. Here, choose the latest Apache Netbeans download version and click on the green ‘Download’ button.
  4. You will be redirected to another page for the Download version and you can choose the download link depending on your operating system. Click on the Installer link for your system and you will be taken to the download page for that system installer.
  5. Now, click on the mirror site link to commence the download. Once your download begins, wait for it to get completed.

Installing Netbeans on Windows PC

Once you have downloaded Netbeans software on your PC, follow the below steps to install it on Windows OS.

  1. Go to the Downloads folder where the Netbeans setup file has been saved.
  2. Then, double-click on the Netbeans .exe file to start the installation process.
  3. Now, follow the Installation guide and choose the components, directory location, and so on.
  4. Click on the ‘Install’ button to start the process and wait for the software to get installed.

Netbeans is now successfully installed on your Windows PC and is ready to use.

Installing Netbeans on Mac OS

After Netbeans has been downloaded on your PC, follow these steps to install it on Mac OS.

  1. Open the Finder window and look for the downloaded Netbeans file.
  2. When you find it, move the Netbeans .dmg file to the Applications folder and double-click it to open the contents.
  3. Next, double-click on the .pkg file which is the installation file.
  4. Follow the installations instructions to and wait for the software to get installed. Then, delete the .dmg file and launch Netbeans software.

Installing Netbeans of Linux

Once the download is completed, follow these steps to install Netbeans on Ubuntu Linux platform.

  1. On downloading Netbeans for Linux, you will receive the sh file.
  2. Open the terminal and make your sh executable and then run the file. Use the following command to achieve this task:

$ cd ~/Downloads
$ chmod a+x  
// Set to executable for all (a+x)
$ ./  
// Run

  • Now, follow the instructions shown on your screen to install Netbeans.
  • Use the following script in the Terminal to run Netbeans after it has been installed on your system:

$ cd netbeans-bin-directory
$ ./netbeans

Netbeans is now installed on your system and ready to use.

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