NetBeans Platform Learning Trail

Last reviewed on 2020-03-22

What is the NetBeans Platform?

The NetBeans Platform is a broad Java framework on which you can base large desktop applications.

The NetBeans Platform contains APIs that simplify the handling of windows, actions, files, and many other things typical in applications.

Each distinct feature in a NetBeans Platform application can be provided by a distinct NetBeans module, which is comparable to a plugin. A NetBeans module is a group of Java classes that provides an application with a specific feature.

You can also create new modules for NetBeans IDE itself. For example, you can write modules that make your favorite cutting-edge technologies available to users of NetBeans IDE. Alternatively, you might create a module to provide an additional editor feature.

Getting Started


Using the NetBeans APIs

Are you new to the NetBeans Platform? If so, after following the documents in the "Getting Started" section above, please continue your learning path by reading the documents below. In particular, the book, published in 2014, "NetBeans Platform for Beginners", is very highly recommended!

NetBeans APIs for Developing Code Editors

NetBeans APIs for Visualizing Data

Miscellaneous NetBeans Platform Tutorials

Command Line

YouTube: Five Simple Ways to Extend NetBeans IDE

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Using Maven with the NetBeans Platform


Using OSGi with the NetBeans Platform


Community-Contributed Docs

Reference Material

Other Resources