It’s worth noting that not all the plugins in this list are necessary for your daily development work. So before you hurry and install everything, be sure to read the description and install only the plugins you see having a real contribution to your productivity. After all, it is well known that overloading one’s IDE with unnecessary plugins will only slow it down.
Looking for IntelliJ plugins in general? Check out this blog post on the best IntelliJ plugins.
General Coding Tools & IDE Tweaks
This neat and colorful plugin adds Rainbow Brackets / Rainbow Parentheses to your IntelliJ based IDE, that are always helpful with nested elements.
2. Codota (now supporting node.js)
Our own AI assistant for Java development now supports node.js as well. So if you want a plugin that draws from millions of open source Java and node.js programs and your context to help you code faster, more efficiently and with fewer errors? We’re here with a plugin and service to give you just that.
Ever saved your work at the end of the day without having a clue how your day was actually spent coding? Well, this little plugin will surely help you get a grasp on where your time goes. It measures the time spent working on different projects, in different editors, and languages.
4. JS Toolbox
Size matters and when it comes to CSS and JS assets, smaller is better. This plugin puts compression of those assets a menu item click away.
6. JSON Parser
JSON Parser is a lightweight plugin for validating and formatting JSON strings in your IDE without having to constantly switch over to the browser.
This extension for the Chrome browser lets you see changes you make in HTML or CSS files in the browser right away, without reloading the page. To enable it, you will also need to install its counterpart – LiveEdit by JetBrains.
Frameworks & Beyond
Another helpful Node.js plugin by JetBrains that lets you run and debug Node.js applications in remote environments.
A framework made popular through both its adoptability and adaptability, Vue is one of the frameworks most commonly used for building web UIs and is easy to learn for anyone familiar with CSS and HTML.
To add Vue.js support to your Intellij IDE or Webstorm, you’ll need to install this plugin by JetBrains. It will add the features normally included in a framework or language plugin such as code completion and component navigation.
To add Vue.js support to your IDE, you’ll need to install this plugin by JetBrains. It will add the features normally included in a framework or language plugin such as code completion and component navigation.
11. Quasar Framework
Based on Vue.js, Quasar is an open source framework enabling web developers to quickly create responsive websites and apps with full Material Design 2.0 Support. Even though this framework in not included in the JetBrains plugins marketplace, it’s worth checking out, and there’s even a guide to adding Quasar to your WebStorm IDE.
According to its developers, this plugin brings you “visual primitives for the component age” and can be useful if you’re looking to make visually pleasing interfaces at record speeds directly from your IDE.
14. React Snippets
Exactly what it says on the box – a handy collection of React snippets for your Intellij IDEA or WebStorm IDE.
Angular & AngularJS
Angular is a cross platform development framework developed by Google. It started out as AngularJS, but has since grown and expanded its capabilities.
To integrate the framework in your Intellij IDEA or Webstorm IDE, you’ll need to download and install this plugin. It adds code completion, component navigation, a snippet library and more directly into your IDE.
Want neater, cleaner source trees? Then this is the plugin for you. It quickly groups files that have the same name and different extensions into a virtual folder by the same name.
Previously known as Jade, this plugin by JetBrains adds support for the Pug template language to your Intellij IDE of choice. Also, their logo is cute.
Another framework with an adorable mascot is Ember.js, an open source web development framework loved by brands like Netflix and Heroku. This plugin adds support for it in Intellij IDEs.
19. JS GraphQL
Adds support for PostCSS to your IDE of choice so it will recognize .pcss files and enable code completion and syntax highlighting.
Apps and websites store information in databases and access it all the time. So even if you swear you’re never touching backend, knowing your way around a database schema is necessary for any web developer. These tools will help you get it all done from your IDE.
This extensive and advanced database development, scripting, and navigation tool lets you develop and maintain various types of databases including Oracle, MySQL and others.
22. Mongo Plugin
Testing & Linting
If you build it, they will come. The bugs and build errors, that is. You know well that your job isn’t over when the code is typed in, and now comes the hardest part of development: testing and debugging. Luckily, these plugins can save you time by integrating popular testing frameworks and debugging tools into your IDE and adding helpful tools and shortcuts to them.
Oh no! How could we list so many plugins and forget <your favorite plugin / tool here>? Well, that’s only because we wanted to leave room for you to grab all the glory for introducing it in the comment section, of course.