IntelliJ IDEA vs SourceTree

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IntelliJ IDEA vs SourceTree: What are the differences?

IntelliJ IDEA: Capable and Ergonomic IDE for JVM. Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages; SourceTree: A free Git GUI client for Windows and macOS. Use the full capability of Git and Mercurial in the SourceTree desktop app. Manage all your repositories, hosted or local, through SourceTree's simple interface.

IntelliJ IDEA can be classified as a tool in the "Integrated Development Environment" category, while SourceTree is grouped under "Source Code Management Desktop Apps".

Some of the features offered by IntelliJ IDEA are:

  • Smart Code Completion
  • On-the-fly Code Analysis
  • Advanced Refactorings

On the other hand, SourceTree provides the following key features:

  • Full-powered DVCS
  • Create, clone, commit, push, pull, merge, and more are all just a click away.
  • Review your outgoing and incoming changesets, cherry-pick between branches, patch handling, rebase, stash, shelve, and much more.

"Fantastically intelligent", "Best-in-class ide" and "Many languages support" are the key factors why developers consider IntelliJ IDEA; whereas "Visual history and branch view", "Beautiful UI" and "Easy repository browsing" are the primary reasons why SourceTree is favored.

According to the StackShare community, IntelliJ IDEA has a broader approval, being mentioned in 815 company stacks & 1065 developers stacks; compared to SourceTree, which is listed in 618 company stacks and 414 developer stacks.

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christy craemer
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PyCharm
IntelliJ IDEA
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Eclipse

UPDATE: Thanks for the great response. I am going to start with VSCode based on the open source and free version that will allow me to grow into other languages, but not cost me a license ..yet.

I have been working with software development for 12 years, but I am just beginning my journey to learn to code. I am starting with Python following the suggestion of some of my coworkers. They are split between Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA for IDEs that they use and PyCharm is new to me. Which IDE would you suggest for a beginner that will allow expansion to Java, JavaScript, and eventually AngularJS and possibly mobile applications?

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Pycharm is great for python development, but can feel sometimes slow and community version has Somme very annoying restrictions (like they disabled jupyter notebooks plugin and made it premium feature). I personally started looking into VS Code as an alternative, and it has some very good potential. I suggest you take it into account.

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PyCharm

The Community version of PyCharm is free and should give you what you need to get started with Python. Both PyCharm and IntelliJ are made by JetBrains. IntelliJ is initially focused on Java but you can get plugins for lots of other things. I subscribe to JetBrains' Toolbox: https://www.jetbrains.com/toolbox-app/ and have access to all of their great tools.

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Hi, I will give my opinion based on my experience. I have used PyCharm, both community and Professional version. The community has limited functions, like you can't use a Jupyter notebook whereas it's available in the Professional version. PyCharm is slower compared to Visual Studio Code. Also Visual Studio Code is an editor which supports various languages. I myself have used both Visual Studio Code and PyCharm. I feel Visual Studio Code would be better choice. You may as well decide based upon your requirements.

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Charles Nelson
Recommends
IntelliJ IDEA

I couldn't imagine using a development tool other than the IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate All Products Pack. A single license allows me to work directly on my server running Ubuntu and/or my workstation running Windows 10 Pro simultaneously. My current project uses HTML, W3CSS, JavaScript, Java, Groovy, Grails, C, GO, Python, Flask, and Rust. For me it's worth every penny of the $150 license fee. And you can try it for free.

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awesomebanana2018

Visual Studio code is easy to use, has a good UI, and a large community. Python works great with it, but unlike some other editors, it works with most languages either by default or by downloading a plugin. VS Code has built in linting, syntax coloring, autocompletes (IntelliSense), and an api for plugins to do there own tooling.

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Ivan Martinez Morales
Software Engineer Intern · | 4 upvotes · 197.2K views

I'd personally recommend Visual Studio Code as it gives you the flexibility of working in any language, so long as there are extensions to support it. It gives you the flexibility to learn Python, venture into Java, Javascript, and eventually AngularJS, and potentially mobile applications. It's also free and you can install it on your personal computer. I think Visual Studio Code would serve your intended use case best.

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Pranshu Verma
Engineer at Cisco Systems · | 3 upvotes · 197.3K views
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PyCharm

If you starting with Python then PyCharm is better. For Java I would suggest to go with IntelliJ IDEA but people also prefer eclipse so I would say try both and then decide. For JS/Angular/React I would suggest go with VSCode. I personally use it and prefer as its light weight and have good integration with chrome for frontend development.

PyCharm, IntelliJ IDEA are both products of JetBrains. They have a free (limited feature) and paid edition. Eclipse is free. VSCode is also free.

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Isaac Povey
Casual Software Engineer at Skedulo · | 3 upvotes · 197.3K views
Recommends
IntelliJ IDEA

IntelliJ really is the best for Java, I switched from eclipse years ago and never looked back. As for javascript, python and angular either using the standalone products from jetbrains (pycharm for python, webstorm for js) or installing the relevant plugins for InteliJ will be your best bet. Pycharm etc. are really just InteliJ with some additional plugins installed.

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PyCharm

Pycharm is all you need to get start coding in python or any of its framework. Its an awesome tool you should give it a try :)

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Brian Turner
System Architect at Mary's Watch, Inc. · | 1 upvotes · 197.2K views
Recommends
IntelliJ IDEA

Easy to learn and everything you need

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PyCharm

All three are great, however, I believe that IntelliJ IDEA's multiple IDE's are slightly more straight-forward and more up-to date than Eclipse. If I had to choose one specifically for Python projects I would go with PyCharm.

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Pritam Nandy
Engineering Manager at Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited · | 1 upvotes · 144.7K views
Recommends
PyCharm

This is a very easy to use tool and gives you the opportunity to start coding right after the installation with almost everything setup automatically by the tool.

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Decisions about IntelliJ IDEA and SourceTree
Samriddhi Sinha
Machine Learning Engineer at Chefling · | 6 upvotes · 330.6K views

Lightweight and versatile. Huge library of extensions that enable you to integrate a host of services to your development environment. VS Code's biggest strength is its library of extensions which enables it to directly compete with every single major IDE for almost all major programming languages.

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Manabu Tokunaga
CEO, Co-Founder at WinguMD · | 10 upvotes · 168.2K views

I originally chose IntelliJ over Eclipse, as it was close enough to the look and feel of Visual Studio and we do go back and forth between the two. We really begin to love IntelliJ and their suite of IDEs so we are now using AppCode for the IOS development because the workflow is identical with the IntelliJ. IntelliJ is super complex and intimidating at first but it does afford a lot of nice utilities to get us produce clean code.

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I explored many Git Desktop tools for the Mac and my final decision was to use Fork. What I love about for that it contains three features, I like about a Git Client tool.

It allows * to handle day to day git operations (least important for me as I am cli junkie) * it helps to investigate the history * most important of all, it has a repo manager which many other tools are missing.

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Pros of IntelliJ IDEA
Pros of SourceTree
  • 295
    Fantastically intelligent
  • 242
    Best-in-class ide
  • 190
    Many languages support
  • 154
    Java
  • 120
    Fast
  • 79
    Code analysis
  • 77
    Reliable
  • 75
    Out of the box integration with maven, git, svn
  • 63
    Plugin architecture
  • 60
    Integrated version control
  • 11
    Code refactoring support
  • 9
    Best java IDE
  • 6
    Local history
  • 5
    Integrated Database Navigator
  • 5
    Built-in terminal/run tools
  • 5
    Code Completion
  • 4
    Free for open-source development, students and teacher
  • 4
    All
  • 4
    Free If you're a Student
  • 3
    Cross platform
  • 3
    IDE
  • 3
    Kotlin
  • 3
    ERD Diagrams
  • 3
    Base for Android Studio
  • 3
    Database/Code integration
  • 2
    Server and client-side debugger
  • 2
    Free
  • 2
    More than enough languages for any developer
  • 2
    Typescript support
  • 2
    Multicursor support
  • 2
    Intuitive
  • 2
    Reformating Code
  • 2
    Command-line tools
  • 2
    Out Of The Box features
  • 2
    Android Integration
  • 2
    Vim support
  • 2
    Special icons for most filetypes in project list
  • 2
    Supports many frameworks
  • 2
    Built-in web server
  • 2
    Live Templates
  • 2
    Scala support
  • 1
    Works fine with mac os catalina
  • 1
    A lot of plugin
  • 1
    Just works
  • 1
    Integrated Ssh/Ftp Managers
  • 1
    Full support
  • 1
    Task managers
  • 1
    Diff tools
  • 1
    File Watchers
  • 1
    Support for various package managers
  • 1
    Integrated Code Linting
  • 1
    Its fake intellisense is better than real IntelliSense
  • 1
    Clean UI
  • 1
    Open source
  • 1
    Column Selection Mode
  • 1
    So modernised
  • 1
    Efficient, one Stop solution
  • 203
    Visual history and branch view
  • 161
    Beautiful UI
  • 134
    Easy repository browsing
  • 85
    Gitflow support
  • 73
    Interactive stage or discard by hunks or lines
  • 20
    Great branch visualization
  • 18
    Ui/ux and user-friendliness
  • 8
    Best Git Client UI/Features
  • 7
    Search commit messages
  • 5
    Available for Windows and macOS
  • 1
    Search file content
  • 1
    Log only one file

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Cons of IntelliJ IDEA
Cons of SourceTree
  • 18
    Large footprint required to really enjoy (mem/disc)
  • 13
    Very slow
  • 7
    Bad for beginners
  • 6
    UI is not intuitive
  • 5
    Not nearly as many tools to integrate as vs code
  • 4
    Constant reindexing
  • 3
    Needs a lot of CPU and RAM power
  • 2
    Doesn't work that well with windows 10 edu
  • 2
    Built in terminal is slow
  • 1
    Ruby is a plug in
  • 0
    AAD
  • 10
    Crashes often
  • 8
    So many bugs
  • 6
    Fetching is slow sometimes
  • 4
    Very unstable
  • 4
    Can't select text in diff (windows)
  • 3
    No dark theme (Windows)
  • 3
    Extremely slow
  • 2
    Freezes quite frequently
  • 2
    Can't scale window from top corners
  • 2
    Doesn't differentiate submodules from parent repos
  • 2
    Requires bitbucket account
  • 2
    UI blinking
  • 2
    Diff makes tab indentation look like spaces
  • 2
    Windows and Mac versions are very different
  • 2
    Windows version worse than mac version
  • 2
    Diff appears as if space indented even if its tabs
  • 2
    Doesn't have an option for git init
  • 2
    Useless for merge conflict resolution
  • 1
    No reflog support
  • 1
    Installs to AppData folder (windows)
  • 1
    Bases binary check on filesize
  • 1
    Can't add remotes by right clicking remotes (windows)
  • 1
    Generally hard to like

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What is IntelliJ IDEA?

Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages.

What is SourceTree?

Use the full capability of Git and Mercurial in the SourceTree desktop app. Manage all your repositories, hosted or local, through SourceTree's simple interface.

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What are some alternatives to IntelliJ IDEA and SourceTree?
Eclipse
Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.
PhpStorm
PhpStorm is a PHP IDE which keeps up with latest PHP & web languages trends, integrates a variety of modern tools, and brings even more extensibility with support for major PHP frameworks.
Android Studio
Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.
PyCharm
PyCharm’s smart code editor provides first-class support for Python, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, CSS, popular template languages and more. Take advantage of language-aware code completion, error detection, and on-the-fly code fixes!
WebStorm
WebStorm is a lightweight and intelligent IDE for front-end development and server-side JavaScript.
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How developers use IntelliJ IDEA and SourceTree
Promethean TV uses
IntelliJ IDEA

PrometheanTV builds applications and services utilizing a variety of languages and technologies. The IntelliJ IDE is used by various technical staff to build software on a variety of languages supported by the IDE including Java, HTML/CSS/JS, etc.

Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses
IntelliJ IDEA

IntelliJ IDEA is our polyglot IDE of choice. We use it esentially for all programming and coding aswell as some basic database management and planning. IntelliJ IDEA has proven to be a reliable companion in developing our various software.

Kang Hyeon Ku uses
IntelliJ IDEA

eclipse 를 쓰면서 이만하면 충분한거 아닌가 왜 돈내고 IDE를 사서 쓰지 했는데, 진짜 돈 값을 한다. 정말 자동화 완성 기능은 엄청난것 같다. 단축키로 이소스 저소스 넘어 다니고 이창 저창 뜨우는게 편하다. 그리고 프레임워크 서포트 기능이 장말 강력하다. 그리고 가장 맘에 드는 점은 터미널이 기본 창에 있는 점이 좋다. CMD 가 싫으면 설정을 통해 다른 터미널 프로그램으로 바꿀수 있다.

datapile uses
IntelliJ IDEA

If Scala and Spring are the gods gifts in terms of programming languages and opinionated-frameworks, then JetBrain's IntelliJ IDEA is the IDE equivalent.

Words don't do it justice.

MOKA Analytics uses
IntelliJ IDEA

We use IntelliJ IDEA because it has great support for both Python and JS. In particular, its type-based code analyses, refactoring tools, and debugger are world class

Promethean TV uses
SourceTree

Used by various PrometheanTV technical staff to interface and interact with the Git Source Control service.

Kane Blueriver uses
SourceTree

Since being familiar to git CLI, I nearly never open it again except using it as a diff tool.

Ralic Lo uses
SourceTree

Used Source Tree to maintain version / commit / pull request , merge of codes for a team.

vgorloff uses
SourceTree

Using Git when command line is not suitable.

Danai Sookcharoen uses
SourceTree

Manage Project with GIT source code control