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Download & Installation 

Groovy support comes bundled with IntelliJ IDEA since version 8.

For IntelliJ IDEA version 7 you need to install the plugin via the IDEA plugin manager (you can find it listed as "JetGroovy"). After installing the plugin via the plugin manager, you will have to restart idea and then configure the plugin via the settings panel so that the plugin knows where to find your Groovy and (optionally) Grails installation directories.


The Groovy support in IntelliJ IDEA provides a rich set of features for development with Groovy, Grails, Gradle, Griffon or GAnt. Here, we're listing the main features, but you can find out more on JetGroovy Groovy features page and the JetGroovy Grails features page.


Execution, Debugging & Compilation

Code Completion

Surround with (Alt+Ctrl+T)

Introduce variable (Alt+Ctrl+V)

Structure view


File structure (Ctrl+F12)

Find usage (Alt+F7)

Class search (Ctrl+N)


Wish list

A user wish list is available: