Let’s dive into the two editions for the Intellij IDE: Community and Ultimate and see the key differences between them and why you should choose one over the other.
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IntelliJ Community edition
The Community edition IDE provides only three frameworks, Android, JavaFX, and Swing. It offers limited deployment tools, build tools, among others, as compared to the Ultimate edition.
IntelliJ Ultimate edition
IntelliJ Ultimate edition is the licensed edition of IntelliJ Idea. Unlike the Community edition, it supports multiple programming languages like Java, HTML, Python, CSS and Go. Apart from the community edition’s three frameworks, it also supports several other frameworks such as Spring, React, Selenium. The Ultimate edition of IntelliJ IDE provides various deployment tools, build tools, integrated developer tools to the developer to use.
There is no doubt that Ultimate Edition provides you with many features compared to Community Edition; however, it is a licensed IDE, and thus, you need to pay money to get the license.
The cost is US$500 per annum for organisations and US$150 per annum for individuals.
IntelliJ Community vs Ultimate
|Usage||JVM development||Enterprise and Web development|
|Programming Languages||Supports fewer programming languages||Supports various programming languages|
|Frameworks||Supports only three framework||Supports multiple frameworks|
|Pricing||Free of cost||$500 per year|
Depending on the project, you can choose the Community Edition of the IDE if you do not want to spend more money and only need some functionalities. On the other hand, if you can spend some money and you require multiple frameworks, build tools, developer tools, you can go on with the Ultimate edition of IntelliJ.
Intellij IDE is a Jetbrains product. If you are a student or a teacher, then you can get access to a free educational license to use all of the Jetbrains IDE for free, including the ultimate edition of IntelliJ Idea. Check the link given below to know more about the free educational license.