Integrated Development Environments (IDEs)
When it comes to setting up an integrated development environment (IDE), programming applications on Ethereum is similar to programming any other software project. There are many options to choose from, so at the end of the day, pick the IDE or code editor that best suits your preferences. Most likely the best IDE choice for your Ethereum development is the IDE you already use for traditional software development.
If you're looking to fiddle with code before you set up a local development environment, these web apps are custom-built for Ethereum smart contract development.
Remix - Web-based IDE with built in static analysis, and a test blockchain virtual machine
ChainIDE - A cloud-based multi-chain IDE
Replit (Solidity Starter) - A customizable development environment for Ethereum with hot reloading, error checking, and first-class testnet support
EthFiddle - Web-based IDE that lets you write, compile, and debug your smart contract
Most established IDEs have built plugins to enhance the Ethereum development experience. At a minimum, they provide syntax highlighting for smart contract languages.
Visual Studio Code - Professional cross-platform IDE with official Ethereum support
Atom - A hackable text editor for the 21st Century
JetBrains IDEs (IntelliJ IDEA, etc.) - Essential tools for software developers and teams
Remix Desktop - Experience Remix IDE on your local machine
- solidity - Ethereum Solidity Language for Visual Studio Code
- Prettier Solidity - Code formatter using prettier
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