How do I install Swing UI Designer after initial setup?


When I originally set up up IntelliJ IDEA, i did not select the Swing UI Designer.  I would like to try it out now, but I cannot figure out how to install it.  I cannot find it in the available or installed plugins in Preferences.  I'm probably just not recognizing the name.  (I assume is not installed because I do not have the File | New... "GUI Form" option on the popup menu, per

Can someone suggest how I can install it?

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Hi Pete,

The GUI Designer tool in IntelliJ IDEA is innate, the plugin for it is bundled with the IDE. 

You can find the tool's settings under File | Settings | Editor | GUI Designer.

In IDEA 2020.1, you need to navigate to the File | New | Swing UI Designer menu option first in order to see the options for adding a new GUI form or Dialog class.

The corresponding documentation page will be updated accordingly.


Arina, thanks very much for your very quick reply.

I don't see that option when I go to File | New.  That's why i thought perhaps it was because I maybe disabled the plugin during initial setup.  Here is my world


Arina, again, thanks for your detailed response.  I missed your first graphic with the plugin location.  I have enabled it, and now I see the menu item.



If you don't see the plugin among the installed, try disabling all custom non-bundled plugins and restarting the IDE using the File | Invalidate Caches / Restart option. If you still don't see it, please collect the idea.log file (Help | Show Log in Explorer) and send it over for analysis.


My apologies Pete, I made a couple edits to the response after it was already posted.

And you can happily disregard my last comment since the issue is resolved :)


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