How to show a pop up at a specific location of the code editor?


I'm working on a plugin for Android Studio. One feature I want to implement is when the user takes some action for the first time (e.g., apply a quickfix), the plugin can show a pop up at the specific location of the code (e.g., where the quickfix modifies the code) with some explanatory messages. I found this feature from the GitHub Copilot plugin that is exactly what I want to have in my plugin (see the screenshot below). Could anyone share some pointers about how to implement it? Thanks a lot!


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You want to use com.intellij.ui.GotItTooltip:

var tooltip = GotItTooltip(...)
// set up the contents and behavior..., (c, b) -> editor.offsetToXY(offset));

Also, see:

for the best practices.

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Hi Karol,

Thanks for your quick reply. This API is what I'm looking for. However, I found it only worked with IntelliJ IDEA and when I tried to install my plugin on Android Studio it caused the following error:


Is there a way to fix it? Since I want to build this plugin mainly for Android developers, I really hope there's a way that I can use these got-it tooltips in Android Studio. Thanks in advance for your help!


A quick follow-up:

I tried to install the plugin on the latest version of IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition (2022.2) and encountered the same error. And then I tried to install it on an older version (2021.1.3) and the tooltips worked fine this time! 2021.1.3 was also the same version I chose when building the plugin for debugging. Not sure if it has something to do with the IDE version because I suppose if it works in older version it should also work in newer version?

Besides, I first saw the tooltip from the copilot plugin installed on an IntelliJ IDEA 2021.3 (Ultimate Edition), while when I installed my plugin in this version, I got "NoSuchMethodError". This makes it feels like I can fix it by correctly adding some dependencies when building my plugin.

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There is no need to set up any dependencies as GotItTooltip is a part of the platform code and is available in all IntelliJ-based IDEs.

The show() method's signature was changed over time, and it cannot be found in some IDE versions as the function name and/or parameters have changed.

To solve the compatibility issues, you can maintain multiple branches with the code adjusted to the specific target platform versions or just support a narrower set of versions (the one with the latest show() method signature).

Also, consider using Plugin Verifier in your build setup to report compatibility issues during development. See:

You can check what IntelliJ IDEA versions are used by specific Android Studio versions on the page: