This page covers how to integrate Bazel with IDEs, such as IntelliJ, Android Studio, and CLion (or build your own IDE plugin). It also includes links to installation and plugin details.
IDEs integrate with Bazel in a variety of ways, from features that allow Bazel
executions from within the IDE, to awareness of Bazel structures such as syntax
highlighting of the
If you are interested in developing an editor or IDE plugin for Bazel, please
#ide channel on the Bazel Slack or email
the bazel-dev mailing list.
IDEs and editors
IntelliJ, Android Studio, and CLion
Official plugin for IntelliJ, Android Studio, and CLion. The plugin is open source.
This is the open source version of the plugin used internally at Google.
- Interop with language-specific plugins. Supported languages include Java, Scala, and Python.
BUILDfiles into the IDE with semantic awareness of Bazel targets.
- Make your IDE aware of Starlark, the language used for Bazel's
- Build, test, and execute binaries directly from the IDE
- Create configurations for debugging and running binaries.
To install, go to the IDE's plugin browser and search for
To manually install older versions, download the zip files from JetBrains' Plugin Repository and install the zip file from the IDE's plugin browser:
XCHammer generate Xcode projects from
Visual Studio Code
Official plugin for VS Code.
- Bazel Build Targets tree
- Starlark debugger for
.bzlfiles during a build (set breakpoints, step through code, inspect variables, and so on)
Find the plugin on the Visual Studio marketplace. The plugin is open source.
See also: Autocomplete for Source Code
on the Atom package manager.
bazelbuild/vim-bazel on GitHub
Lavender is an experimental project for generating Visual Studio projects that use Bazel for building.
Bazel Eclipse Feature is a set of plugins for importing Bazel packages into an Eclipse workspace as Eclipse projects.
Autocomplete for Source Code
C Language Family (C++, C, Objective-C, and Objective-C++)
hedronvision/bazel-compile-commands-extractor enables autocomplete in a wide variety of extensible editors, including VSCode, Vim, Emacs, and Sublime. It lets language servers, like clangd and ccls, and other types of tooling, draw upon Bazel's understanding of how
objc code will be compiled, including how it configures cross-compilation for other platforms.
georgewfraser/java-language-server - Java Language Server (LSP) with support for Bazel-built projects
Automatically run build and test on file change
Bazel watcher is a tool for building Bazel targets when source files change.
Building your own IDE plugin
Read the IDE support blog post to learn more about the Bazel APIs to use when building an IDE plugin.