Best IDEs for JavaScript

Review of the best JavaScript IDEs (integrated development environments) 
05 June 2017   7440

JavaScript is a programming language that is suitable for both creating simple scripts and writing full-fledged applications. Both of these tasks can simplify by the integrated development environment: in the first case, a simple text editor will fit, for more serious projects you need a full-fledged IDE.


Lightweight interpreted or JIT-compiled programming language with first-class functions

However, it's not so easy to choose a single IDE, which will be the one of the best JavaScript IDEs. When looking for a suitable program, in addition to functions like syntax highlighting, fast navigation, autocompletion and debugging mode, you need to consider other factors:

  • Price;
  • Supported OS;
  • Support of other programming languages.

We'll figure out what JavaScript IDEs exist and in which cases they will be most useful.


Platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac Os.

Trial version: 30 days trial is available.

Price: Payment is possible only on a rental basis. The IDE will cost $ 5.9 per month or $ 59 per year for individual use, for corporate - $ 12.9 and $ 129. Startups can get a 50% discount, Open Source projects - a free unlimited version.

webstorm interface WebStorm interface


  • Support of all popular JavaScript platforms, such as Node.js, Electron, Meteor and Angular;
  • Built-in version control system;
  • Written code can be displayed in the browser;
  • Interface customization with feature of icons, fonts and tools replacement;
  • Other languages support can be implement fast due to the ability to purchase appropriate IDE from the same developer.

Video about new features of WebStorm 2016.1

Download link.

Komodo IDE

Platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OS.

Trial version: 21 days trial is available.

Price: one copy is 295$ or 394$ for full supported version. License for a 5 men team costs 1695$. 50% discount is available for students or freelancers.

komodo interfaceKomodo IDE interface


  • One solution for  all popular languages: JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, Python, Perl and about a hundred of others;
  • Emulators of Cordova and PhoneGap;
  • All functions of Node.js and it’s web-frameworks are supported;
  • Built-in code debugger for Chrome;
  • Integration tools and version control;

There is also a free text editor with a limited set of functions and JS support - Komodo Edit.

Video about new version of Komodo IDE - X

Download link.


Platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OS.

Price: freeware.

netbeans interfaceNetbeans interface


  • All JavaScript libraries are supported;
  • HTML, CSS, PHP, Java, C, C ++ are  included in the IDE already, no  need to install  additional plug-ins;
  • Debugging and profiling tools allow to track real-time factors that affect application performance;
  • High customization level. The IDE can be expanded either by adding support of new programming languages, or by creating a custom application on its basis, which will include only the necessary functions;
  • Projects created in Netbeans can be deployed  outside the IDE.

Short video with NetBeans tips

Download link.

Apana Studio

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS.

Price: freware.

aptana studio interfaceAptana Studio interface


  • IDE is focused on the web applications development and best integrated with HTML, CSS, JavaScript. Additionally, PHP and Ruby are supported;
  • Wide capability of JavaScript code debugging and its functionality checking;
  • Command line;
  • FTP, SFTP, FTPS and Capistrano protocols are supported;
  • Interface Customization;
  • Ability to create quick commands scripts.

Download link.

Zend Studio

Platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OS.

Trial version: available for unlimited time but with limited functionality.

Price: The license is purchased for once but without updates and technical support. For personal use, the product costs $ 89, for commercial - $ 189. A three years support subscription costs $ 328.

zend studio interfaceZend Studio interface


  • IDE was designed for PHP, and therefore has many functions for this language. The application is integrated with Zend Server and phpDocumentor, supports namespaces and closures;
  • In addition, it is fully integrated with JavaScript, CSS, HTML;
  • Debugging  plugin for Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer;
  • Splitting the data of application into a model, view, and controller (MVC);
  • MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle and other databases are supported.

Zend Studio 13 introduction video

Download link

Visual Studio

Platforms: Windows, Mac OS.

Trial version: 90 days trial version is available.

Price: The price of a version without subscription is $ 499, the price of a standard subscription is $ 1199 and $ 799 for prolongation. The cloud solution will cost $ 539 per year or $ 45 per month. The free version of the application is offered to students and developers of open source software.

visual studio interfaceVisual Studio interface


  • The IDE is designed to work with .NET, so it's best to write JavaScript code for projects using this language;

  • Built-in templates for Node.js;

  • Ability to create own templates using the console command;

  • Interaction with Node.js Package Manager via interface and command line;

  • Remote code debugging for Windows, Linux and Mac OS;

  • TypeScript support.

Video about new features of Visual Studio 2017

Download link.

Which JavaScript IDE you like the most?

JavaScript is a programming language that is suitable for both creating simple scripts and writing full-fledged applications. Both of these tasks can simplify by the integrated development environment: in the first case, a simple text editor will fit, for more serious projects you need a full-fledged IDE. Which JavaScript integrated development environment you like the most? 

49% (21 votes)
Visual Studio
28% (12 votes)
19% (8 votes)
Komodo IDE
5% (2 votes)
Apana Studio
0% (0 votes)
Zend Studio
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 43

Frontend News Digest 11 - 17.01

Learn about big Googles plans about cookies, TypeScript 3.8 Beta release, new Microsoft Edge built on Chromium and even more
17 January 2020   182

Greetings! I hope your week went great! Here's new frontend technologies news digest.

Learn that Google will phase out user-agent strings in Chrome, check the tips for building the apps for new, Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, check the speech of Monica Lent about building resilient frontend architecture at GOTO 2019 and other interesting articles, guides, updates, etc


  • Why should you use HSL color representation in CSS?

Learn why and (the main thing) how to sue the HSL color representation in CSS


  • Google to phase out user-agent strings in Chrome

Big company's move - Chrome plans to shift to using Client Hints instead of user-agent strings

  • Intent to experiment: Web NFC

Chrome experiments with the NFC, a lot of interesting things may appear

  • Get started building extensions for the new Microsoft Edge

If you would like to create any app for the new Microsoft browser - check this article and be advised its built on Chromium, so most existing extensions built for Chrome will work without any changes

  • Google plans to kill off third-party cookies in Chrome ‘within 2 years’

The grace period of 2 years is pretty a lot, but, an IT giant is asking advertisment industry to help create more privacy-based alternative to cookies

  • Microsoft spots malicious npm package stealing data from UNIX systems

This malicious package was active on the npm for two weeks and downloaded ‘at least 32 times’ before it was spotted by Microsoft

  • Array reduce vs Chaining vs for Loop 

Check the difference between different approaches of operating an array


  • Upgrading to the new Microsoft Edge

The newest version of the Microsoft's web browser is built on Chromium, so this can really change a lot

  • Announcing TypeScript 3.8 Beta

The beta of the new version Microsoft-backed strict syntactical superset of JavaScript is available  - a good news for all TS coders


  • GOTO 2019 • Building Resilient Frontend Architecture • Monica Lent