As you might be aware, there is a Docker plug-in for IntelliJ IDEA available in this link. I downloaded the version 2.1.5 of the plug-in “Docker Integration”, saved it to disk and then via standard Ctrl+Alt+S I was able to select it from the Plug-ins panel (more details here).


This plug-in offers pretty much the same functionality than the Eclipse MARS plug-in (which was reviewed previously in Connecting Eclipse on Windows to remote Docker Daemon and includes running/inspecting containers, setting up port bindings, links, volumes and environment variables)  plus the following interesting features:

  • You can specify debug ports to be used by the Java Debug Wire Protocol (JDWP).
  • You can run a SSH terminal from inside IntelliJ IDEA.
  • You can run any external tool (including a Maven Goal or a Gradle Task) straight from the Run/Debug configuration.
  • You can start a web browser once the app has been deployed.


The main difference between the docker experience offered by Eclipse vs IntelliJ IDEA is that IntelliJ IDEA sees Docker as a deployment target and offers good integration with the rest of the IDEA whereas in Eclipse, the Docker Tooling has a lighter integration. I will cover and compare this with the Visual Studio Tools for Docker soon and how to deploy ASP.Net Core apps to Docker containers.

Thanks for reading,


Javier Andrés Cáceres Alvis

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional – MVP

Intel Black Belt Software Developer