Kotlin plugin releases
The IntelliJ Kotlin plugin and IntelliJ IDEA are now on the same release cycle. To speed up the testing and delivery of new features, the plugin and the platform have been moved to the same codebase and ship simultaneously. Kotlin releases happen independently according to the new release cadence.
Kotlin and the Kotlin plugin have distinct sets of features:
- Kotlin releases contain language, compiler, and standard library features.
- Kotlin plugin releases introduce only IDE related features. For example, code formatting and debugging tools.
This also affects the versioning of the Kotlin plugin. Releases now have the same version as the simultaneous IntelliJ IDEA release. You can learn more about new release cadence in this blog post.
Kotlin plugin 2020.3
This plugin release introduces the following features:
- New types of inline refactorings
- Structural search and replace
- EditorConfig support
- Project templates for Jetpack Compose for Desktop
New types of inline refactorings
Cross-language conversion is possible starting with version 2020.3 of the Kotlin plugin. You can now use the inline refactoring actions for Kotlin elements defined in Java.
Also, this release brings refactoring improvements for lambda expressions. Now the IDE analyzes their syntax more thoroughly and formats them correctly.
Structural search and replace
Structural search and replace (SSR) actions are now available for Kotlin. The SSR feature allows you to find and replace code patterns, taking the syntax and semantics of the source code into account.
To start using the feature, open the Structural Search dialog for your
.kt file and select one of the templates or create your own.
Project templates for Jetpack Compose for Desktop
The new experimental Jetpack Compose for Desktop templates are now available in the Kotlin Project Wizard. You can create a project using the following templates:
- Desktop – a Compose project targeting the desktop JVM platform: Windows, Linux, or macOS.
- Multiplatform – a Multiplatform Compose project targeting the desktop JVM platform (Windows, Linux, macOS) and Android with shared code in common modules.
To create a project, select one of the templates while creating a new project and specify the Gradle build system. The Kotlin plugin creates all the configuration files automatically. You can try out this experimental feature by working through Getting Started with Compose for Desktop tutorial.