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Native Neighbourhood

Products: IntelliJ IDEA, RubyMine, WebStorm, PhpStorm, PyCharm, AppCode, Android Studio, 0xDBE, CLion

Vendor: Frank Bruch



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Provides some actions to integrate IDEA into the native desktop environment.

Actions include executing the currently active file in the platform's default application, showing the active file in the platform file manager and opening a command shell in the active file's directory.

Integrates the actions into Tools-menu and main toolbar and provides an entry for the SelectInTarget-Menu to show in file manager.

Additionally a custom binary file type is registered and associated with several extensions. These files may be executed in the platform's default application by double-clicking them in the project view, for example.

Furthermore from native file manager files may be dropped on unused areas of the idea frame (empty space in toolwindowbars, editor tab area, toolbar, menubar and statusbar).

The action commands may be configured in config/options/other.xml in section NativeNeighbourhoodPlugin. Supported replacement variables are $FilePath$, $FileDir$, $FileName$ and $PluginsHome$. All Icons are loaded from configured "iconsDir" below /org/intellij/plugins/nativeNeighbourhood/icons/.

The labels may be customized in META-INF/plugin.xml in plugin directory. The associated extensions may be configured in other.xml or using the filetypes-applet in IDEA configuration.

Downloads: 31284
Participated in rating: 18
Version Since Build Until Build File/URL Size (Kb) Date Details
1.3.0. 80.8000. . Download 51.33 2010-11-13 12:08:50 details
1.2.2. . . Download 51.08 2009-11-16 22:17:05 details
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Recent change notes:

Release 1.3.0 - Support other IDEs based on the IntelliJ platform
  • Should now work on RubyMine, PyCharm, PhpStorm, WebStorm etc.
Release 1.2.2 - Minor issues
  • Fix: Preventing complete reindexing on every start for IDEA 8 and later. (Open API Change: IDEA-25207)
  • Feature: Show directory path in terminal window title on windows (Issue 3)
Release 1.2.1 - Bugfixes
  • Fixing Command Shell on Windows.
  • Fixing FileManager & Command Shell on Mac OS X.
Release 1.2 - Linux support
  • Linux/Gnome Support out of the box (many thanks to Nikita Belenkiy).
  • Linux/KDE Support out of the box (thanks to Clifton Craig).
Release 1.1.1
  • Platform's default application executes in selected file's parent directory.
  • Bugfix concerning problem with different project-frames.
Release 1.1 - Dropping files, Mac OS X Support
  • Dropping of files from native file manager opens idea editors (known issue: Dropping unknown filetypes silently fails.) Drop Targets are unused areas of the idea frame (empty space in toolwindowbars, editor tab area, toolbar, menubar and statusbar).
  • Mac OS X Support out of the box (many thanks to Denis N. Antonioli). Initializing with default configuration according to autodetected Mac OS X is only done for missing config entry "NativeNeighbourhoodPlugin" in other.xml.
  • Icons are loaded using configured subdir (other.xml), no more need to edit plugin.xml.


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The description makes things easy enough to follow, I need someone to create a virtual platform for when discussing fixes for specific errors like I can show the process in real time.
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2012-11-07 01:14:47
Please find the the stacktrace below as a new issue here:
2012-11-06 11:16:41
Error during dispatching of sun.awt.dnd.SunDropTargetEvent[MOUSE_DROPPED,(444,373)] on frame1: com.intellij.ide.projectView.impl.AbstractProjectViewPane$MyDragSource$1 cannot be cast to java.util.List java.lang.ClassCastException: com.intellij.ide.projectView.impl.AbstractProjectViewPane$MyDragSource$1 cannot be cast to java.util.List at org.intellij.plugins.nativeNeighbourhood.dropTarget.DropTargetPanel.drop( at java.awt.dnd.DropTarget.drop( at sun.awt.dnd.SunDropTargetContextPeer.processDropMessage( at sun.awt.dnd.SunDropTargetContextPeer$EventDispatcher.dispatchDropEvent( at sun.awt.dnd.SunDropTargetContextPeer$EventDispatcher.dispatchEvent( at sun.awt.dnd.SunDropTargetEvent.dispatch( at java.awt.Component.dispatchEventImpl( at java.awt.Container.dispatchEventImpl( at java.awt.Window.dispatchEventImpl( at java.awt.Component.dispatchEvent( at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEventImpl( at java.awt.EventQueue.access$400( at java.awt.EventQueue$ at java.awt.EventQueue$ at Method) at$1.doIntersectionPrivilege( at$1.doIntersectionPrivilege( at java.awt.EventQueue$ at java.awt.EventQueue$ at Method) at$1.doIntersectionPrivilege( at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent( at com.intellij.ide.IdeEventQueue.d( at com.intellij.ide.IdeEventQueue._dispatchEvent( at com.intellij.ide.IdeEventQueue.dispatchEvent( at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpOneEventForFilters( at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForFilter( at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForHierarchy( at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents( at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents( at Exception running with the latest eap build
2012-08-22 07:45:53
Looks like this plugin is not actively maintained anymore! This use to be very handy in the past.
2009-07-21 18:41:58
Open command window does not appear to work in xp with version 8.1.3 of Idea
2009-06-25 23:20:57
It seems that some scripts are missing in the last version(1.2). That's why this plugin doesn't work on the Mac. To make it work you need to download version 1.1.1 and copy files "" and "" from it to "~/Library/Application Support/IntelliJIDEA80/NativeNeighbourhood/classes/org/intellij/plugins/nativeNeighbourhood/icons/macosx". Voila!