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Plugin search results and rankings on JetBrains Marketplace

Users have multiple ways to discover plugins on JetBrains Marketplace: keyword search, plugin categories, and in-IDE recommendations. In this article, we’ll outline how plugins are ranked when you search for them on the JetBrains Marketplace website or in-product Marketplace.

Plugin Categories

When you visit JetBrains Marketplace, you can see several pre-selected plugin categories. You can use the product selection filter to search the homepage for a specific product. By default, when no product is selected on the website, you’ll see a list of plugins for all supported IDEs.

Staff-picked plugins

Plugins are selected by the product teams of each IDE based on a combination of factors, primarily the plugin’s general usefulness and popularity, as determined by plugin downloads and ratings, among other factors. Learn more about the staff picks selection process.

Top downloaded plugins

Plugins are ranked by the number of downloads for each plugin, starting from the plugin with the greatest number of overall downloads.

New plugins

Plugins are ranked by the date when the last plugin update was uploaded to JetBrains servers, with the most recent date at the top of the list.

Top-rated plugins

Plugins are ranked by rating, starting with the plugin with the highest rating.

Search results

When you search for a particular plugin, we take the following factors into consideration:

  1. Relevance of the search term:

    Firstly, we determine whether the plugin's text fields that have been input by the vendor match the user’s request. These text fields include the plugin ID, name, description, tags, and the plugin’s vendor name. Matches in different fields are scored differently. We account for declensions, conjugations, articles, different spellings, etc. For every matching plugin, we compute an initial numerical score that shows how relevant this plugin is to a search query.

  2. Staff picks:

    If the list of plugins contains staff-picked plugins, then we add a coefficient to their initial score to boost those plugins in the search results.

  3. Popularity of the plugin:

    Subsequently, we take into account the popularity of each plugin by multiplying the score from point 2 by a coefficient derived from the plugin’s downloads. The coefficient is calculated as log10(1 + 5 * downloads_count)).

  4. Plugin rating:

    We multiply the score from point 3 by a coefficient that depends on the plugin’s rating. The coefficient is calculated as sqrt(rating), and the rating formula is outlined here. You can also choose to sort the search results by downloads, update date, publish date, name, and rating. In this case, we rank the results by this field and then by the score. You can apply additional filters to your search results, such as paid, free, plugins with source code, etc.

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Last modified: 04 April 2024