Getting Started with Codewind

Important: Codewind for Intellij is currently a Tech Preview

There are three ways of using Codewind - locally, remotely or as a hosted application on the cloud. To get started, you can try out Codewind by using the local configuration. In this configuration, you create, develop, build and run your containerised applications on your local machine using your local IDE.

Follow the instructions to get started with using Codewind locally. This will guide you through:

  1. Installing Codewind into your IDE on your local machine
  2. Creating your first project
  3. Making a code change to try out the inner loop experience

Select your IDE to get started:

The different configurations of Codewind To find out about the different ways of using Codewind - locally, remotely, or as an application hosted on the cloud - see Codewind Architecture.

Installing Codewind for IntelliJ

Important: Codewind for Intellij is currently a Tech Preview

Install Codewind for IntelliJ to develop your containerized projects from within IntelliJ.

To install Codewind for IntelliJ, complete the following steps:


  • Install IntelliJ version 2020.1.1 or later.
  • Install Docker.
  • If you use Linux, also install Docker Compose.

Installing Codewind from the IntelliJ IDE

  1. From IntelliJ, open either Preferences or Settings. A new window appears.
    • On macOS, go to Main>Preferences.
    • On Windows or Linux, go to File>Settings.
  2. Click Plugins.
  3. Click the Marketplace tab.
  4. In the search field, type codewind. The Codewind plug-in appears. Click Install.

After Installation

Getting started with Codewind - next steps Continue to instructions for create your first IntelliJ Codewind Project.