Building and Running the plugin

Use this to get started with developing the plugin.

Local Build

This plugin is built using Gradle. If you build or run it the first time it will download the community edition of IntelliJ automatically. You don’t need to install Gradle, you just need to install Java and make it available in the path.

If you have developed the plugin before it changed to Gradle you might want to remove the contents of your .idea folder to trigger a re-import of the Gradle project.

To build this plugin, you need to run:

./gradlew -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 buildPlugin

The ZIP file with plugin to distribute will be located in build/distributions.

The plugin.xml inside the archive will state version 0.0.1 unless you specify an environment variable VERSION that holds a release number. This ensures that a temporarily locally build plugin will be overwritten by the JetBrains plugin update site.

Running the development version locally

To run the plugin for development you’ll need to start

./gradlew -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 runIde

To run all tests and the CheckStyle validations you’ll need to start

./gradlew -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 check

Running the plugin from with the IDE


You most likely want to do this for fast turnaround times when running single tests, and debugging both tests and the plugin itself. Please use IntelliJ IDEA as an IDE for developing on this plugin.

You can use the most recent version of the IDE. The build.gradle file specifies the minimum version for all users of the plugin, but when developing you are free to use a more recent version.

Setup Tasks

  1. Checkout the GitHub project and import it as a gradle project.

  2. Ensure to install the following plugins (your IDE should recommend installing them once you open the project):


    Helps with highlighting and code completion in Grammar files (*.flex).


    Helps to analyze the PSI (abstract syntax tree) created from the plugin in the IDE.


    This project contains a ready-to-go CheckStyle configuration that will work both in the IDE and in gradle.

  3. Go to Project Structure…​  Project Setting  Project:

    1. choose “Amazon Corretto 11” as Project JDK
      (use Add JDK and Download JDK…​ if not already present)

Validation Tasks

Perform these tasks to ensure that your setup is ready for development.

  1. Run the test cases from to see that running tests works in your setup.

  2. There are two ready-to-go run configurations checked in to git that you can run:


    building the plugin as a ZIP-file that you can then install locally into your IDE


    runs an IntelliJ community edition with the AsciiDoc plugin enabled. You can choose to run it in debug mode.