Install Apache NetBeans for the First Time and Change Look and Feel to the Dark Mode

How to Download and Install Apache NetBeans 22: A Step-by-Step Guide


Apache NetBeans 22, released on May 29, 2024, is the latest version of this powerful integrated development environment (IDE). In this post, I will guide you through the process of downloading and installing Apache NetBeans 22 from the official website. Additionally, I will show you how to change the look-and-feel to Dark Mode, which has become a popular trend. Please note that you must have JDK 7 or above installed on your computer before you can install NetBeans.


Before we begin, ensure that you have the following:

  • A computer with JDK 7 or above installed.

If you do not have the JDK installed, you can download it from the Oracle JDK website or install the OpenJDK from your package manager if you are using Linux.

Downloading Apache NetBeans 22

  1. Open your web browser and go to the official Apache NetBeans website:
  2. On the homepage, click on the “Download” link.
  3. You will be redirected to the download page. Here, you will see different options for downloading NetBeans. Click on the link for the latest release, which should be Apache NetBeans 22.
  4. Select the appropriate installer for your operating system (Windows, macOS, or Linux) and download the file.

Installing Apache NetBeans 22

  1. Once the download is complete, locate the installer file on your computer.
  2. Double-click the installer file to start the installation process.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. This usually involves accepting the license agreement, choosing the installation directory, and selecting the components you wish to install.
  4. After the installation is complete, launch Apache NetBeans 22.

Changing to Dark Mode

  1. Open Apache NetBeans 22.
  2. Go to the “Tools” menu and select “Options.”
  3. In the Options window, go to the “Appearance” tab.
  4. Under the “Look and Feel” section, select “Dark Nimbus” or any other dark theme available.
  5. Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save your changes.

Your NetBeans IDE should now be in Dark Mode, providing a more visually comfortable coding environment, especially in low-light conditions.

Watch the Installation and Dark Mode Setup Video

For a detailed visual guide, check out my demonstration video on YouTube. In this video, I walk you through the entire process of downloading, installing, and setting up Dark Mode in Apache NetBeans 22. Watch it here: NetBeans 22 Installation and Dark Mode Setup.


Apache NetBeans 22 is a robust IDE that caters to the needs of developers working on various types of applications. By following the steps outlined above, you can easily download, install, and configure NetBeans to suit your preferences, including enabling Dark Mode for a modern and comfortable coding experience.

Happy coding!

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