In this tutorial, we will learn how to setup environment for Kotlin programming. We learned in our last tutorial that Kotlin is JVM based programming language it means we have to install JDK (Java Development Kit) to run our Kotlin programs. Here I am dividing this Kotlin environment setup into four steps please follow each and every step carefully. These steps are:

  1. JDK installation
  2. IDE for Kotlin
  3. Setting up Kotlin in IDE
  4. Starting Kotlin project

JDK installation: Our very first setup to setup environment for Kotlin is to download the Java development kit. We know it very well that the Java is the product of Oracle, so you can download Java Development kit from the site of Oracle. Click here to download JDK. After downloading JDK please install it in your device. It is pretty easy to install JDK while installing JDK you would get several dialogue boxes. Please follow the instructions of each dialogue box.

IDE for Kotlin: After successful installation of JDK our next step will be to download the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) to write Kotlin programs. There are several IDE available in the market which we can use to write Kotlin code like Netbeans, Eclipse, and IntelliJ (by Jetbrains). You can use any IDE it’s totally up to you. But during all these tutorials I will use Eclipse. If you have already installed an IDE from these in your machine then, it’s awesome otherwise you can download it links are here (Click on the name of IDE).

  • Netbeans
  • Eclipse
  • Intellij

Setting up Kotlin in IDE: As I have mentioned in the previous step that during all these tutorials I will use Eclipse IDE. So if you want to setup environment for Kotlin in Eclipse the steps are as follow:

  • Open Eclipse
  • Click on Help in the menu bar
  • Open Eclipse market place
  • In the search tab, in find box write Kotlin and search.
  • You will get plugin named “Kotlin Plugin for Eclipse (version)” install it.
setup environment for Kotlin
  • After successful installation of plugin restart Eclipse.

Starting Kotlin project: Now we have successfully installed JDK, IDE and Kotlin plugin. It’s time to start a new project. So to do this open Eclipse IDE in your machine and go files in the menu bar select new option. Then others and select Kotlin project. In the next tutorial, we will learn about Kotlin project structure and we will also write our first program in Kotlin.