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Building with IntelliJ IDEA

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Getting started

For working with this project, IntelliJ IDEA is our recommended IDE and the one used by most collaborators. The free community edition has everything you'll need to start testing and contributing real improvements to the project.

You can build RuneLite locally using JDK 8 (or above) as the codebase supports language features up to Java 8. RuneLite mixins are the exception - these are are limited to Java 6.

Importing the project

After launching IntelliJ IDEA for first time, you will see IntelliJ welcome window. You will now need to clone RuneLite repository from git:


After clicking on that you will be greeted with prompt. You can either enter the RuneLite repository or your own GitHub fork, if you've created one.

NOTE: If you plan to make a Pull Request, you must fork the RuneLite repository, and clone from your fork.

The prompt should look something like this (if you have issues with finding git.exe see Troubleshooting section):


Click Test to verify if your entered URL is correct and then click on Clone. Now IntelliJ should start cloning the repository:


After the cloning process is done you should be greeted with prompt asking you if you want to open the project, just click Yes:


If everything went well, you should be able to see something like this:


Installing Lombok

When first viewing the project in IntelliJ IDEA you may come across this error:


This is because you do not have the Lombok Plugin installed.

Navigate to the Plugins tab under the File > Settings menu (IntelliJ IDEA > Preferences for Mac). Click the Marketplace button and search for Lombok to find it. Install the plugin and restart IntelliJ IDEA.


Success! You should no longer be getting Cannot resolve symbol or Cannot resolve method errors.

Building the project

RuneLite is using Maven as build tool. It is used for dependency management, resource generation, running tests and any other tooling needed to properly build, run and deploy RuneLite.

So, to actually run RuneLite, we first need to invoke Maven.

Locate Maven on right-side of the screen until you open something like this:


Standard maven goal is Install so let's run that. Locate Runelite (root) project in dropdown and navigate to RuneLite (root) -> Lifecycle -> Install and right-click the option and select Run Maven Build:


If you are having issues with missing JDK see Troubleshooting section. You can now save this build step as Run configuration, just right click Install again and select Create.., window like this should pop-up, so just hit Ok (you can append -DskipTests for faster builds):


Now, we need to tell IntelliJ to pick up changes based on Maven build (it should do that automatically, but sometimes it doesnt). So, still in same Maven window, just click the Refresh icon:


Running the project

Now locate Project in sidebar and click that open project view, and expand the tree to runelite/runelite-client/src/main/java/net/runelite/client. And all you need to do now is right-click RuneLite class and select run, and you are done, RuneLite should open:


If you are having any issues with this step see Troubleshooting section.


Success! You can switch between running the client and building the Maven project by switching between the RuneLite configuration and your custom Maven configuration (should be named runelite-parent [install] by default):



Missing git

If you are getting error about git.exe (or git on linux and mac) missing, you will need to first download and install Git for your OS. Git is version control software and implementation that RuneLite uses to store and track history of it's source code. To download git, just go here and select your OS version.

Missing JDK

If you are getting errors about missing JDK, make sure to install JDK 8 (see start of this page) and then navigate to File -> Project Structure like this:


Then press + button and Add JDK and locate directory of your installed JDK:


Client failing to start / Client stuck while loading / Client crashes while playing

If the client fails to boot or if the applet does not appear, try to rebuild the project by running the Maven builder again. If that also doesn't work, feel free to ask for help in the discord server. Here are few helpful tips:

Make sure your branch is up to date with master

To sync your fork simply run

git checkout master && git fetch upstream && git rebase upstream/master && git checkout - && git rebase -

or update the project from IntelliJ:


Run maven with -U

Typically your arguments will look like clean install -DskipTests -U

Make sure IntelliJ is picking up changes from Maven

If you are unsure, run: Maven Projects > Reimport all maven projects in IntelliJ (or Ctrl + Shift + A and type Reimport all maven project).

Happy development!

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