Sometimes you need to invoke a command line tool during your work with NetBeans. Instead of switching to another window, it is possible to invoke a terminal within NetBeans.

If you expect this in the View or Tools menu, you would not find this tool. Like a couple of other useful windows or tools, you’ll find it in the Window menu, which does not only contain a list of open windows (within the Documents… submenu).

Open Window -> IDE Tools -> Terminal.

By now, NetBeans would not start the system command line prompt, but a Unix alike command shell. Thus, if you like to use the terminal window and your operating system is Microsoft Windows, you’ll need to install cygwin first.

I’m going to write about some useful command line tools soon. Stay tuned!