Where did my plug-ins go?
By Roman Strobl on IV 26, 2008
The final release of NetBeans 6.1 will provide about 50 stable and well tested plug-ins on the stable and beta update centers (depending on which version of NetBeans you install, it can be more or less). However I noticed that some important plug-ins are missing. For example if you want to get the Groovy / Grails plug-ins, you won't find them in default installation. So if you want to have access to more plug-ins in your 6.1 release (or in other releases, betas, etc.), you can add a development update center to your IDE. Note that these plug-ins do not go through the same QA process as the plug-ins on the stable and beta update centers, so use this at your own risk. However the Groovy / Grails plug-ins are probably worth a little risk :)
To install the development update center to your NetBeans installation go to Tools | Plug-ins | Settings | Add update center and specify this URL:
That's it, from now on you get access to 140+ plug-ins. You can disable the daily update center easily using the checkbox if you make sure you install only tested plug-ins. In case you want to get even more plug-ins, you can also install the plug-in portal update center:Geertjan's blog for details.