Before creating a play application make sure you have Play framework installed. You can download it here. Note that for now IntelliJ IDEA supports only Play 1.2.4

Create application with play command

The easiest way to create a play application is to use

play new
command.

$ play new myFirstApp

This will ask you to enter application name.

Generate project

Now you can generate IntelliJ IDEA project for the application with

play idea
command. Run the command from the application directory.

$ cd myFirstApp
$ play idea

Project file

My first application.ipr
and module file
My first application.iml
generated now.

Open project and module settings

Open

My first application.ipr
file with IntelliJ IDEA and check module's settings in
File → Project Structure
. You will see that the play libraries are attached to the module.

Open play console

Once libraries attached to the project, Play support is enabled. Now you can open Play Console by

Tools → Play
with Playframework. Use
Ctrl+ Shift+ Space
for commands suggestion.

Run application

To run play application in development mode, use run command. You will see the output right in the console.

Debug application

In order to debug play application you must create Remote configuration in Run/Debug Configurations by clicking

Run → Edit Configurations
.