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Opening Files from Command Line

You can open an arbitrary file, folder, or project for editing in IntelliJ IDEA from the command line, optionally specifying where the caret should rest after opening the file.

  • In the command line, run the following command:
    <IntelliJ IDEA> [--line <number>] path

    Alternatively, you can use the following syntax:

    <IntelliJ IDEA> path:<number>

The command options are as follows:

Option Description
<IntelliJ IDEA>

The platform-specific IntelliJ IDEA launcher.

On macOS and Linux, it is recommended to use the command line launcher created during the IntelliJ IDEA installation, or create one manually by selecting Tools | Create Command-line Launcher on the IntelliJ IDEA main menu. Refer to Working with IntelliJ IDEA Features from Command Line for details.

On Windows, it is recommended to add the path to the IntelliJ IDEA executable to the Path environment variable.

path

The path to the file or the folder to be opened.

  • If the file or folder belongs to an existing project, this project will be opened.
  • If the file does not belong to any project, a temporary project for this file will be created automatically.
  • If the folder does not belong to any project, a new project will be created inside this folder.
--line <number> (optional) The line number, on which the caret should rest after opening the file.

Examples

Syntax
idea.exe --line <number> path
Alternative syntax
idea.exe path:<number>
Examples
idea.exe --line 3 C:\MyProject\scripts\numbers.js idea.exe C:\MyProject\scripts\numbers.js:3
Syntax
idea --line <number> path
Alternative syntax
idea path:<number>
Example
idea --line 3 ~/MyProject/scripts/numbers.js idea ~/MyProject/scripts/numbers.js:3
Last modified: 21 June 2018