IntelliJ IDEA 2016.3 Help

Installing and Launching

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IntelliJ IDEA editions

There are two IntelliJ IDEA editions: Community and Ultimate.

The Community Edition is free and open source but has less features. The Ultimate Edition is commercial but provides an outstanding set of tools and features. (You can evaluate IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate for free for 30 days.)

For more information, see feature-by-feature Editions comparison matrix.

Downloading and installing IntelliJ IDEA

You can download the latest version of IntelliJ IDEA from the JetBrains website. (There are the versions for Windows, OS X and Linux.)

Earlier versions are available on the Previous IntelliJ IDEA Releases page.

Depending on your operating system:

  • Windows: Run the .exe file and follow the instructions of IntelliJ IDEA Setup wizard.
  • OS X: Open the .dmg package, and drag IntelliJ IDEA to the Applications folder.
  • Linux: Unpack the .tar.gz archive into any directory within your home directory.

Refer to the section Starting IntelliJ IDEA on the various platforms for details.

Starting IntelliJ IDEA on the various platforms

Since 2016.1 IntelliJ IDEA uses Java 1.8.

Starting IntelliJ IDEA on Windows

If during the installation you selected to create a shortcut on your desktop, double-click that shortcut.

Otherwise, go to the <IntelliJ IDEA>\bin folder (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\JetBrains\IntelliJ IDEA 2016.3\bin) and run idea.exe, idea64.exe, or idea.bat.

See also, .

Starting IntelliJ IDEA on OS X

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Also, if you wish to change JDK IntelliJ IDEA is running on, use the action Switch boot JDK. To invoke this action, use Searching Everywhere or Find Action.

Starting IntelliJ IDEA on Linux

  1. Download the <ideaIC or ideaIU>-*.tar.gz file from the Download page.
  2. Unpack the <ideaIC or ideaIU>-*.tar.gz file to a different folder, if your current "Download" folder doesn't support file execution:
    tar xfz <ideaIC or ideaIU>-*.tar.gz <new_archive_folder>

    The recommended install location according to the filesystem hierarchy standard (FHS) is /opt. For example, it's possible to enter the following command:

    sudo tar xf <ideaIC or ideaIU>-*.tar.gz -C /opt/
  3. Switch to the bin directory:
    cd <new archive folder>/<ideaIC or ideaIU>-*/bin
    For example,
    cd opt/<ideaIC or ideaIU>-*/bin
  4. Run idea.sh from the bin subdirectory.

Creating a desktop shortcut

To create a desktop shortcut for IntelliJ IDEA, use the Create Desktop Entry command. This command is available:

  • In the Customize IntelliJ IDEA wizard - when you run IntelliJ IDEA for the first time.
  • On the Welcome screen: Configure | Create Desktop Entry.
  • In the main menu: Tools | Create Desktop Entry.

You can choose to create the shortcut:

  • For all of your computer users: In this case, the jetbrains-idea.desktop entry file is created in /usr/share/applications.
  • Only for yourself: The jetbrains-idea.desktop entry file is created in ~/.gnome/apps and ~/.local/share/applications.

For Eclipse and NetBeans users

Your transition to IntelliJ IDEA may be easier, if you look at these pages:

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Last modified: 7 December 2016