Install and set up IntelliJ IDEA
- 1 GB RAM minimum, 2 GB RAM recommended
- 1.5 GB hard disk space + at least 1 GB for caches
- 1024x768 minimum screen resolution
JRE 1.8 is bundled with the IntelliJ IDEA distribution. You do not need to install Java on your computer to run IntelliJ IDEA.
A standalone JDK is required for Java development.
| Microsoft Windows 10/8/7/Vista/2003/XP |
(32 or 64 bit)
| macOS 10.8 or later |
(only 64-bit systems are supported)
Download and install IntelliJ IDEA
IntelliJ IDEA is available in two editions: Ultimate and Community. The Community edition is an open-source project and is free, but it has less features. The Ultimate edition is commercial, and provides an outstanding set of tools and features. For details, see the editions comparison matrix.
To install IntelliJ IDEA
- Download IntelliJ IDEA for your operating system.
- Do the following depending on your operating system:
- Unpack the
ideaIU.gzfile you have downloaded to a different folder if your current Downloads folder doesn't support file execution:
tar xfz ideaIC.tar.gz 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 -*.tar.gz -C /opt/
- Switch to the
bindirectory, for example:
- Unpack the
Run IntelliJ IDEA for the first time
Import IntelliJ IDEA settings
When you start IntelliJ IDEA for the first time, or after you have upgraded it from a previous version, the Complete Installation dialog opens where you can select whether you want to import the IDE settings:
Select the user interface theme
Next, you will be prompted to select the UI theme. You can choose between the default theme and the Darcula scheme:
Disable the unnecessary plugins
IntelliJ IDEA is shipped with a variety of plugins that provide integration with different version control systems and application servers, add support for various frameworks and development technologies, etc.
Download and install additional plugins
On the next step, you are prompted to download additional plugins that are not bundled with the IDE from the IntelliJ IDEA plugins repository:
Start a project in IntelliJ IDEA
- create a new project
- open an existing project
- or check out an existing project from a version control system (clone from a remote repository)
Register IntelliJ IDEA
To try and evaluate IntelliJ IDEA, you can download and install its trial version for free. The trial version is available for 30 days, whereupon you need to obtain and register a license.
- Do one of the following:
- Select how you want to register IntelliJ IDEA:
- JetBrains Account: select this option if you have a JetBrains Account that allows you to access your purchases and manage licenses (see What is JetBrains Account? to learn more).
- Activation code: select this option if you have an activation code for IntelliJ IDEA, and paste it to the text area.
- License server: select this option to register IntelliJ IDEA through the License Server web application that allows you to manage floating licenses and issue licenses to users who do not have direct internet access.
Update IntelliJ IDEA
- Download the latest version of IntelliJ IDEA.
- Launch the setup as described in Download and install IntelliJ IDEA.
- Choose whether you want to uninstall the existing product version together with its settings, caches and local history and follow the instructions of the installation wizard.
Manage IntelliJ IDEA through Toolbox App
Toolbox App is a control panel that allows you to manage all JetBrains developer tools, including IntelliJ IDEA, as well as your projects, from a single point of access. It lets you maintain different versions of the same tool, install updates and roll them back if needed. It also remembers your JetBrains Account and uses it to automatically log you in when you install and register new tools.
- Download Toolbox App.
- Launch the setup file.
Now you can manage existing tools, install new tools and download updates: