A lot of features in IntelliJ IDEA require access to the internet. If you are working offline (for example, in an isolated environment), there are some aspects that you should keep in mind.
If you do not have internet access to view the online help, you can use the IntelliJ IDEA Help plugin, which serves the help pages via the built-in web server for offline use.
By default, IntelliJ IDEA is configured to check for updates automatically and notify you when a new version is available. Updates are usually patch-based: they are applied to the existing installation and only require you to restart the IDE. However, sometimes patch updates are not available, and a new version of IntelliJ IDEA must be installed.
If IntelliJ IDEA does not have HTTP access outside your local network, it will not be able to check for updates and apply patches. In this case, you have to download new versions of the IDE and install them manually as described in Standalone installation.
For more information, see Update IntelliJ IDEA.
Usually, plugins are installed from the JetBrains Plugin Repository. However, you can set up a custom plugin repository in your local network and configure IntelliJ IDEA to use it for installing and updating plugins.
Alternatively, you can download and manually install plugins from disk.
You can evaluate IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate for up to 30 days. After that, you need to buy and register a license.
If IntelliJ IDEA does not have HTTP access outside your local network, you will not be able to use the JetBrains Account for signing in. However, you can generate an offline activation code that will be valid during your subscription term.
If your organization has at least 50 active subscriptions or licenses of JetBrains products, you can use the Floating License Server to activate IntelliJ IDEA instances within your company network. Keep in mind that the License Server itself requires internet access for connecting to the JetBrains Account.
For more information, see Register IntelliJ IDEA.
Some code inspections verify external resources. For example, the Non-existent web resource inspection highlights dead links. If you don't have internet access, these inspections will not work and dead links will not be highlighted.
For more information, see Code inspections.
External documentation opens the necessary information in a web browser, so that you can navigate to related symbols and keep the information for further reference at the same time. After you configure external documentation for your project, you can also view it in a quick documentation popup.
Access external documentation offline
If you work offline, you can view external documentation locally.
Download the documentation package of the necessary version. The documentation package is normally distributed in a ZIP archive that you need to unpack once it is downloaded.
For example, you can download the official Java SE Development Kit 14.0.1 Documentation and unzip it.
In the Project Structure dialog Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S, select SDKs.
Select the necessary JDK version if you have several JDKs configured, and open the Documentation Path tab on the right.
Click the icon and specify the directory with the downloaded documentation package (for example, C:\Users\john.doe\Desktop\docs\api).
Apply the changes and close the dialog.
For more information, see External documentation.
Version control systems
Most likely, your source code is under some sort of version control system (VCS). If a remote repository is not in your local network, and there is no internet access, IntelliJ IDEA will not be able to communicate with the VCS. For example, if you are using Git, you will be able to commit your changes but won’t be able to push them to the remote repository or pull updates from it.
For more information about VCS integration, see Version control.
Tasks and issue trackers
You can set up a connection with an issue tracker to work with tasks and bugs assigned to you directly from IntelliJ IDEA. For example, you can connect to YouTrack, Jira, GitHub, and so on.
If the issue tracker server is not in your local network, and there is no internet access, IntelliJ IDEA will not be able to sync your issues. In this case, you will be able to work only with local tasks that you create yourself.
For more information, see Tasks and contexts.
By default, Maven connects to remote repositories and checks for updates on every launch. Resolving Maven dependencies can require downloading new artifacts. You can switch to offline mode if you want Maven to use only those resources that are available locally.
Switch Maven to offline mode
In the Maven tool window, click .
This will append the
--offline option to all Maven commands that IntelliJ IDEA runs. It will also report any items that cannot be found in the local repository.
By default, Gradle connects to remote repositories and checks for updates on every launch. Resolving Gradle dependencies can require downloading new artifacts. You can switch to offline mode if you want Gradle to use only those resources that are available locally.
Switch Gradle to offline mode
In the Gradle tool window, click .
This will append the
--offline option to all Gradle commands that IntelliJ IDEA runs. It will also report any items that cannot be found in the local repository.
Even if you enable anonymous usage statistics, it will not be sent if there is no HTTP access outside your local network. Also, you can disable this feature entirely if you agreed at first and then changed your mind later.
Disable sending usage statistics
In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, select Appearance & Behavior | System Settings | Data Sharing.
Clear the Send usage statistics checkbox.