Run IntelliJ IDEA for the first time
To run IntelliJ IDEA, find it in the Windows Start menu or use the desktop shortcut. You can also run the launcher batch script or executable in the installation directory under bin.
Run the IntelliJ IDEA app from the Applications directory, Launchpad, or Spotlight.
Run the idea.sh shell script in the installation directory under bin. You can also use the desktop shortcut, if it was created during installation.
For information about running IntelliJ IDEA from the command line, see Command-line interface.
Once you launch IntelliJ IDEA, you will see the Welcome screen, the starting point to your work with the IDE, and configuring its settings. This screen also appears when you close all opened projects. Use the tabs on the left side to switch to the specific welcome dialog.
Customize the IDE appearance
Configure the default settings
Click Customize and select Import Settings if you already have a copy of the required settings that you want to apply.
Alternatively, click All settings to open the settings dialog. The settings that you modify at this moment will become the new default configuration for your projects and the IDE.
Install additional plugins
Click Plugins in the left-hand pane and download and install additional plugins from the IntelliJ IDEA plugins repository.
Learn IntelliJ IDEA
Click Learn IntelliJ IDEA to get more familiar with the shortcuts, features, and workflows that the IDE has to offer. For more information, refer to Learn IDE features.
Develop your applications remotely
Click Remote Development to configure an entry point to connect to a remote server and code, run, debug, and deploy your projects remotely. For more information, refer to Remote development.
Start a project in IntelliJ IDEA
When you start IntelliJ IDEA, it will show you the Welcome screen.
From the Welcome to IntelliJ IDEA dialog, you can do the following: