IntelliJ IDEA 2023.3 Help

Configuring the IDE

IntelliJ IDEA allows you to configure the settings on several levels: the module level, the project level, and globally.

Types of settings

Global settings apply to all projects that you open with a specific installation or version of IntelliJ IDEA. Such settings include IDE appearance (themes, color schemes, menus and toolbars), notification settings, the set of the installed and enabled plugins, debugger settings, code completion, and so on.

Project settings apply to the current project only, unless you configure them as default settings for new projects. Such settings include VCS configuration, code style options, the list of language inspections, and so on.

To configure your IDE, select IntelliJ IDEA | Settings for macOS or File | Settings for Windows and Linux. Alternatively, press Control+Alt+S or click the Settings button on the toolbar.

Settings that are NOT marked with the For current project icon in the Settings dialog are global and apply to all existing projects of the current IntelliJ IDEA version.

Global settings marked in the Settings dialog

Restore IDE settings

In IntelliJ IDEA 2020.1, the configuration paths have been changed. That is why the information in this section is valid for IntelliJ IDEA of version 2020.1 and later. If you use a previous version of IntelliJ IDEA, add the version number to the page URL in order to access the corresponding documentation. For example, if you use IntelliJ IDEA 2019.3, type www.jetbrains.com/help/idea/2019.3/configuring-project-and-ide-settings.html.

When you restore the default IDE settings, IntelliJ IDEA backs up your configuration to another directory. You can always restore your settings from that backup.

Back up your settings and restore the defaults

  1. Go to File | Manage IDE Settings | Restore Default Settings.

    Alternatively, press Shift twice and type Restore default settings.

    IntelliJ IDEA shows a confirmation popup:

    A popup prompting to confirm that you want to restore the default settings
  2. Click Restore and Restart. The IDE will be restarted with the default configuration.

When IntelliJ IDEA restores the default IDE settings, it creates a backup directory with your configuration in:

Syntax

%APPDATA%\JetBrains\<product><version>-backup

Example

C:\Users\JohnS\AppData\Roaming\JetBrains\IntelliJIdea2023.3-backup

Syntax

~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/<product><version>-backup

Example

~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/IntelliJIdea2023.3-backup

Syntax

~/.config/JetBrains/<product><version>-backup

Example

~/.config/JetBrains/IntelliJIdea2023.3-backup

Apply the IDE settings from a backup

  1. In the main menu, go to File | Manage IDE Settings | Import Settings.

  2. In the dialog that opens, specify the path to the backup directory and click Open.

    IntelliJ IDEA shows a confirmation popup. Note that after you apply the settings from the backup, these settings will be overwritten with your current IDE configuration.

    Apart from the backup configuration directory, you can select the configuration directory from another IntelliJ IDEA version or a .zip file with the previously exported settings.

  3. Click Restart to apply the settings from the backup and restart the IDE.

Last modified: 26 January 2024