IntelliJ IDEA 2024.1 Help

Install IntelliJ IDEA

IntelliJ IDEA is a cross-platform IDE that provides consistent experience on the Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems.

IntelliJ IDEA is available in the following editions:

  • Community Edition is free and open-source, licensed under Apache 2.0. It provides all the basic features for JVM and Android development.

  • IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate is commercial, distributed with a 30-day trial period. It provides additional tools and features for web and enterprise development. For pricing information, refer to Subscription options & Pricing.

For more information about the editions, refer to the comparison matrix.

System requirements

Requirement

Minimum

Recommended

RAM

2 GB of free RAM

8 GB of total system RAM

CPU

Any modern CPU

Multi-core CPU. IntelliJ IDEA supports multithreading for different operations and processes making it faster the more CPU cores it can use.

Disk space

3.5 GB

SSD drive with at least 5 GB of free space

Monitor resolution

1024×768

1920×1080

Operating system

Officially released versions of the following:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 1809 64-bit or later

    Windows Server 2019 64-bit or later

  • macOS 12.0 or later

  • Ubuntu Linux 20.04 LTS or a later LTS version that uses the following:

Pre-release versions are not supported.

The latest versions of the following:

  • Windows 64-bit

  • macOS

  • Ubuntu Linux LTS

You do not need to install Java to run IntelliJ IDEA because JetBrains Runtime is bundled with the IDE (based on JRE 17). However, to develop Java applications, a standalone JDK is required.

Install using the Toolbox App

The JetBrains Toolbox App is the recommended tool to install JetBrains products. Use it to install and manage different products or several versions of the same product, including Early Access Program (EAP) and Nightly releases, update and roll back when necessary, and easily remove any tool. The Toolbox App maintains a list of all your projects to quickly open any project in the right IDE and version.

Install the Toolbox App

  1. Download the installer .exe from the Toolbox App web page.

  2. Run the installer and follow the wizard steps.

  3. After you run the Toolbox App, click its icon Toolbox App icon in the notification area and select which product you want to install.

    To install a specific version, click and select Available versions.

IntelliJ IDEA in the Toolbox App

Log in to your JetBrains Account from the Toolbox App, and it will automatically activate the available licenses for any IDE that you install.

Install the Toolbox App

  1. Download the disk image .dmg from the Toolbox App web page.

  2. Mount the image and drag the JetBrains Toolbox app to the Applications folder.

  3. After you run the Toolbox App, click its icon in the main menu and select which product you want to install.

    To install a specific version, click and select Available versions.

IntelliJ IDEA in the Toolbox app

Log in to your JetBrains Account from the Toolbox App, and it will automatically activate the available licenses for any IDE that you install.

Install the Toolbox App

  1. Download the tarball .tar.gz from the Toolbox App web page.

  2. Extract the tarball to a directory that supports file execution.

    For example, if the downloaded version is 1.17.7391, you can extract it to the recommended /opt directory using the following command:

    sudo tar -xzf jetbrains-toolbox-1.17.7391.tar.gz -C /opt
  3. Execute the jetbrains-toolbox binary from the extracted directory to run the Toolbox App.

    After you run the Toolbox App for the first time, it will automatically add the Toolbox App icon Toolbox App icon to the main menu.

  4. Select the product that you want to install.

    To install a specific version, click and select Available versions.

IntelliJ IDEA in the Toolbox app

Log in to your JetBrains Account from the Toolbox App, and it will automatically activate the available licenses for any IDE that you install.

Standalone installation

Install IntelliJ IDEA manually to manage the location of every instance and all the configuration files. For example, if you have a policy that requires specific install locations.

  1. Download the installer .exe.

  2. Run the installer and follow the wizard steps.

    On the Installation Options step, you can configure the following:

    • Create a desktop shortcut for launching IntelliJ IDEA.

    • Add the directory with IntelliJ IDEA command-line launchers to the PATH environment variable to be able to run them from any working directory in the Command Prompt.

    • Add the Open Folder as Project action to the system context menu (when you right-click a folder).

    • Associate specific file extensions with IntelliJ IDEA to open them with a double click.

    The Installation Options step of the installation wizard

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.

  1. Download the ZIP archive

  2. Extract the archive to the desired folder.

To run IntelliJ IDEA, use the launcher batch script or executable in the extracted directory under bin.

  1. Download the disk image.

  2. Mount the image and drag the IntelliJ IDEA app to the Applications folder.

Run the IntelliJ IDEA app from the Applications directory, Launchpad, or Spotlight.

  1. Download the tarball .tar.gz.

  2. Extract the tarball to a directory that supports file execution.

    For example, to extract it to the recommended /opt directory, run the following command for IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate:

    sudo tar -xzf ideaIU-*.tar.gz -C /opt

    For IntelliJ IDEA Community, run:

    sudo tar -xzf ideaIC-*.tar.gz -C /opt

Execute the idea.sh script from the extracted directory to run IntelliJ IDEA.

Create a desktop entry

  1. On the Welcome screen, click Options Menu Options Menu | Create Desktop Entry.

  2. Click Activities in the top-left corner of the screen.

  3. Click the grid button in the dash to show all applications.

  4. To pin the app to the dash, right-click the IntelliJ IDEA icon IntelliJ IDEA App icon and select Add to Favorites.

When you run IntelliJ IDEA for the first time, you can take several steps to complete the installation, customize your instance, and start working with the IDE.

For more information, refer to Run IntelliJ IDEA for the first time.

For more information about the location of the default IDE directories with user-specific files, refer to Directories used by the IDE.

Silent installation on Windows

Silent installation is performed without any user interface. It can be used by network administrators to install IntelliJ IDEA on a number of machines and avoid interrupting other users.

To perform silent install, run the installer with the following switches:

  • /S: Enable silent install

  • /CONFIG: Specify the path to the silent configuration file

  • /D: Specify the path to the installation directory

    This parameter must be the last in the command line, and it should not contain any quotes even if the path contains blank spaces.

For example:

ideaIU.exe /S /CONFIG=d:\temp\silent.config /D=d:\IDE\IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate

To check for issues during the installation process, add the /LOG switch with the log file path and name between the /S and /D parameters. The installer will generate the specified log file. For example:

ideaIU.exe /S /CONFIG=d:\temp\silent.config /LOG=d:\JetBrains\IDEA\install.log /D=d:\IDE\IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate

Silent configuration file

You can download the default silent configuration file for IntelliJ IDEA at https://download.jetbrains.com/idea/silent.config

The silent configuration file defines the options for installing IntelliJ IDEA. With the default options, silent installation is performed only for the current user: mode=user. If you want to install IntelliJ IDEA for all users, change the value of the installation mode option to mode=admin and run the installer as an administrator.

The default silent configuration file is unique for each JetBrains product. You can modify it to enable or disable various installation options as necessary.

Install as a snap package on Linux

You can install IntelliJ IDEA as a self-contained snap package. Since snaps update automatically, your IntelliJ IDEA installation will always be up-to-date.

To use snaps, install and run the snapd service as described in the snapd installation guide.

On Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and later, this service is pre-installed.

IntelliJ IDEA is distributed via two channels:

  • The stable channel includes only stable versions. To install the latest stable release of IntelliJ IDEA, run the following command:

    sudo snap install intellij-idea-ultimate --classic
    sudo snap install intellij-idea-community --classic

    The --classic option is required because the IntelliJ IDEA snap requires full access to the system, like a traditionally packaged application.

  • The edge channel includes EAP builds. To install the latest EAP build of IntelliJ IDEA, run the following command:

    sudo snap install intellij-idea-ultimate --classic --edge
    sudo snap install intellij-idea-community --classic --edge

When the snap is installed, you can launch it by running the intellij-idea-ultimate or intellij-idea-community command.

To list all installed snaps, run sudo snap list.

Install a specific version

  1. To check the list of available versions, run the following command:

    snap info intellij-idea-ultimate
    snap info intellij-idea-community
  2. To install the version you want, run the following command:

    sudo snap install intellij-idea-ultimate --channel=2023.3/stable --classic
    sudo snap install intellij-idea-community --channel=2023.3/stable --classic

For more information about other snap commands, refer to the Snapcraft documentation.

Last modified: 26 May 2024