IntelliJ IDEA 2019.3 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.

  • Ultimate Edition is commercial, distributed with a 30-day trial period. It provides additional tools and features for web and enterprise development.

For more information, see the comparison matrix.

System requirements

Requirement

Minimum

Recommended

RAM

2 GB of free RAM

8 GB of total system RAM

Disk space

2.5 GB and another 1 GB for caches

SSD drive with at least 5 GB of free space

Monitor resolution

1024x768

1920×1080

Operating system

Officially released 64-bit versions of the following:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or later

  • macOS 10.11 or later

  • Any Linux distribution that supports Gnome, KDE, or Unity DE

Pre-release versions are not supported.

Latest 64-bit version of Windows, macOS, or Linux (for example, Debian, Ubuntu, or RHEL)

You do not need to install Java to run IntelliJ IDEA, because JetBrains Runtime is bundled with the IDE (based on JRE 11). 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 maintain different products or several versions of the same product, including Early Access Program (EAP) 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.

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

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.

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

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, to extract it to the recommended /opt directory, run the following command:

    sudo tar -xzf jetbrains-toolbox-1.13.4801.tar.gz -C /opt

Execute the jetbrains-toolbox binary from the extracted directory to run the Toolbox App and select which product and version you want to install. After you run the Toolbox App for the first time, it will automatically add the Toolbox App icon to the main menu.

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 the launcher relevant to your operating system

    • Add the directory with IntelliJ IDEA command-line launchers to the PATH environment variable

    • Add an item Open Folder as Project 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

When you run IntelliJ IDEA for the first time, or after you have upgraded it from a previous version, some steps are required to complete the installation, customize your instance and start working with the IDE.

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

  1. Download the disk image .dmg.

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

When you run IntelliJ IDEA for the first time, or after you have upgraded it from a previous version, some steps are required to complete the installation, customize your instance and start working with the IDE.

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

  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:

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

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

To create a desktop entry, do one of the following:

  • On the Welcome screen, click Configure | Create Desktop Entry

  • From the main menu, click Tools | Create Desktop Entry

When you run IntelliJ IDEA for the first time, or after you have upgraded it from a previous version, some steps are required to complete the installation, customize your instance and start working with the IDE.

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

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

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, open the silent configuration file with a text editor, change the value of the installation mode option mode=admin and run the installer as an administrator.

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.

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 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-community or intellij-idea-ultimate command.

To list all installed snaps, run sudo snap list. For information about other snap commands, see the Snapcraft documentation.

Last modified: 2 December 2019