IntelliJ IDEA 2019.1 Help

Uninstall IntelliJ IDEA

The proper way to remove IntelliJ IDEA depends on the method you used to install it.

This guide describes ways to uninstall IntelliJ IDEA on WindowsmacOSLinux. Use the platform switcher at the top to select another operating system.

Toolbox App

If you installed IntelliJ IDEA using the Toolbox App:

  • Open the Toolbox App, click the screw nut icon for the necessary instance, and select Uninstall.

The Toolbox App
The Toolbox App
The Toolbox App

Standalone instance

To remove a standalone IntelliJ IDEA instance, use the standard procedure for uninstalling applications on your operating system and remove the IDE configuration and system directories.

  1. Open the Apps & features section in the system Settings dialog.

  2. Select the IntelliJ IDEA app and click Uninstall.

  3. Remove the following directories:

    Syntax
    %HOMEPATH%\.<product><version>\config
    Example
    C:\Users\JohnS\.IntelliJIdea2019.1\config
    Syntax
    %HOMEPATH%\.<product><version>\system
    Example
    C:\Users\JohnS\.IntelliJIdea2019.1\system
  1. Delete the application in the Applications directory.

  2. Remove the following directories:

    Syntax
    ~/Library/Preferences/<product><version>
    Example
    ~/Library/Preferences/IntelliJIdea2019.1
    Syntax
    ~/Library/Caches/<product><version>
    Example
    ~/Library/Caches/IntelliJIdea2019.1
  1. Delete the installation directory.

  2. Remove the following directories:

    Syntax
    ~/.<product><version>/config
    Example
    ~/.IntelliJIdea2019.1/config
    Syntax
    ~/.<product><version>/system
    Example
    ~/.IntelliJIdea2019.1/system

Uninstall silently

If you installed IntelliJ IDEA silently, you can run the uninstaller with the /S switch as an administrator. The uninstaller is located in the installation directory under bin.

Run cmd (Windows Command Prompt) as administrator, change to the IntelliJ IDEA installation directory, and run the following:

bin\uninstall.exe /S

Snap package

If you installed IntelliJ IDEA as a snap package, use the following command to remove it:

$ sudo snap remove intellij-idea-ultimate
$ sudo snap remove intellij-idea-community
Last modified: 23 April 2019