IntelliJ IDEA 2020.1 Help

Uninstall IntelliJ IDEA

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

Uninstall using the Toolbox App

If you installed IntelliJ IDEA using the Toolbox App, do the following:

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

    Uninstall IntelliJ IDEA using the Toolbox App

Uninstall a standalone instance

If you are running a standalone IntelliJ IDEA instance, the IDE configuration and system directories are preserved when you remove your instance in case you want to keep your settings for later or to use them with another instance, another version, or another IDE. You can remove those directories if you are sure you won't need them.

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

  2. Select the IntelliJ IDEA app and click Uninstall.

  3. Remove the following directories:

    Syntax
    %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\JetBrains\<product><version>
    %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\JetBrains\<product><version>
    Example
    C:\Users\JohnS\AppData\Roaming\JetBrains\IntelliJIdea2020.1
    C:\Users\JohnS\AppData\Local\JetBrains\IntelliJIdea2020.1
  1. Delete the IntelliJ IDEA application in the Applications directory.

  2. Remove the following directories:

    Syntax
    ~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/<product><version>
    ~/Library/Caches/JetBrains/<product><version>
    Example
    ~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/IntelliJIdea2020.1
    ~/Library/Caches/JetBrains/IntelliJIdea2020.1
  1. Delete the installation directory.

  2. Remove the following directories:

    Syntax
    ~/.config/JetBrains/<product><version>
    ~/.cache/JetBrains/<product><version>
    Example
    ~/.config/JetBrains/IntelliJIdea2020.1
    ~/.cache/JetBrains/IntelliJIdea2020.1

Uninstall silently on Windows

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

Uninstall the snap package on Linux

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: 8 April 2020