intellij-idea Getting started with intellij-idea Installation or Setup


There are two main versions of IntelliJ IDEA: the Community edition and the Ultimate edition. The Community edition is free and is not lacking for features in terms of Java SE development.

Windows & Linux

Download IntelliJ IDEA from the JetBrains website, and follow installation procedures. If the Java Development Kit (JDK) is not installed, download and install the JDK. Note that you need the JDK, only having the Java Runtime Enviroment (JRE) is not enough.

Once IntelliJ IDEA has been downloaded:

  1. Run the installer
  2. Press next
  3. Choose a folder to install IntelliJ IDEA to (In most cases, leave this as the default)
  4. Choose a start menu folder to crete IntelliJ IDEA shortcuts (In most cases, leave this as the default)
  5. Choose whether to create a desktop shortcut, and choose whether to associate various Java files with IntelliJ IDEA
  6. Press next, and wait for it to install

OS X / macOS

Download IntelliJ IDEA from the JetBrains website, open the disk image (*.dmg) file downloaded, and drag and drop the application to the alias to your /Applications folder.

Mac Installer

Arch Linux

IntelliJ IDEA can be installed on Arch Linux using its package manager, pacman. Open a terminal and enter the following command.

sudo pacman -S intellij-idea-community-edition

Using sudo is not required if you're running as the root user.

Arch Linux Installation


(1) Install ubuntu-make package.

For ubuntu 16.04 and later,

sudo apt install ubuntu-make

For previous versions of ubuntu,

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-desktop/ubuntu-make  
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-make

(2) After installing Ubuntu Make, do a

umake ide idea

Default installation path: /home/current-user/.local/share/umake/ide/idea

Follow hello_world project listed above.

Follow ubuntu-make page to change default installation and to install other IDEs.


Further installation details can be found here: