Install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint Linux

As a software developer, you need a complete project development environment to ensure delivery and quality are not affected. IntelliJ IDEA is JetBrains’ favorite Java integrated development environment. The community version is released under Apache 2, but there are also proprietary commercial versions. In this blog post, we will see how to install IntelliJ IDEA on an Ubuntu Linux Desktop computer.

Setting requirements

You need to do the following to run IntelliJ IDEA on an Ubuntu Linux system.

  • Java-Oracle JDK or OpenJDK installed
  • Ubuntu desktop computer running
  • User with sudo privileges
  • Internet connection, IntelliJ IDEA can be downloaded and installed on Ubuntu.

We can start installing the dependencies, then install and confirm that IntelliJ IDEA can be launched on Ubuntu.

Step 1: Install Java on Ubuntu

Make sure we have Java installed.

sudo apt update
sudo apt -y install default-jdk default-jre

Confirm that Java was successfully installed.

$ java -version
openjdk version "11.0.5" 2019-10-15
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 11.0.5+10-post-Ubuntu-0ubuntu1.118.04)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 11.0.5+10-post-Ubuntu-0ubuntu1.118.04, mixed mode, sharing)

Step 2: Download the IntelliJ IDEA tarball

Pull the latest stable version of the IntelliJ IDEA source.

sudo apt -y install wget
wget https://download.jetbrains.com/idea/ideaIC-2019.3.1.tar.gz

Extract files.

tar xvf ideaIC-2019.3.1.tar.gz

Move the created folder to / Select table of Contents.

sudo mv idea-IC-193.5662.53/ /opt/idea
  • Launch IntelliJ IDEA from the CLI:
$ /opt/idea/bin/idea.sh
  • For a fresh installation, select “Do not import settings

  • Agree with the privacy policy.

Install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint Linux

  • Choose your favorite UI interface in the next dialog

Install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint Linux

  • Agree to create desktop entries-if there are multiple users in the system, do so for all users

Install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint Linux

  • Create launcher script in installation directory

Install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint Linux

  • (Optional) Custom IntelliJ IDEA plugin-no need to do this at this time

Install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint Linux

  • You can choose to install featured plugins

Install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint Linux

  • Since IntelliJ IDEA is ready, finally create a new project

Install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint Linux

This marks the end of the installation of IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint Linux.

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