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How to Install IntelliJ IDEA in Ubuntu Linux

IntelliJ IDEA is one of the best and most popular Java integrated development environments for developing a computer program. Like PyCharm, this IDE is also developed by JetBrains. IntelliJ IDEA was first released in January 2001 and the first available Java IDE with code refactoring capabilities and advanced code navigation integrated. It supports many development environments like AppCode, CLion, PhpStorm, PyCharm, RubyMine, WebStorm, and MPS. It has two variations, a community edition – free and ultimate edition – a paid version with extra features.

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In the earlier post, I have shown you how to install PyCharm on Ubuntu. This tutorial will show you how to install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu and other Ubuntu-based Linux distributions. If you want to install IntelliJ IDEA, then make sure that Java is installed on your system.

IntelliJ IDEA in Ubuntu Linux-2
IntelliJ IDEA in Ubuntu Linux-1

General Important Features

  • Deep intelligence
  • Out-of-the-box experience with mission-critical tools
  • Smart code completion
  • Framework-specific assistance
  • Productivity Boosters
  • Developer ergonomics
  • Unobtrusive intelligence
  • JVM Debugger
  • Version Control Systems
  • An important fix that restores the automatic check for updates.
  • The keystrokes aren’t lost during freezing anymore
  • Clicking the Replace all option from the Replace in Path dialog doesn’t cause the IDE to freeze
  • The issue with broken JPS that inhibits all non-Gradle Android builds
  • Facet settings stored externally are now loaded by the build process
  • support for the annotationProcessorPaths option in the maven-compiler-plugin 3.5 for external dependencies.
  • Performance for scrolling huge text file on 4K monitors was improved
  • The issue with AWT popups, which were above other process windows after alt-tab, was fixed

How to install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu

Method 1 – Using Ubuntu Make

Ubuntu Make is a command-line tool that helps the developer install various development utility tools and IDEs, including PyCharm, Android Studio, Eclipse, etc. IntelliJ IDEA is one of them that is supported by Ubuntu make.

  • Install Ubuntu make using PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-desktop/ubuntu-make
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-make
  • Install the IntelliJ Community edition:
umake ide idea
  • Install the IntelliJ Ultimate edition:
umake ide idea-ultimate
  • Remove IntelliJ installed via Ubuntu Make:
umake -r ide idea
umake -r ide idea-ultimate

Method 2 – Install IntelliJ using PPA

You can install IntelliJ IDEA by running the following unofficial PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mmk2410/intellij-idea-community
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install intellij-idea-community
  • Remove IntelliJ installed from the above PPA:
sudo apt-get remove intellij-idea-community
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:mmk2410/intellij-idea-community

Method 3: Install IntelliJ via Source Code

You can also install IntelliJ IDEA from the source code on other Linux distros that are not based on Ubuntu, such as Arch Linux, Fedora, Manjaro, etc. Moreover, use the source code if you are not comfortable using PPA.

IntelliJ Community Edition Source Code GitHub repository

Method 4: Install via Snap

You can install it through official snap packages on the Linux system. First, you install the snapd daemon if you never installed any snap packages (Ubuntu 16.04 only).

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Now you search the specific software in the distro-specific software center or run the following command to install:

snap install intellij-idea-community --classic

For the ultimate edition, replace intellij-idea-community with intellij-idea-ultimate in the code.

Note: The features mentioned here are not all-inclusive. The features mentioned are compiled either from their respective official websites or from my personal experience using them.

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Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan is a passionate enthusiast for technology. He admires all things tech and loves to help others understand the fundamentals of Linux, servers, networking, and computer security in an understandable way without overwhelming beginners. His articles are carefully crafted with this goal in mind - making complex topics more accessible.


  1. In Ubuntu, IntelliJ IDEA is installable as a snap as well:

    sudo snap install intellij-idea-community
    sudo snap install intellij-idea-ultimate

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