Install Intellij IDEA on Ubuntu Desktop

IntelliJ Is one of the most popular JAVA IDE. If you are a Java developer who used Ubuntu Desktop, you probably need to install IntelliJ IDE on Ubuntu.

Install Intellij IDEA on Ubuntu Desktop

IntelliJ IDEA is available as a free Community Edition as well as commercial edition. One we are going to install on Ubuntu is the Community Edition, but the installation process is same for the Both editions.

This guide is compatible with both Ubuntu 18.04 and 16.04 to install intellij IDEA.

Following are the steps needed to be done in order to install intellij Ubuntu 18.04.

  1. Install Java Development Kit.
  2. Download IntelliJ IDEA for Ubuntu.
  3. Unpack the IntelliJ Linux .tar.gz file.
  4. Run from the bin subdirectory.

Install the Java Development Kit if you haven't installed already.

sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk-headless

To download IntelliJ IDEA for Ubuntu, Go to and download IntelliJ IDEA for Linux. The package is tar.gz file.

Download IntelliJ IDEA for Ubuntu

After the Download is finished, Extract the tar file to /opt directory.

sudo tar -zxvf ideaIC-2017.2.5.tar.gz -C /opt

Inside the bin subdirectory of the extracted folder, run the script to start Initial configuration of the IntelliJ IDE.

cd /opt/
cd idea-IC-172.4343.14/bin/
Run from the bin subdirectory

During the first startup, IntelliJ IDEA will ask you which plugins should be enabled by default. And Make sure that you create a desktop entry for the Ubuntu IntelliJ IDEA.

create a desktop entry for the Ubuntu IntelliJ IDE

You can continue the rest of the process with default options to install IntelliJ on Ubuntu 18.04.