How To Install IntelliJ IDEA on CentOS 8

Install IntelliJ IDEA on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install IntelliJ IDEA on CentOS 8.  For those of you who didn’t know, IntelliJ Idea is a java Integrated development environment (IDE) for developing computer software. It is developed by JetBrains and released under Apache License in January 2001. IntelliJ IDEA also supports major build automation tools such as Maven, Ant, and Gradle, version controls systems such as Git and SVN. It has a built-in terminal, database tools, code completion, inline debugger. Also, it supports detecting duplicates, connecting Docker containers and application servers such as Tomcat, JBoss, etc.

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  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo useror access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install IntelliJ IDEA on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date and install all required dependencies.

sudo dnf install epel-release
sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing the IntelliJ IDEA on CentOS 8.

  • Install IntelliJ IDEA from the official source:

Now we download IntelliJ IDEA IDE using the official IntelliJ IDEA IDE download page:

tar -xvf ideaIU-2020.3.tar.gz
cd ideaIU-2020.3

Next, run IntelliJ IDEA IDE like normal programs you should create a symbolic link using the following command:

sudo ln -s ./ideaIU-2020.3/bin/ /usr/bin/idea

Once successfully installed, You can launch the IntelliJ IDEA IDE using the following command:

  • Install IntelliJ IDEA via Snap:

Run following the command to install Snap and IntelliJ IDEA packages:

sudo dnf install snapd
sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket
sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap

Then, to install IDEA Ultimate, simply use the following command:

sudo snap install intellij-idea-ultimate --classic

Congratulations! You have successfully installed IntelliJ IDEA. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing IntelliJ IDEA JetBrains on your CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official IntelliJ IDEA website.

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