How To Install IntelliJ IDEA on Debian 10

Install IntelliJ IDEA on Debian 10

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install IntelliJ IDEA on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, IntelliJ IDEA IDE is an intelligent and fully-featured IDE for Java developed by JetBrains. It also provides support for Javascript, Typescript, CSS, etc. You can also extend IntelliJ IDEA IDE features by using plugins. By using IntelliJ IDEA IDE plugins you can also get support for frameworks like Blade, DropWizard, etc. We can also use IntelliJ IDEA IDE for other programming languages like HTML, SQL, Javascript, CSS, and more.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of IntelliJ IDEA on a Debian 10 (Buster) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10 (Buster).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or 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 Debian 10 Buster

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Snappy Package Manager.

Install the snap package manager using the apt command:

sudo apt install snapd

Step 3. Installing IntelliJ IDEA on Debian 10.

Run the following command to install the IntelliJ IDEA community edition:

sudo snap install intellij-idea-community --classic

Once successfully downloading and installing the package you will get the following output:

intellij-idea-community 2020.4 from jetbrains* installed

Step 3. Starting IntelliJ IDEA.

Start IntelliJ IDEA from Activities » Search for IntelliJ IDEA.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed IntelliJ IDEA. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing IntelliJ IDEA JetBrains on your Debian 10 Buster system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official IntelliJ IDEA website.

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