How To Install IntelliJ IDEA on openSUSE

Install IntelliJ IDEA on openSUSE

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install IntelliJ IDEA on openSUSE. IntelliJ IDEA is a robust Integrated Development Environment (IDE) designed by JetBrains for enhancing the productivity of developers. It supports numerous programming languages, including Java, Kotlin, Groovy, and Scala, and offers a plethora of features such as smart code completion, on-the-fly error detection, and powerful refactoring tools. These features make IntelliJ IDEA a preferred choice for developers worldwide.

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 the step-by-step installation of IntelliJ IDEA on openSUSE.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: openSUSE.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • You will need access to the terminal to execute commands. openSUSE provides the Terminal application for this purpose. It can be found in your Applications menu.
  • You’ll need an active internet connection to download Kodi and its dependencies.
  • You’ll need administrative (root) access or a user account with sudo privileges.

Install IntelliJ IDEA on openSUSE

Step 1. Before installing any new packages on your openSUSE system, it’s a good practice to update the system packages to the latest versions. This can be done using the following command:

sudo zypper refresh
sudo zypper update

 This command updates all the packages on your system to their latest versions. If prompted, enter your password and press Y to confirm the update.

Step 2. Installing Snap on openSUSE

Snap is a universal package manager from Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. It simplifies software installation by bundling dependencies into a single package, making it an ideal choice for installing IntelliJ IDEA on openSUSE. Snap can be installed from openSUSE’s main repositories. Simply run:

sudo zypper install snapd

This install Snapd, the background service that manages Snap packages, along with the Snap command line utility.

After installing snapd, enable and start the service with:

sudo systemctl enable --now snapd

Step 3. Installing IntelliJ IDEA on openSUSE.

Use the snap command to install the latest stable release of IntelliJ IDEA:

sudo snap install intellij-idea-community --classic

This downloads and installs IntelliJ IDEA into an isolated sandbox. The --classic flag is needed to ensure full access to your home directory.

Snap packages update themselves automatically in the background. But you can always check for IntelliJ IDEA updates manually:

sudo snap refresh intellij-idea-community

If an update is available, Snap will download and install it seamlessly. Relaunch IntelliJ IDEA to begin using the latest version.

Step 4. Accessing IntelliJ IDEA on openSUSE Linux.

Once installed, you can launch IntelliJ IDEA from your system‘s application menu or by running intellij-idea-community it in your terminal.

Upon the first launch, IntelliJ IDEA will prompt you to import settings from a previous installation. If this is your first time using IntelliJ IDEA, select ‘Do not import settings’.

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

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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