How To Install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install IntelliJ IDEA on your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, IntelliJ IDEA is an integrated development environment for Java development. Notably, Google uses IntelliJ IDEA as the base for its Android Studio, an open-source Android development IDE for developing Android applications. It is developed by JetBrains and is available in two editions, Community and Ultimate.

IntelliJ IDEA also supports major build automation tools such as Maven, Ant, and Gradle, and version control 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.

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 a Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • 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 Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu.

The recommended approach to installing IntelliJ on Ubuntu 18.04 Linux system is to use the Snaps package. Run the following command to install the IntelliJ IDEA snap package:

sudo snap install intellij-idea-community --classic --edge

sudo snap install intellij-idea-ultimate --classic --edge

That’s it. IntelliJ IDEA has been installed on your Ubuntu desktop.

Step 3. Starting IntelliJ IDEA.

After successful installation to start IntelliJ IDEA IDE via terminal run the following command:



Alternatively, you can start it by clicking on the IntelliJ IDEA icon (Activities -> IntelliJ IDE).

Congratulations! You have successfully installed IntelliJ IDEA. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing IntelliJ IDEA on your Ubuntu 18.04 system. For additional help 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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