How To Install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. 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, and 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.

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 JetBrains on a Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • 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 Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

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

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing the IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu 20.04.

The easiest way is to install IntelliJ IDEA on the Ubuntu system is by using the snappy packaging system. Run the following command to install the IntelliJ IDEA snap package:

sudo snap install intellij-idea-community --classic

sudo snap install intellij-idea-ultimate --classic

sudo snap install intellij-idea-educational --classic

Step 3. Launch IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu.

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

$ intellij-idea-community
$ intellij-idea-ultimate
$ intellij-idea-educational

Congratulations! You have successfully installed IntelliJ IDEA. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing IntelliJ IDEA on your Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa 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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