Download & Install IntelliJ IDEA IDE


In this post, we will look at the step-to-step download and install procedure of IntelliJ IDEA IDE. First of all, IntelliJ IDEA has two editions

Community and Ultimate Editions

The Community Edition is free and open-source but has fewer features. The Ultimate Edition is commercial but provides an outstanding set of tools and features. Also, you can also evaluate the IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate for free for 30 days. Furthermore, the official website of JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA IDE is:

You can download the latest version of IntelliJ IDEA from the JetBrains official website as shown in the picture.


I will show how to install and screens of Community edition of IntelliJ IDEA.




On Windows: Run the .exe file and follow the instructions of IntelliJ IDEA Setup wizard as shown.

Accept EULA and continue the install.




Starting IntelliJ IDEA on Windows

If during the installation you selected to create a shortcut on your desktop, double-click that shortcut.

Otherwise, go to the <IntelliJ IDEA>bin folder (e.g. C:Program Files (x86)JetBrainsIntelliJ IDEA 2016.3bin) and run idea.exe.

Importing IntelliJ IDEA usage preferences from a previous version

When you start IntelliJ IDEA for the first time, the Complete Installation dialog opens, and you have the option of importing IntelliJ IDEA usage preferences and license information from a previous version.



Creating a desktop shortcut

To create a desktop shortcut for IntelliJ IDEA, use the Create Desktop Entry command. This command is available:

In the Customize IntelliJ IDEA wizard – when you run IntelliJ IDEA for the first time.
On the Welcome screen: Configure | Create Desktop Entry.
In the main menu: Tools | Create Desktop Entry.




Welcome Screen




In conclusion, to get acquainted with IntelliJ IDEA, you can download and install its trial version for free. In addition, this trial version is available for 30 days, whereupon you need to obtain and register a license.