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How to install Intellij Idea on Arch-based Linux Distributions(Manjaro) ?

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IntelliJ is a cross-platform integrated development environment(IDE) developed by Jetbrains and is available as an Apache 2 Licensed community edition and a commercial edition. It is primarily used for developing computer software written in Java, Kotlin, Groovy, and other JAR-based languages. It is one of the most popular Java IDE on the market due to its features like auto code completion, syntax highlighting, linting, debugging, profiling, etc. It also supports code navigation, code completion, code refactoring, unit testing, integration testing, and a wide variety of plugins.

Since IntelliJ is proprietary software by Jetbrains and is not available in the official repositories, we cannot install it using Pacman. So, this article will discuss the most common way to install IntelliJ on Arch/Manjaro/Chakra.

Installation of IntelliJ

Step 1: Update and upgrade your system by running

$ sudo pacman -Syyu



Step 2: Install snap from the official Arch repositories

$ sudo pacman -S snapd



Step 3: Enable snap by using the systemctl command

$ sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket


Step 4: Create a symbolic link between /var/lib/snapd/snap and /snap to enable classic support

$ sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap


Step 5: Verify the installation by running

$ snap version


Step 6:  Finally, install IntelliJ Idea using the snap with –classic flag.

$ sudo snap install intellij-idea-community –classic


Getting Started with IntelliJ

  • You can now open IntelliJ by searching for the application in the application menu




  • Create a new Java/Maven/Kotlin Project



Uninstallation of IntelliJ

To uninstall IntelliJ along with all of its dependencies run:

$ sudo snap remove intellij-idea-community


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Last Updated : 27 Jun, 2022
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