My Intellij shows me that a minor version is available for upgrade. How do I go about upgrading the current version. Do i have to create a new folder in /usr/share and change all references to the new version or is there a better way?

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Intellij requires root permissions for the built in update function to work.

  1. Either start using sudo:

    sudo /opt/intellij-idea-ce/bin/idea.sh

    or give all users the ability to update Intellij, then start as yourself:

    sudo chmod -R o+rw /opt/intellij-idea-ce
  2. Then restart the IDE, click 'Help', 'Check for updates...'
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    I dont think this answer is true. My installation lies somewhere in ~, however the update dialog only offers "Download" (which opens Firefox)
    – phil294
    Jul 20, 2017 at 18:42

Just download the .zip, extract it, and run bin/idea.sh. Your previous settings etc should be retained when you run the new version.

If oracle jdk/jvm is not available on the path, you may need to specify the path to it directly. Place the following in idea.sh, as the first line:

export IDEA_JDK=/usr/lib/jvm/jdkxxxxx

(Put your own path to the jdk in there)


Use JetBrains TOOLBOX. It is an easy way to manage your installed IDEs

Picture of JetBrains window


Best way is using JetBrains Toolbox App.

  1. Download tar.gz file from https://www.jetbrains.com/toolbox-app/
  2. Open terminal cd opt
  3. sudo tar -xvzf ~/Downloads/jetbrains-toolbox-1.xx.xxxx.tar.gz
  4. jetbrains-toolbox-1.xx.xxxx/jetbrains-toolbox

After install Toolbox you can easily update.

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