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)


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