Toolbox App 1.5: Staying up-to-date has never been easier

Please welcome Toolbox App 1.5—the biggest update since the initial release one year ago. In this build, you’ll find an auto-update option, improvements for the projects list, and a refreshed user interface.

Auto update

Now in every installed tool’s settings there is an option to enable automatic downloading and installing of newer versions. There is also a similar option available for Toolbox App itself in the main settings. Enable it to always use the latest available goodies and not have to wait an extra second.

To ensure this feature works properly, we’ve improved the reliability of downloads on poor connections. Toolbox App now correctly reacts to network timeouts and resumes the download after a connection is reestablished.

If, for some reason, you don’t like the recent version that was installed automatically, you can always roll back. This action will revert the latest update and remember to skip that version next time. The ‘Skip’ action is also available in the tool’s menu if you decide to stick to manual upgrades. If you click it by accident, you still can force the skipped version to be installed from the same menu.

Please note that auto-update is disabled by default and should be activated for each tool individually. On Windows 8 and newer, auto-update is disabled on metered connections per Microsoft guidelines.

We encourage you to enable auto-update for all installed tools and let us know how it works for you.

Improved projects list


There is a new context menu on every project in Toolbox, from which you can:

  • Mark a project as favorite (Alt+Plus, ⌥+ on macOS). Favorite projects stay at the top of the list for easier access;
  • Hide an unwanted project from the list (Alt+Del, ⌥⌦ on macOS). No files are deleted, which is why we call it ‘Hide,’ not ‘Remove.’ To restore the project in the list, just open it in your favorite IDE again;


  • Select a specific IDE to open a particular project by default, in case you have multiple IDEs available.

The projects list is now updated more often, and more efficiently, too, meaning it always stays up to date while consuming fewer resources.

A custom project icon is now detected as well. You can set it from an IDE’s Welcome screen or via the Manage Projects dialog, or just add an icon.png file in the .idea directory in the project root.

Also, if your IDE configs are stored in a non-default directory, Toolbox App will pick up on this and correctly detect and show all your projects.

Firefox extension for integration with GitHub

A browser extension for easy opening of GitHub projects is now available in the Firefox Add-ons directory. (Previously, it was only available for Google Chrome.)

Refreshed UI

To celebrate Toolbox App’s first birthday, we’ve slightly refreshed its UI. Check it out!

Compatibility notes

On Linux, Toolbox App now requires glibc version 2.17. This means it will no longer start on older distributions like CentOS 6 or Ubuntu 12.04. Their support period has come to an end, and we’ve stopped releasing new builds for them, in order to focus on better support for modern distributions. If you’re staying on those platforms, you’re welcome to use Toolbox App 1.4–updates for installed applications will continue to work as before.

This release also fixes an issue with blank window, which we’ve been able to reproduce on some configurations with the latest graphics cards’ drivers on Linux. We are still investigating some issues with Wayland though.

As usual, many smaller fixes and improvements are included. See the full release notes for details.

Update now from the app or download the new version and let us know what you think of the new features!

Spend more time coding, less updating!

Your JetBrains Toolbox App Team

About Victor Kropp

Victor Kropp is Toolbox App Team Lead, proud husband and father, and IRONMAN finisher.
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35 Responses to Toolbox App 1.5: Staying up-to-date has never been easier

  1. Ryan Peters says:

    Very happy the blank window bug is fixed! Always great to see Jetbrains working to improve all of their products even in these weird scenarios.

  2. Eugen says:

    It is looking slick! Can you guys add easy access for the CHANGELOG?

  3. Sebastian S. says:

    Is it possible that the release version 1.5.2871 for MacOS was not properly signed? I am getting a warning that the developer identitiy could not be verified and I never had this issue with another Jetbrains binary.
    Thanks for the help.

  4. Wu Haotian says:

    +1 for getting warning that the developer identity could not be verified.

    MD5 (jetbrains-toolbox-1.5.2871.dmg) = 72c05566ec99cbab8802c99c98586ff1

  5. Showbox says:

    Loving the v1.5. UI looks sharp happy with bugs like blank window to have gone. Would have appreciated if accessing changelog would have been bit easier but overall I LOVE Toolbox App.

  6. Cris B says:

    Does the user get some form of notification when an autoupdate has occurred?

    • Victor Kropp says:

      Well, there is a notification, but it visible only for a few seconds. We will investigate how to display it in a better way.

  7. MCCZ says:

    If you get a signing error on macOS 10.13, follow and

    If you restart the computer, the Toolbox will start (this sounds like a funny implementation by Apple).

  8. Xan says:

    Still uses a massive non-standard icon for the Ubuntu taskbar, breaking the whole bottom bar on Budgie based installs. Very lame.

  9. Sean Lin says:

    Firefox addon link is broken

  10. Lang says:

    Hi, Since the last update, (1.5.2871) the application do not refresh the Project’s list automatically nor when it is focused. I use some NFS mounted dirs w/ projects and I have to restart the Toolbox every time after I mounted that directory. (Debian GNU/Linux 9.2 (stretch)/GNOME 64bit)

    Previous versions of Toolbox refreshed the list when I refocused the app. But the applications design is gorgeous, keep it up.

  11. Adam says:

    Your products are pretty decent, they look better in a sea of sewage but is certainly not crap.

    Even Kotlin is interesting and maybe in a decade or so it will be top dog!

    My issue is the problem with Kaspersky and how they are controlled.

    Granted, IDE’s aren’t as critical as AV solutions but what assurances do we have that Jet Brains is not controlled by evil politicians in the country you operate, one of the most corrupt and evil countries in the world?

    This is not a troll but a serious inquiry. Why should we trust you inside our firewalls and being able to access source code worth collectively trillions?

    • Eugene Toporov says:

      Hi Adam,

      First of all, thank you for good words about our products.

      We believe that companies or individuals should not be automatically associated with or judged by the politics of the country they live in. Regardless of the country. In essence of your questions here’s what we’ve got to say:

      As well as most IT companies operating internationally (Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Intel included) JetBrains has offices in many countries including Russia. Our headquarters are in the Czech Republic though.

      JetBrains has been on the market for over 17 years. And among the thousands of our customers actively using our products, there are many companies as well as government organizations that have very strict data protection policies and security departments.

      In addition, a foundation for bigger part of our software is open source.

      Best regards,
      Eugene Toporov
      VP of Marketing

      • Biff Webster says:

        You are incorporated in the Czech Republic but your headquarters are in Saint Petersburg and the vast majority of your staff is there and Russian(which of course is not an automatic indictment-I know lots of awesome Russians). It does however, show an extreme vulnerability.

        You misrepresenting easily verifiable facts is not a plus for you. It is the exact opposite. I don’t know if you are watching Trump crash and burn, but it is lies that often bring down individuals and companies.

        You are vulnerable to takeover by the Russian government and your good quality products are in some of the biggest tech companies in the world and therefore are a potential significant threat. Look at your list of companies that use your products and imagine what Putin could do with that…

  12. Loving the v1.5. UI looks sharp happy with bugs like blank window to have gone. Would have appreciated if accessing changelog would have been bit easier but overall I LOVE Toolbox App.

    • Eugene Toporov says:

      Thank you!
      About the changelog access… Do you mean Toolbox App changelog or the changelogs of tools you install using the Toolbox App?

  13. J says:

    I am running this on a xps13 with the hdpi screen. Is there a way to adjust scaling for the toolbox app?

    • Victor Kropp says:

      Toolbox tries to adjust its window to screen resolution automatically. What OS do you use and what scaling factor is set in OS settings?

  14. y2kbug says:


    It is a blank window. I am using Ubuntu-Budgie 18.04.
    I have tried the no-sandbox fix but it does not work.

  15. Daksho says:

    I just love the v1.5. Its UI looks nice and sharp and happy that bugs like blank window have gone

  16. Lovely Sidhu says:

    Loving the v1.5. UI looks sharp happy with bugs like blank window to have gone. Would have appreciated if accessing changelog would have been bit easier but overall I LOVE Toolbox App.

  17. Zayn says:

    V 1.5 ui is really good it’s easy to use looks good overall keep up doing the great work and thanks for fixing blank window bug

  18. Brad Wellman says:

    Hi, do you have a Linux download link to Toolbox App 1.4 at all?

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