Toolbox App 1.11: What’s New.

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Ever since Toolbox App 1.0 first came about back in October 2016, more and more of our customers are finding that using it makes it even easier for them to access their projects across JetBrains IDEs and update all their IDEs to the newest versions (including EAPs). We want to thank you for supporting and encouraging us to make Toolbox App even better.
Based on your feedback we developed and launched the following features in our previous releases:

  • Auto-update for Toolbox App is now enabled by default
  • Toolbox App can update manually installed IDEs on all OS
  • Option to disable instant rollbacks

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  • Command-line launchers (Shell scripts) for installed IDEs

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And now we have better integration into all the different OS

  • Linux: Toolbox App detects IDEs which were manually installed.
  • Windows: run the IDEs as Administrator, IDE shortcuts in the Taskbar and on the Desktop are updated automatically.
  • macOS: fixed the bug where docked icons were broken after an upgrade (Dock restart was required after each update).

 

What’s new in Toolbox 1.11

Well, it’s now time for something new. We understand how important it is for you to see the release notes before installing the version updates. Please find the What’s New in the new 1.11 Toolbox App release. Review the release notes before you update right inside the app as soon as a new version update becomes available.

Updated UI

We have also updated the Settings UI by removing the “apply” button. All changes are now applied immediately.

This release comes with the usual batch of bug fixes as well. The most noticeable of which is that Gradle support now works correctly in IntelliJ IDEA when started from Toolbox App on Windows. See the full list of release notes.

We love your feedback and will continue improving Toolbox App to make it more reliable for you. Follow us on Twitter to get the latest up-to-date news and useful tips.

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35 Responses to Toolbox App 1.11: What’s New.

  1. Andrew says:

    August 23, 2018

    Current setup: JetBrains ToolBox version 1.10.4088 and Rider 2018.1.4 on macOS 10.12.6
    When I start JetBrains ToolBox this happens:
    1. The toolbox starts downloading JetBrains ToolBox version 1.11.4231
    2. once downloaded, it tries to install the package but it will error out couple seconds later with this message: Update failed: Failed to extract package. Failed to mount .dmg.
    3. after a few seconds, the toolbox will start downloading Rider 2018.2
    4. once downloaded, it tries to upgrade Rider but it will error out couple seconds later: Failed to extract package. Failed to mount. dmg. (note, no “Update failed” this time)
    5. after a while, the toolbox will start downloading Rider 2018.2 again and fail

    I have to quit the toolbox or it will continue the cycle.

    Is this just me or someone out there experiencing the same thing?

    • Andrew says:

      August 24, 2018

      I manually downloaded/installed JetBrains ToolBox 1.11.4231 yesterday and the problem persisted.
      However, this problem has been fixed this morning.
      Good work, thanks.

    • Andrew says:

      August 30, 2018

      Similar behavior is happening to DataGrip: I can’t install DataGrip (any version) using the ToolBox.
      I then manually downloaded and installed DataGrip. The ToolBox automatically detected the manually installed IDE and shows a “Update” button next to DataGrip.
      Clicking on “Update” results in the same error I described earlier.
      Please fix the bug for DataGrip as well.

      • Andrew says:

        August 31, 2018

        Just saw JetBrains ToolBox version 1.11.4269. Auto update failed, manually downloaded/installed the ToolBox.
        Immediately tried updating manually installed DataGrip 2018.2.2, failed again with the same error.

  2. Crystal says:

    August 24, 2018

    I have to quit the toolbox or it will continue the cycle.

    Is this just me or someone out there experiencing the same thing?

  3. Mark says:

    August 25, 2018

    ToolBox is a really great way to manage all of my IDE installations but with this release I miss the ability to see the current installed version and build numbers when an update is available (because the “What’s new in …” link replaces the installed version number label and its tooltip). Would be great to see this information return somewhere in a future release.

  4. Mike says:

    August 25, 2018

    Does Toolbox support Android Studio as well?

  5. Sanne says:

    August 25, 2018

    Current setup: JetBrains ToolBox version 1.10.4088 and Rider 2018.1.4 on macOS 10.12.6 When I start JetBrains ToolBox this happens: 1. The toolbox starts downloading JetBrains ToolBox version 1.11.4231 2. once downloaded, it tries to install the package but it will error out couple seconds later with this message: Update failed: Failed to extract package. Failed to mount .dmg. 3. after a few seconds, the toolbox will start downloading Rider 2018.2 4. once downloaded, it tries to upgrade Rider but it will error out couple seconds later: Failed to extract package. Failed to mount. dmg. (note, no “Update failed this time) 5. after a while, the toolbox will start downloading Rider 2018.2 again and fail I have to quit the toolbox or it will continue the cycle. Is this just me or someone out there experiencing the same thing?

  6. David Taylor says:

    August 26, 2018

    Just updated to 1.11.4231 on Windows 7 hoping for a fix to the longstanding gradle “std handle” issue in IDEA. Things just went from bad to worse. Now the toolbox popup window won’t close unless I exit toolbox.

    While we appreciate the new toolbox features, recent toolbox updates have been a disaster.

  7. Luiz says:

    August 27, 2018

    The command line scripts still don’t work….

    You should be using /usr/bin/open -a applicationPath

    Otherwise your generated scripts wont properly open the app from a console.

  8. Arthur J. says:

    August 28, 2018

    Hello, I have two issues with Toolbox on Windows.
    1/ Since v1.11 (or even 1.10 I’m not sure), Toolbox steals focus until it is quit: so you can’t start an IDE update and put Toolbox in the background
    2/ When upgrading an IDE through Toolbox the configuration in “idea.properties” and “${IDE_NAME}[64].exe.vmoptions” are not kept in the new update, you manually have to copy each file at each ide update

    Do I need to make two tickets on YouTrack for these issues ?

  9. Ed says:

    October 3, 2018

    Silly question but how do I close the app? There doesn’t seem to be any way to exit apart from killing the app via Task Manager. Neither does it seem possible to minimize the app unless I am missing something…

  10. Chris says:

    October 15, 2018

    every when i click the “Change proxy settings”, the jetbrains toolbox app crashed.
    And we cannot update the idea behind the proxy.
    Win 7 64 professional

    • Chris says:

      October 15, 2018

      the version is 1.11.4269

  11. Viola Coulter says:

    April 19, 2019

    When I found that Toolbox now had a “Generate shell scripts” setting, I turned it on. On the “Shell scripts location” I clicked “Select”. At that point, whatever directory I choose in Finder, then the Toolbox settings just close (I can’t tell that anything happened). I’ve tried this multiple times with the same result, including after resetting my computer.
    In the meantime, I apparently don’t have any command-line launchers; I’m making do without them.
    In case it matters, my computer is running macOS Mojave 10.14.4.
    Thanks for any hints at getting command-line launchers back.

    • Wilson Silva says:

      May 11, 2019

      This is still happening.

    • Victor Kropp says:

      May 14, 2019

      Sorry for the inconvenience, please enter the path to the directory manually. The bug will be fixed in the upcoming 1.15 release.

      • Viola Coulter says:

        May 14, 2019

        Thanks, that works, and now my command-line launchers are back!

      • zzb says:

        December 16, 2019

        Still not working on Linux. v1.16

    • Yuki Dvir says:

      May 5, 2020

      I’ve put the desired location in the box, but still no launcher is created and my previous one still points to the old app.
      After removing the old launcher, nothing happens.
      After setting “remove old installs” still nothing happens and I’m getting two apps at the same time…
      Did you try the toolbox app when updating software? totally useless for me now.

      • Yuki Dvir says:

        May 5, 2020

        OK, I now found out a new setting “Shell script name”… so the names were changed obviously..
        May I suggest to put this setting in one place, or simply link them together on the interface. Now a user needs to go to 2 places to modify name and location.

  12. Max says:

    April 27, 2019

    Hi is not possible to open a project from the command line I usually use the command

    pstorm .

    but I receive an error:

    The file /Users/user/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/Toolbox/apps/PhpStorm/ch-0/183.4588.67/PhpStorm.app does not exist.

    I tried to configure Command-line launchers (Shell scripts) inside the Tool App but it doesn’t work.

    Any suggestions?

    • Victor Kropp says:

      May 14, 2019

      Toolbox App generates `phpstorm` shell script.
      Please check that you don’t have file with the same name in the selected directory.
      If there are multiple versions of PhpStorm installed please select different shell script filenames for them.
      To force regenerate these scripts you may want to quickly disable and reenable them in Settings.
      Some of this restrictions will be lifted in the upcoming 1.15 release.

  13. Anmol Nagpal says:

    May 8, 2019

    Hi, I’m not able to open any project using command line.

    idea . is not working any more. I’m trying to create new using toolbox app but didn’t work.

    Any Suggestions?

    • Victor Kropp says:

      May 14, 2019

      Please check that you don’t have file with the same name in the selected directory.
      If there are multiple versions of IntelliJ IDEA installed please select different shell script filenames for them.
      To force regenerate these scripts you may want to quickly disable and reenable them in Settings.
      Some of this restrictions will be lifted in the upcoming 1.15 release.

      • Ge Yang says:

        August 19, 2019

        disable and reenable does not work. The default for the script location is empty. After reselecting the /usr/local/bin folder the symlink still does not exist.

        Please fix this.

      • Konstantin says:

        January 4, 2020

        Today is 2020, and its not fixed yet 🙁

        Not possible to generate symlink, and this is pain, i want to launch rider as external editor from another tool.

        Tools -> Create Command line launcher also not work, because:
        “Launcher script creation is now managed in Toolbox App settings. See the Toolbox App announcement for more details.”

  14. Jason Zaugg says:

    June 17, 2019

    It seems the launcher installed by toolbox does not support `idea diff` or `idea merge` as documented https://www.jetbrains.com/help/idea/command-line-differences-viewer.html

    Is this a known issue?

    • Jay Carr says:

      September 18, 2019

      People have been complaining about this FOR YEARS now and nothing has been done. The only solution I’m aware of is to stop using ToolBox so that you can generate the scripts from the IDE.

  15. Ross says:

    October 26, 2019

    This issue with command line launcher is making me consider switching to VScode. I have more important things to do than do backflips you make your stupid toolbox app generate the symlinks. The generate shell script INSIDE the webstorm WORKED FINE. WHY did you need to change this to be bug-prone?

  16. Chis says:

    November 26, 2019

    installed manually and have been having an issue with creating a ‘desktop entry’ fro android studio

  17. Dmitry Kandalov says:

    May 20, 2020

    Just installed IntelliJ from Toolbox on a new mac. No command line launcher. Shell script location is empty in Toolbox settings but changing it doesn’t seem to do anything. And of course I can’t anymore install the tools from IDE -> Tools -> Create command line launcher.

    Given all these problems not being fixed for years, it would be great to consider removing this functionality from Toolbox or at least letting people install launcher from IDE.