Install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu with Snaps

Exciting news for Ubuntu users: you can now use snaps to install IntelliJ IDEA EAP builds, including both community and ultimate editions.

Snaps will update your app automatically, and you’ll always have a fresh IntelliJ IDEA build right out of the oven. Snaps are really easy to install and use. On Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or later, snaps come pre-installed.

We currently distribute IntelliJ IDEA EAP Community and IntelliJ IDEA EAP Ultimate from the Edge channel where we store our EAP builds. To install IntelliJ IDEA Community via Snaps from the command-line, use the following command:

Install IntelliJ IDEA Community:

$sudo snap install intellij-idea-community --classic --edge

To install IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate, use:

$sudo snap install intellij-idea-ultimate --classic --edge

To run your edition, use one of these snap commands:

Run IntelliJ IDEA EAP Community edition: $intellij-idea-community

Run IntelliJ IDEA EAP Ultimate edition: $intellij-idea-ultimate

Interested? Learn more about snaps here.

We would like to know what you think about snaps. Should we utilize snaps for our upcoming release as well? Add your comments here or tweet @intellijidea. You feedback is welcome!

 

About Zlata Kalyuzhnaya

IntelliJ IDEA Marketing Manager at JetBrains.
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19 Responses to Install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu with Snaps

  1. Riccardo Cossu says:

    Cool, will it be extended to regular releases as well? (although I see there’s less need for frequent updates there)

  2. Serandel says:

    Would that replace Toolbox in the future?

  3. Mark T Kennedy says:

    fedora, please?

  4. Vladimir Korenev says:

    I am using intellij-idea-ultimate snap from the stable channel. A couple of days ago IDEA started notifying me that an update is available, but the snap has not been updated yet. Also, the intellij-idea-ultimate snap is missing a .desktop file (intellij-idea-community snap has it).

    • Zlata Kalyuzhnaya says:

      Hi Vladimir,
      The snap is experimental method. As for now, we officially distribute only IntelliJ IDEA 2017.3 EAP in the Edge channel.

  5. Uriel Castro says:

    Of course you should use snaps for the upcoming release.

  6. Dmitry says:

    Its great, thank you!

  7. DarkLite1 says:

    Snaps are the way forward. Thanks for making this possible!

  8. atopos says:

    Whenever I can, I search for an available snap instead of traditional packages. So this is great news!

  9. DarkLite1 says:

    In Fedora I had to make a symlink first for your snap package:
    sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap

    I think normally the source should be located under /var/lib/snapd/snap instead of /snap. Also, I can’t seem to be able to launch the application. The icon shortcut is available in Fedora but clicking it does nothing.

  10. Olema says:

    It looks as if you’re not keeping the snaps on the same cadence as your releases, though. I installed 2017.2.5 with the intellij-idea-ultimate snap, and I’m now getting notifications from within the app that a new version is available, but the snap still reports that it is up to date.

    • Zlata Kalyuzhnaya says:

      Hi Olema. Officially we distribute only IntelliJ IDEA 2017.3.
      And starting from today we distribute for both channels: Edge and Stable

  11. Matteo Iervasi says:

    This is cool. Will you also package CLion and other JetBrains tools?

    • Zlata Kalyuzhnaya says:

      Hi Matteo, Clion is now available in the Edge channel:
      sudo snap install clion –classic –edge

    • Zlata Kalyuzhnaya says:

      Currently we distribute: IntelliJ IDEA Community, IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate, WebStorm, PhpStorm, RubyMine, Goland, Clion, PyCharm Community, PyCharm Professional, PyCharmEdu

  12. Alex says:

    It would be nice if you provided the Toolbox, too, in the form of snap. And already from under Toolbox it would be possible to install other programs.
    I’m now trying to package 2 projects in a snap, but I do not represent how it will be work from the Toolbox)

    But it’s a good idea to provide all your projects as snap.
    p.s. use CLion)

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