IntelliJ IDE

This page explains how to setup the IntelliJ IDE ultimate edition.

All the settings that follows will be apply globally.


IntelliJ requires a Java JDK to work, see Java JDK setup.


Get binaries

Download IDEA IntelliJ from the official website:

Take the IntelliJ Ultimate Edition version.


  • Download the IdeaU-xxx.tar.gz' package
  • Copy the package into your dev directory
  • Launch the application
tar -xzvf IdeaU-xxx.tar.gz
cd Idea-IU-xxx/bin
./ &

First launch configuration

During first launch you'll be ask a bunch of questions. The first are easy, then you'll to configure your environment. Here are my settings:

Tune your IDEA

IntelliJ tune IDEA

Global points:

  • Build tools  : enable ALL
  • Cloud  : only if required
  • Swing  : DISABLE
  • Android  : only if required
  • Plugin development : DISABLE

Java Frameworks

IntelliJ Java Frameworks

  • J2EE
  • Hibernate
  • Grails
  • GWT
  • Spring
  • AspectJ

Web development

IntelliJ Web Frameworks

All but:

  • HAML
  • Flash/Flex

Version control

IntelliJ version controls

At least enable:

  • GitHub
  • Subversion
  • Git

Test tools

IntelliJ test tools

  • jUnit
  • TestNG-j
  • Coverage

Application servers

IntelliJ Application Servers

  • Application servers view
  • jBoss
  • Tomcat and TomEE
  • Glassfish
  • JSR45 (=== JSPs)

Featured plugins

IntelliJ Featured Plugins

If you want to do some web development, then you should really install nodeJs and Live Edit Tool!


You can access the configuration from the launcher screen: Configuration → Settings.


IDE settings

Settings → Editor → General

  • Change font size (Zoom) with Ctrl+mouse wheel
IntelliJ general settings

Settings → Editor → Appearance

  • Show line numbers
  • Show breadcumbs for XML files
IntelliJ Appearance settings

Settings → Editor → Editor tabs

  • Mark modified tabs with aterisk
IntelliJ editor tabs settings


Settings → Editor → Auto import

  • Enable: Optimize import on the fly
  • Enable: Add unambiguous imports on the fly

IntelliJ import settings

Maven settings

Settings → Build, Execution, Deployment → Maven

  • Force check of snapshots
  • Set Maven home directory
  • Set Maven settings file

IntelliJ maven settings

Settings → Build, Execution, Deployment → Maven → Importing

  • Import Maven projects automatically
  • Create module groups for multi-module Maven projects
  • Download sources and documentation (optional)

IntelliJ maven import settings

Gradle settings

Settings → Build, Execution, Deployment → Gradle

  • Set the service directory path

IntelliJ gradle settings

Application servers

Adjust your Application Servers path and settings.


0. Download Tomcat from the official website:

1. Enable tomcat plugin

  • Settings → Plugins
  • Search for tomcat
  • Enable the plugin

IntelliJ tomcat setup 00

2. Register server

  • Settings → Build, Execution, Deployment → Application servers
  • Click on the '+'
  • Add a new Tomcat Server

IntelliJ tomcat setup 01

  • Fill up the form
  • The new server should appears

IntelliJ tomcat setup 02

Languages & frameworks

Set your JavaFX scene builder home.

As a reminder, you can download scene builder from Oracle:

3rd party Plugins

Plugins list

You should manually install the following plugins:

  • Code quality (inspection)
    • CodeMetrics : to know the cyclomatic complexity of each method. A must have
    • SonarLint + SonarQube Community plugin : to see the alerts inside IntelliJ
    • Code smell detector : to have alerts about bad / suspicious practices
    • Checkstyle-IDEA : to have the Checkstyle rules
    • Findbugs-IDEA : to have the FindBugs rules
    • PMDPlugin : to have the PMD rules
  • Utilities
    • Maven helper : to view the maven dependencies graph
    • PlanUML: for UML diagrams (sequences, states, use-cases, etc.)
  • Being efficient
    • Rainbow brackets
    • Lombok
    • Key promoter X
    • Save actions
    • Alibaba Java Coding Guidelines

See Alibaba coding guidelines:


Some plugins must be enabled.

  • Go to File > Settings > Other settings
    • Checkstyle
      • Set scan scope to "Only java sources (including tests)"
      • Enable the "Google checks"
    • FindBugs-IDEA
      • Add plugins: "fb-contrib plugin" + "Find Security Bugs"
    • SonarLint General Settings
      • Register sonarQube server. (i) to generate a Token go to "SonarQube" > login > My account > security
    • SonarLint Project settings
      • Select the new server
      • Select the SonarQube project
    • SonarQube
      • Add Sonar server