How To Install IntelliJ IDEA on Pop!_OS 22.04

As a software developer, you must ensure a complete development environment for your projects where you absolutely cannot compromise on quality. IntelliJ IDEA is a Java-based IDE created by Jetbrains to aid in software development that is best for you. It is a popular IDE among Java developers for developing Android, Scala, Groovy, Kotlin, and Java programs. This IDE is included in all three versions of Apache 2: commercial (ultimate) edition, educational edition, and community Edition. The community edition is open-source and free, while the users must pay for the ultimate edition, which has some additional features. So, in this tutorial, we will explain several ways to install IntelliJ IDE on Pop!_OS, an Ubuntu-based distro.

How To Install IntelliJ IDEA on Pop!_OS 22.04

IntelliJ IDEA comes with Java Runtime Environment, so having Java in your Pop!_OS is unnecessary to run this IDE. Nevertheless, having the Oracle JDK is highly recommended for development purposes.

The GUI Approach

This method is most recommended for installing IntelliJ IDEA, which you can easily install any version of it from the Pop!_Shop. You have to go to the Pop!_Shop and search for IntelliJ IDEA, which will show you the possible results:

You can now install your preferred version and then click the install button:

Using PPA Repository

Run the following command to update the system packages before installing IntelliJ using PPA:

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade

Now, you can run the following command to install the software package:

sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https -y

By default, IntelliJ IDEA is not available on Pop!_OS 22.04. For this, add the PPA repository by Marcel Kapfer using the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mmk2410/intellij-idea -y

Once the repository is enabled, update your system again.

sudo apt update

You can install the latest IntelliJ Idea version with the following command:

sudo apt install intellij-idea-community

Using Snap Package

First, update your system through the following command:

sudo apt update

If you do not already have Snap installed in your system, proceed with installing it using the following command:

sudo apt install snapd

You can install any type (community, ultimate, or educational) of IntelliJ IDEA on your Pop!_OS with the help of Snap. Since the community edition is open-source and free, we will install it here with the help of the following command:

sudo snap install intellij-idea-community --classic

Run the following commands to download IntelliJ IDEA’s educational and ultimate versions:

Thus, you can successfully install any edition of IntelliJ IDEA in your Pop!_OS via Snap.

Using Flatpak Package

Like Snap, Flatpak is a universal packaging system supported by many major Linux distributions. Your system must have Flatpak, but you can install it with the following command:

sudo apt install flatpak

Now, the Flathub repository must be added with the Flatpak package. For this, enable the Flathub repository with the following command:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

When you run the following command, it will ask for your authentication password. After entering that and going ahead, you will need to visit the Flathub website and download the flatpakref installer files by clicking the install button.

These downloaded files will be in your download folder, and you can switch to the download folder using the following cd command:

cd ~/Downloads

The following command will install IntelliJ IDEA for you:

sudo flatpak install com.jetbrains.IntelliJ-IDEA-Community.flatpakref -y

The previous command is for the community edition. In this way, you can install other editions by following the same procedure:

Launch the IntelliJ IDEA on Pop!_OS

Search for ‘IntelliJ IDEA’ in the Applications menu and open it by double-clicking it.

Be sure to accept the license agreement after launching IntelliJ IDEA in Pop!_OS. Then choose to wait to send in the next window, or IntelliJ IDEA will start.

This way, you can start your work by selecting a new project on the IntelliJ IDEA.


This article explains how you can install IntelliJ IDEA on Pop!_OS using all the possible methods. The GUI method is recommended because you can install it in your operating system in just a few steps. Apart from this, you can install IntelliJ IDEA in your Pop!_OS by Snap, Flatpak, or required packages, all the methods we have explained. With this article’s help, you can successfully install it in your Pop!_OS.

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Prateek Jangid

A passionate Linux user for personal and professional reasons, always exploring what is new in the world of Linux and sharing with my readers.