A Chef cookbook to install and configure IntelliJ IDEA
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idea Cookbook

This cookbook will install the community or ultimate edition of IntelliJ IDEA.

The default recipe will:

  • Download the Community Edition of the IDE from JetBrains' website
  • Extract the archive
  • Configure the JVM options used to start the IDE


  • Depends on opscode/java cookbook


  • node['idea']['setup_dir'] - Target directory for installation. This cookbook does not create setup_dir if it does not exist.
  • node['idea']['user'] - user owner of the installation.
  • node['idea']['group'] - group owner of the installation (default to the same value as user if not specified).
  • node['idea']['edition'] - Target edition of IntelliJ IDEA to install. Defaults to C for Community edition. Other acceptable value: U for Ultimate.
  • node['idea']['version'] - the version of IntelliJ IDEA to install (default: 2016.2.3).
  • node['idea']['url'] - Download URL for IntelliJ IDEA (default: https://download-cf.jetbrains.com/idea/ideaI#{edition}-#{version}.tar.gz).
  • node['idea']['ide_dir'] - the name of the IDEA folder (default: ideaI{edition}-{version}, e.g. if you install the default version of the Community Edition: ideaIC-14.1.4).
  • node['idea']['64bits']['Xmx'] - specify the value of -Xmx in the 64bits configuration file (default: 2048m).
  • node['idea']['64bits']['Xms'] - specify the value of -Xms in the 64bits configuration file (default: 2048m).



Include recipe[idea::default] in your run_list and override the defaults you want changed.

Note: the recipe will not do anything if node['idea']['setup_dir'] already contains the chosen version of IntelliJ IDEA.


Pull requests are very welcome!

License and Authors

Author:: Vincent Theron (vptheron)

Contributors:: https://github.com/vptheron/chef-idea/contributors

Copyright:: 2014, Vincent Theron

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at


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