How to install Intellij Idea Ultimate on a Chromebook in 2024

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate on your Chromebook. IntelliJ IDEA is a powerful integrated development environment (IDE) primarily used for Java development, but it also supports a wide range of other programming languages. By following these steps, you'll be able to harness the full potential of this robust development tool on your Chromebook.

Compatibility Note

Before we begin, it's important to note that this tutorial is specifically designed for Chromebooks with Intel or AMD processors that support Linux Apps. Unfortunately, Chromebooks with ARM64 architecture CPUs are not compatible with this method. If you're unsure about your Chromebook's specifications, you can refer to our comprehensive lists of:

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, you can follow along with our video tutorial above. The video provides a step-by-step walkthrough of the installation process, complementing the written instructions below.

Installation Steps

Follow these steps to install IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate on your Chromebook:

  1. Update your package list:
    sudo apt update
  2. Install necessary dependencies:
    sudo apt install kmenuedit libnss3 default-jdk

    This command installs KMenuEdit (for creating application shortcuts), libnss3 (a required library), and the default Java Development Kit.

  3. Download the IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate package:

    This downloads the latest version of IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate. Always check the official IntelliJ IDEA website for the most recent version number.

  4. Extract the downloaded package:
    tar -xf ideaIU-2024.1.1.tar.gz
  5. Run the IntelliJ IDEA setup script:

    This will launch the IntelliJ IDEA setup wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

  6. Create a menu entry for easy access:

    This opens the KDE Menu Editor. Here, you can create a new menu entry for IntelliJ IDEA, making it easier to launch the application in the future.

Additional Resources

For more detailed information and step-by-step instructions, you can refer to our Google Doc used in the tutorial.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the installation process, consider the following tips:

  • Ensure your Chromebook's Linux environment is up to date by running sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade before starting the installation.
  • If you face permission issues, make sure you're using sudo when necessary.
  • In case of space constraints, you might need to free up some storage on your Chromebook or increase the allocated storage for Linux apps in your Chrome OS settings.


By following these steps, you should now have IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate installed on your Chromebook. This powerful IDE opens up a world of development possibilities, allowing you to work on complex Java projects and much more, all from your Chromebook. Remember to keep your IDE updated to benefit from the latest features and security improvements.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out through our YouTube comments section. We're here to help you make the most of your Chromebook's capabilities!

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