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Open a project in IntelliJ IDEA from your command line!
#!/bin/sh
# check for where the latest version of IDEA is installed
IDEA=`ls -1d /Applications/IntelliJ\ * | tail -n1`
wd=`pwd`
# were we given a directory?
if [ -d "$1" ]; then
# echo "checking for things in the working dir given"
wd=`ls -1d "$1" | head -n1`
fi
# were we given a file?
if [ -f "$1" ]; then
# echo "opening '$1'"
open -a "$IDEA" "$1"
else
# let's check for stuff in our working directory.
pushd $wd > /dev/null
# does our working dir have an .idea directory?
if [ -d ".idea" ]; then
# echo "opening via the .idea dir"
open -a "$IDEA" .
# is there an IDEA project file?
elif [ -f *.ipr ]; then
# echo "opening via the project file"
open -a "$IDEA" `ls -1d *.ipr | head -n1`
# Is there a pom.xml?
elif [ -f pom.xml ]; then
# echo "importing from pom"
open -a "$IDEA" "pom.xml"
# can't do anything smart; just open IDEA
else
# echo 'cbf'
open "$IDEA"
fi
popd > /dev/null
fi
@liufsd
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liufsd commented Dec 10, 2015

Great work.Thanks for sharing, this is very useful.

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ghost commented Jan 12, 2016

Super useful for Alfred. Thanks for sharing!

@themartorana
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themartorana commented May 2, 2016

I'll add my thanks to the chorus - works perfectly!

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AfzalivE commented May 30, 2016

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berkgaut commented Jun 14, 2016

Quite useful, thanks for sharing

@GuiSim
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GuiSim commented Oct 12, 2016

Does anyone have a fish function version?

Either way, thanks for sharing this!

@moos
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moos commented Nov 1, 2016

Nice! -- To open new a IntelliJ instance in a virgin folder:

$ mkdir .idea
$ idea .

@mkhb654
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mkhb654 commented Nov 2, 2016

Fantastic work. Thanks guys

@tientq
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tientq commented Dec 19, 2016

Setup

curl -L "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/chrisdarroch/7018927/raw/9a6d663fd7a52aa76a943fe8a9bc6091ad06b18d/idea" -o /usr/local/bin/idea
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/idea

usage: open terminal and navigate to your project

idea .

Tested on Mac OS X

Note: If you get a “Permission denied” error, your /usr/local/bin directory probably isn’t writable and you’ll need to install script as the superuser. Run sudo -i, then the two commands above, then exit.

@gvrayden
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gvrayden commented Dec 27, 2016

Thanks, worked well. 👍

@a-yasui
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a-yasui commented Jan 5, 2017

Thanks, Great work 👍

@gitleet
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gitleet commented Jan 24, 2017

Nice!

@SButterfly
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SButterfly commented Feb 1, 2017

Guys, jetbrains products already support open projects from command line: http://stackoverflow.com/a/9174446/1611015

@zEvg
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zEvg commented Feb 22, 2017

@SButterfly, thanks for pointing that out! 👍

@tgvdinesh
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tgvdinesh commented Mar 4, 2017

@tientq Thanks for making it simple.

@DaddyMoe
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DaddyMoe commented Mar 15, 2017

Worked like a charm on OS X 10.11.6. Thank you

@fens85
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fens85 commented Mar 27, 2017

thanks! 👍

@luyiisme
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luyiisme commented Apr 12, 2017

cool!

@namral
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namral commented May 5, 2017

Works great ! Thank you 👍

@Laffs2k5
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Laffs2k5 commented May 11, 2017

Thank you for this!
Inspired by your logic I've created a powershell cmdlet to help windows users do the same:
https://github.com/Laffs2k5/powershell_various/blob/master/Open-DirectoryAsIdeaProject.ps1

@yoqu
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yoqu commented Jun 26, 2017

good job.
Thank you

@mfkenson
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mfkenson commented Jul 6, 2017

nice! thanks!

@zerda
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zerda commented Jan 26, 2018

Alternative way, IntelliJ IDEA -> Tools -> Create Command-line Launcher...

@gufertum
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gufertum commented Jul 18, 2018

👍

@andrzejsliwa
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andrzejsliwa commented Jul 24, 2018

to use it with Jetbrains TOOLBOX you need to modify 4th line:

IDEA=`ls -1d /Applications/JetBrains\ TOOLBOX/apps/IDEA-U/*/*/IntelliJ\ IDEA.app | tail -n1`

@dotCipher
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dotCipher commented Jul 26, 2018

This is great!

I improved it a bit with some logic that will dynamically pick the either intellij installation found (non-toolbox or toolbox installed) app, check it out here:
https://gist.github.com/dotCipher/9c5f7647bda088fde5dc561cc121b0a5

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vjpr commented Dec 15, 2018

This function doesn't return the latest version.

183.4886.12
183.4886.3 <-- returns this one

I had to sort by modified date using ls -tr.


I use this:

export JETBRAINS_TOOLBOX_ROOT="${HOME}/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/Toolbox/apps"

# product = IDEA-U, CLion, etc.
# bin = idea, clion, etc.
jetbrainsToolboxPath() {
  product=$1
  bin=$2
  # -tr = sort by last update in reverse
  ret=`ls -tr -1d "${JETBRAINS_TOOLBOX_ROOT}"/$product/*/*/*.app/Contents/MacOS/$bin | tail -n1`
   # Escape string because it has spaces.
  echo $(printf '%q' $ret)
}

export LATEST_IDEA_VERSION_CLI=`jetbrainsToolboxPath IDEA-U idea`
export LATEST_CLION_VERSION_CLI=`jetbrainsToolboxPath Clion clion`
export LATEST_APPCODE_VERSION_CLI=`jetbrainsToolboxPath AppCode appcode`

@manisi
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manisi commented Sep 7, 2019

Setup

curl -L "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/chrisdarroch/7018927/raw/9a6d663fd7a52aa76a943fe8a9bc6091ad06b18d/idea" -o /usr/local/bin/idea
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/idea

usage: open terminal and navigate to your project

idea .

Tested on Mac OS X

Note: If you get a “Permission denied” error, your /usr/local/bin directory probably isn’t writable and you’ll need to install script as the superuser. Run sudo -i, then the two commands above, then exit.

Thank you

@kakulukia
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kakulukia commented Jun 19, 2020

thx!

@Merkur82
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Merkur82 commented Mar 10, 2021

Thx @cris

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