Directories used by the IDE to store settings, caches, plugins and logs

Location of the IDE files depends on the operating system, product and version.

Examples for IntelliJ IDEA 2020.3:


  • Configuration (idea.config.path): C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\JetBrains\IntelliJIdea2020.3
  • Plugins (idea.plugins.path): C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\JetBrains\IntelliJIdea2020.3\plugins
  • System (idea.system.path): C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\JetBrains\IntelliJIdea2020.3
  • Logs (idea.log.path): C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\JetBrains\IntelliJIdea2020.3\log


  • Configuration (idea.config.path): ~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/IntelliJIdea2020.3
  • Plugins (idea.plugins.path): ~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/IntelliJIdea2020.3/plugins
  • System (idea.system.path): ~/Library/Caches/JetBrains/IntelliJIdea2020.3
  • Logs (idea.log.path): ~/Library/Logs/JetBrains/IntelliJIdea2020.3


  • Configuration (idea.config.path): ~/.config/JetBrains/IntelliJIdea2020.3
  • Plugins (idea.plugins.path): ~/.local/share/JetBrains/IntelliJIdea2020.3
  • System (idea.system.path): ~/.cache/JetBrains/IntelliJIdea2020.3
  • Logs (idea.log.path): ~/.cache/JetBrains/IntelliJIdea2020.3/log


Should you need to change the defaults, refer to this document.


<product> would be one of the following:

  • IntelliJIdea (IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate Edition)
  • IdeaIC (IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition)
  • RubyMine
  • WebIde (PhpStorm versions before 2016.1 and WebStorm before 7.0 use this common directory)
  • PhpStorm (PhpStorm starting from 2016.1 version)
  • WebStorm (WebStorm starting from 7.0 version)
  • PyCharm
  • AppCode
  • CLion
  • DataGrip
  • AndroidStudio
  • Rider
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This document is outdated, settings for 2020.1 are now inside ~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/<productName><productVersion>

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Hi my intelij idea is not working I have a valid JDK and JRE installed and have a java_home variable the system variables and when I try open idea it says Failed to load jvm if you have a java installation please  define a JAVA_HOME variable. Pls help

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Remarkable.  A document titled "Directories used by ...."  that fails to list any directory locations.

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Adam Pycharm

I've updated the document with the examples. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for the feedback.


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