How to start IDE from the command line

Below are given the examples on how to start IDE from the command line on different OS. You should substitute the product name and version/build number in path according to your installation.

- Windows

- macOS

- Linux


cd "C:\Program Files\JetBrains\IntelliJ IDEA 2020.1\bin"


If you use Toolbox:

cd "%LOCALAPPDATA%\JetBrains\Toolbox\apps\IDEA-U\ch-2\201.4865.12\bin"


To get additional debug logging for troubleshooting launcher issues, set the environment variable before starting the IDE:



cd /Applications


If you use Toolbox:

cd /Users/<username>/Library/Application\ Support/JetBrains/Toolbox/apps/IDEA-U/ch-1/201.4865.12
./IntelliJ\ IDEA\


Change directory to “bin” under the IDE installation path and run:



If you use Toolbox:

cd ~/.local/share/JetBrains/Toolbox/apps/IDEA-U/ch-2/201.4865.12
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'.\idea.bat' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

what should I do .😫

windows 10-2004

PyCharm Community Edition 2020.1.2 x64


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