Collect Action System Debug Logs In IntelliJ IDEA


Some actions not working or working with delay. For example context menu does not appear. 

How to configure Debug logs to capture these events? 


1. Open Help | Diagnostic Tools | Debug Log Settings...

2. Add the  following line: 


3. Click OK

4. Reproduce the problem.

5. Log files can be found at:

  • From inside IntelliJ IDEA:
    • Help | Show Log in Explorer/Files/Navigator/Finder
    • Help | Collect Logs and Diagnostic Data
  • Manually (~ stands for the user home directory and XX for the number of the version):
    • Windows: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\JetBrains\IntelliJIDEAXXXX.Y\log
    • Linux: ~/.cache/JetBrains/PhpStormXXXX.Y/log
    • macOS: ~/Library/Logs/JetBrains/PhpStormXXXX.Y

More information about the directories used by IDEs can be found here. 

The latest log file is named idea.log, older files names end with a number, i.e. idea.log.1, idea.log.2, etc. In most cases, you need only the latest one.


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