Help with installation

Is there any way to control where idea puts the system files? I used to be able to point it to a specific directory that was not tied to a profile. Then when installing a new version I could also indicate the directory to import settings from.

I work at a company that locks down the computers in an extreme way. I have an admin account that is only used for installing programs and doing other admin stuff. My regular account is used for running the programs. The problem I am having is that when I install a new version with the admin account, none of the settings are imported because the program was used with another profile (using Windows XP). Since I can't install and run the program with the same profile, how can I ensure the app picks up the settings (plugins, etc.) I want (which are in another profile). Hope this is not too confusing.

Seems to me if I could control the location of the system directory and decouple it from a user profile, I could get what I need.

Thanks for any help.


--Melody

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Hello melody,

You can edit the file idea.properties inside the IntelliJ IDEA installation
directory and specify custom paths to config and system files in the idea.config.path
and idea.system.path variables.

Is there any way to control where idea puts the system files? I used
to be able to point it to a specific directory that was not tied to a
profile. Then when installing a new version I could also indicate the
directory to import settings from.

I work at a company that locks down the computers in an extreme way. I
have an admin account that is only used for installing programs and
doing other admin stuff. My regular account is used for running the
programs. The problem I am having is that when I install a new version
with the admin account

, none of the settings are imported because the program was used with
another profile (using Windows XP). Since I can't install and run the
program with the same profile, how can I ensure the app picks up the
settings (plugins, etc.) I want (which are in another profile). Hope
this is not too confus

ing.

Seems to me if I could control the location of the system directory
and decouple it from a user profile, I could get what I need.

Thanks for any help.

--Melody

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Go to <idea-install-dir>/bin/idea.properties. In it are three properties you will want to set:

  • idea.config.path
  • idea.system.path
  • idea.plugins.path


By default, all three are set to use a user profile subdirectory. Just change them to what you want.

Just be aware, that depending on how you do your upgrades, that file may get overridden and return to the defaults when upgrading.

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Great! Thanks Mark!

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