Import Settings from Community Edition into Professional Edition


I just upgraded to IntelliJ IDEA 13 Professional Edition and would like to import my settings from IDEA 12 Community Edition. When launching IDEA 13, it asks me to import my settings but I can't figure out how to tell it to import the settings from IDEA 12 CE. Is it possible and if yes, how?



Thank, I tried that again and it did work. I'm running OS X and I had to select the path ~/Library/Preferences/IdeaIC13/ while importing settings. For some reason it didn't work last time I tried, telling me that the selected forder was not a valid installation home.


Just installed Ultimate edition

IntelliJ IDEA 2017.3 (Ultimate Edition)
Build #IU-173.3727.127, built on November 27, 2017
JRE: 1.8.0_152-release-1024-b6 x86_64
JVM: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o
Mac OS X 10.12.6

Exported settings.jar from Community Edition to default path:


No issues importing jar into Ultimate.


I think by pointing to the root of the installation folder of CE. Other option is to use your intellij community account and Setttings/Server  plugin,


Ran into the same issue @Michael Schwarz

It seems that the dialog cannot resolve '~' as the home directory. I got this to work by expanding '~' into the full directory path, so:

~/Library/Preferences/IdealC13/    => /Users/mcamden/Library/Preferences/IdealC13/


I just got my IntelliJ professional edition and immediately ran into this issue. Neither the expanded or non-expanded home folder works for me on MacOS, I keep getting this dialog:
I cannot believe the original issue is from 2013.


A colleague told me about this and it worked for me. The message in the dialogue above is misleading, but the issue is definitely not as serious as if there had been no way to transfer the settings. I'd recommend the JetBrains team to just fix the error message to instruct the user to export the settings if that is a necessary step.


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