Disappearing cursor


I am running RubyMine version 7.1.4.

I am having a problem where every couple hours or so my cursor disappears. I do not know specific steps to reproduce.

When it is happening and I click somewhere it highlights the line in yellow. I can't type anything in this state.

I have to either wait a long time for the cursor to return or completely restart the IDE (which takes too long but that's another issue).

I turned on power save mode and that didn't help.

Any suggestions?



what OS and jdk are you using?

Regards, Oleg.

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The issue should be resolved soon with a fix for the next issue.



I'm still running into this problem.  I'm on:

- Rubymine 8.0.2 (Build #RM-143.1184)
- Mac OS X 10.9.5
- JRE 1.8.0_40-release-b105 x86_64
- JVM OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o

I took a look in the logs and it looks like 'Too many events posted' seems to be thrown around the same time as the problem occurring.

I restart the app and it works again but it's an annoying problem to have.


That's unfortunate Rebecca.

The issue was resolved for me since switching to version 8.


I have the same issue in PHPStorm.

PHPStorm 10.0.3 Build #PS-143.1770

OSX 10.11.3

JRE 1.8.0_40-release-b119 x86_64

VM OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o


Also "To many events posted" in the logfile.



I am also having the same issue in PHP Storm:

Takes around 5 minutes to clear itself and give me back my cursor.

PhpStorm 2016.1.1
Build #PS-145.970, built on May 3, 2016
JRE: 1.8.0_76-release-b162 x86_64
JVM: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o


I'm having the same issue. The work I'm doing right now requires I do a lot of "Find in Path..." actions, and I'm running into this issue multiple times a day.


PhpStorm 2016.3.2
Build #PS-163.10504.2, built on December 20, 2016
JRE: 1.8.0_112-release-408-b6 x86_64
JVM: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o


Has anyone found a solution?


That appears to be a known problem, could you please check if the description is similar to yours:



If so please vote for it specifying what environment you have.


Having the same issue in Pycham editor. 

everytime i am closing the editor and opening 

any solution????


@Hemanth Davaleswarapu

at the moment there is no solution, please vote for the tickets I've mentioned before so that you'll be notified about any changes of their state.


this is an old post, so i believe i have all the FIXES.

however this problem occurrs to me all the time!!!


IntelliJ IDEA 2017.1.3
Build #IU-171.4424.56, built on May 12, 2017
Licensed to Dani Vainstein
Subscription is active until December 29, 2017
JRE: 1.8.0_112-release-736-b21 amd64
JVM: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o
Windows 7 6.1




It went away for me but.....


....with the latest version (of RubyMine) it has returned.


I have the same problem in WebStorm. Sometimes the caret can disappear when I switch between editor's tabs or on other events. I have to restart the app to get the caret back.


Same problem on:

OSX Sierra 10.12.5

IntelliJ 2017.2

Build #UI-172.3317.76, built on July 15 2017

JRE: 1.8.0_152-release-915-b5 x86_64

JVM: OpenJDK 64-bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o


I am having same problem. Please try to fix it.

Ubuntu 16.04

IntelliJ Ultimate 2017.2

Build #UI-172.3317.76, built on July 15 2017




This has happened to me about five times in the last two days. Need to restart to get the cursor back. Highly annoying.

  • RubyMine 2017.1.4
  • Build #RM-171.4694.21, built on June 1, 2017
  • JRE: 1.8.0_112-release-736-b21 x86_64
  • JVM: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o
  • Mac OS X 10.12.6

Happened to me again in PHPStorm after using the Find utility

  • PhpStorm 2017.1.3
  • Build #PS-171.4424.11, built on April 26, 2017
  • JRE: 1.8.0_112-release-736-b21 x86_64
  • JVM: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o
  • Mac OS X 10.12.6

Hoping someone can look into this


Same for me with latest Idea 2017.2.2 OS Windows 10 Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_144-b01).
Can it be fixed please?


have the same problem IntelliJ 2017.2.3 on Mac OS x 10.12.6

This has happened to me few times in the last few days


This used to happen to me every couple of months in Android Studio but now it is happening every couple of days.  It has got to be one the most annoying and most unforgivable problems I have ever seen.  How the f**k can you release an editor with a disappearing cursor?!  How is this good software?  A cursor is one of the most fundamental elements and cursor issues on this software stretch back for two years.  It boggles the mind!  Chronic problems such as this only occur in poorly-designed software.

Please stop spreading yourselves too thin by inventing new languages and god knows what else and focus on the fundamentals!


Same issue:

  • Cursor will disappear

  •  I can still select text

  • I can not type

  • Waiting 5 minutes it will normally come back

  • Since I don't want to wait that long I normally close and reopen PhpStorm to fix the issue

PhpStorm 2017.2.2
Build #PS-172.3968.35, built on August 31, 2017
JRE: 1.8.0_152-release-915-b11 amd64
JVM: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o
Windows 7 6.1


I have the same issue as people are describing above. I come back after alt-tabbing, and the cursor is gone. I can still mark text, but whenever I try to type it thinks I'm in another view (e.g. the project view, so when I press the backspace button to remove marked texts I get a pop-up that asks if I really want to delete my class).


IntelliJ IDEA 2017.2.6
Build #IC-172.4574.11, built on November 13, 2017
JRE: 1.8.0_152-release-915-b12 x86_64
JVM: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o
Mac OS X 10.13.1


Exactly the same problem here too
It feels like getting worse with every new release, currently this happens 4-6 times per day in 2017.3!


PhpStorm 2017.3
Build #PS-173.3727.138, built on November 28, 2017
JRE: 1.8.0_152-release-1024-b6 amd64
JVM: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o
Linux 4.9.0-040900-generic


Same here, as well:

RubyMine 2017.2.4
Build #RM-172.4155.44, built on September 26, 2017
JRE: 1.8.0_152-release-915-b11 amd64
JVM: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o
Windows 10 10.0



Hi there,

I had the same problem in PHPStorm. I switched from my Imac to a Macbook Pro and the missing cursor problem never happened. Both machines have the same OS versions and same JRE, JVM build etc. (I did a carbon copy of the system drive) The only difference is that the Imac has a AMD graphics card and the Macbook Pro a NVIDIA. So maybe it's a graphics driver/implementation bug?

Would be curious to know what brand of graphics cards the computers use where the dissappearing cursor problem occurs.




I am having same issue. Latest 2017.3.3 build and JDK 8, plenty of RAM and CPU.
What is going on, have to restart it every half an hour or so.


Same here :(

Windows 10 pro


java version "1.8.0_151"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_151-b12)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.151-b12, mixed mode)

IntelliJ IDEA Community 2017.3.2


- Edit > Find > Find in path

- Double click over occurrence found.


I can confirm this happens quite often throughout the day. Only a complete restart solves the problem.

PhpStorm 2017.3.3
Build #PS-173.4301.34, built on January 18, 2018
JRE: 1.8.0_152-release-1024-b11 x86_64
JVM: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o
Mac OS X 10.13.3

"Find in Path" is a main culprit, see Sergios comment above mine to reproduce.


Looks like in my case it was somehow related to Nvidia drivers, when I updated to latest drivers from nvidia site problem just disappeared. 
Also I did not have that issues on another computer where I used same version of IDEA, this is also confirms my suspicion about PC configuration itself contributed to this problem.