JetBrains developed their own tool that allows installing and and continual updating for all their products. If something goes wrong, you can always roll back the product version. This tool is JetBrains Toolbox. It is free. Also it can manage your licenses. You can enter a license in the tool and it will automatically detect what products are supported.
In this article I will explain how to install JetBrains Toolbox in Ubuntu 22.04 and how to use it for installing JetBrains products.
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Installing JetBrains Toolbox in Ubuntu 22.04
Step 1. Download Archive
First of all you should download an installer from the official site. Just open the page and click on the Download button:
Step 2. Extract Archive
The archive will appear in the ~/Downloads directory. You can extract its content using Nautilus, just click Extract Here in the contextual menu:
Or you can open the ~/Downloads directory in a command line and run the command below:
tar xvpzf ./jetbrains-toolbox-1.23.1849.tar.gz
Step 3. Run Installer
After this, you can run the installer executable in Nautilus or using this command:
That’s it. JetBrains Toolbox installed. Now you may want to configure it and install a few applications.
How to Use JetBrains Toolbox in Ubuntu
Click on the hexagon at the top right corner and open the Settings item. You can change the theme, log in to your JetBrains account, and disable launch this application on system startup here.
If you want to save disk space, expand the Tools section and turn off Keep previous versions of tools to enable Instant rollback.
Also, you can change the tools installation path in the Tools install location field. All settings will be saved automatically.
2. Installing applications
If you want to install an application, find it in the applications list and click the Install button. For example Intellij IDEA Community Edition:
You should wait until the installation process is finished. Then you will able to run an application by clicking on the application itself:
You will also see other JetBrains tools that were installed in your system, but they don’t managed by Toolbox. All installed and managed applications will receive updates.
3. Install Older Version of Application
If you want to downgrade the application version, you can open the contextual menu for the application and click Other Versions:
Here you can find all available versions. Chose one of them and click Install:
Wait until installation finishes and run the application.
4. Remove application
If you want to delete an application, open the contextual menu on it and click on the Uninstall button:
Then confirm uninstalling:
5. Manage Projects
JetBrains Toolbox has a list of projects from all installed tools. You can find them on the Projects tab. You can open any of them:
How to remove JetBrains ToolBox
If you want to remove JetBrains ToolBox from Ubuntu 22.04 you should run a few commands in the terminal. The tool does not have any uninstaller, so we should do it manually. First, quit the application. Click on the Toolbox icon in the system panel then click Quit Toolbox:
Then remove JetBrains ToolBox files using these commands:
rm -Rf ~/.local/share/JetBrains/Toolbox
Also, you can delete the entire ~/.local/share/JetBrains directory if you want to delete all applications installed by the JetBrains Toolbox.
In this article I have explained how to install JetBrains Toolbox in Ubuntu 22.04 and how to use it. It is a very useful tool that allows you to install, update, and remove JetBrains tools.