Run IntelliJ IDEA 14 on OSX with Java 8

Posted on Sat 21 February 2015 in tech

Starting with Yosemite Apple finally stopped shipping Java 6 with OSX. It's recommended to install the latest Java version directly from Oracle. Unfortunately IntelliJ IDEA needs Java 6 (!) to start. Here is the recommended way to run IntelliJ IDEA with Java 8.

# first, install IntelliJ to /Applications
mkdir ~/Library/Preferences/IntelliJIdea14/
cp /Applications/IntelliJ\ IDEA\ ~/Library/Preferences/IntelliJIdea14/
# now modify ~/Library/Preferences/IntelliJIdea14/ and change the JVMVersion from 1.6* to 1.6+

The steps for WebStorm and PyCharm are similar and you can find the directory names here.

In my case the directories were:

  • ~/Library/Preferences/WebStorm9
  • ~/Library/Preferences/PyCharm40