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This quick tutorial is going to show you how to install the IntelliJ IDEA IDE, both community and ultimate editions, via PPA in all current Ubuntu releases.

IntelliJ IDEA is a Java IDE developed by JetBrains. So far the latest is version 2017.1.5 that was released more than a week ago with some bug-fixes and performance updates.

intelliJ IDEA ultimate

While the official Linux binaries lack application launcher integration, Marcel Kapfer made an installer script that automatically downloads the source tarball from JetBrains server, installs it to /opt/, and finally creates an app launcher.

Install the script:

For all current Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, and derivatives, I’ve made the new script into PPA since the original maintainer does not update the latest release at the moment.

Download the latest script from the link below:

intellij-idea-community_xxxx.xx-1_all.deb (community version)

intellij-idea-ultimate_xxxx.xx_all.deb (ultimate edition)

Then open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for it from app launcher, and run command to install the script:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/intellij-idea-community_*_all.deb

replace community in the command with ultimate for ultimate version.

Once installed, launch the IDE from your app launcher and enjoy!

For those who want to upgrade the IDE through Software Updater (Update Manager), add the PPA repository via command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

PyCharm IDE

The PyCharm Team announced the release of PyCharm 2016.2.2 on August 25. Now it’s available in PPA for upgrade in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and derivatives.

The new release fixed several major problems in the debugger and in the code analysis subsystem. It updates bundled JSHint version to 2.9.2, provides better exclude rules for indexing for Node.js, usability, UI, editing performance improvements, and various bug fixes. See the release note for details.

PyCharm IDE 2016.2

How to install PyCharm 2016.2.2 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

Both the professional and community version with Unity menu-bar integration are available in Mystic Mirage’s PPA for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and the old Ubuntu 15.10, 15.04.

GetDeb repository also contains the professional version of PyCharm IDE for Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 14.04.

1. Add the PPA

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mystic-mirage/pycharm

PyCharm PPA

2. For those who have a previous release installed, launch Software Updater and upgrade the IDE:

upgrade pycharm IDE

Or install the PyCharm IDE professional via command in terminal:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install pycharm

Replace pycharm with pycharm-community in the code to install the community version.

3. (Optional) To remove PyCharm IDE, simply run command:

sudo apt remove pycharm pycharm-community

And the PPA repository can be removed via Software & Updates utility (Other Software tab).

PyCharm IDE

This is a quick tutorial for beginners how to install the latest PyCharm Python IDE with Ubuntu integration via PPA.

The official PyCharm Linux binary packages lack shortcut launchers for Ubuntu desktop. To install the IDE with Ubuntu patch and receive future updates along with other system updates via Software Updater, you may use a third-party PPA maintained by Mystic-Mirage.

The PPA contains both the Professional and free Community version for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and their derivatives.

PyCharm IDE

Mystic-Mirage has stopped updating the PPA, for those sticking to the latest Pycharm Community, use the GetDeb repository instead, see here.

1. Add the PPA.

Open terminal and paste (Shift+Ctrl+V) the command below and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mystic-mirage/pycharm

PyCharm PPA

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter.

2. Update and install PyCharm.

If you have Synaptic Package Manager installed, launch it and then search for and install pycharm (or pycharm-community) after clicking the Refresh button.

Install PyCharm via Synaptic

Or run the commands below one by one in terminal to install the Professional version:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install pycharm

For the community version, replace the last command with:

sudo apt install pycharm-community

Once a new version is released and made into PPA, you can simply launch Software Updater to upgrade it.

3. (Optional) To remove the PPA, go to Software & Updates -> Other Software tab. And PyCharm IDE can be removed with apt command with remove flag:

sudo apt remove pycharm pycharm-community

That’s it. Enjoy!

LightTable IDE

The Light Table IDE has just reached a new stable release after more than one year of development. Now it provides 64-bit only binary for Linux.

Changes in LightTable 0.8.0:

  • CHANGED: We have switched to Electron from NW.js
  • CHANGED: LT’s releases and self-updating processes are completely in the open on Github
  • ADDED: LT can be built from source with provided scripts across supported platforms
  • ADDED: Most of LT’s node libraries are installed as npm dependencies instead of as forked libraries
  • ADDED: Significant documentation. See more below
  • FIX: Major usability issues on >= OSX 10.10
  • CHANGED: 32-bit linux is no longer an official download. Building from source will still be supported
  • FIX: ClojureScript eval for modern versions of ClojureScript
  • More details at

LightTable 0.8.0

How to Install Light Table 0.8.0 in Ubuntu:

Below steps show you how to install the official binary in Ubuntu. Works on all current Ubuntu releases (64-bit only).

Before getting started, please make a backup if you have a previous release installed.

1. Download the Linux binary from link below:


2. Open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T keys. When it opens, paste below command and hit enter:

gksudo file-roller ~/Downloads/lighttable-0.8.0-linux.tar.gz


Install gksu from Ubuntu Software Center if the command does not work.

3. Previous command opens the downloaded archive via Archive Manager using root user privilege.

When it opens, do:

  • right-click and rename the folder name to LightTable
  • extract it to Computer -> /opt/ directory.


Finally you should have the LightTable installed to /opt/ directory:


4. Create a launcher so you can start LightTable from Unity Dash or App Launcher.

Open terminal and run below command to create & edit a launcher file for LightTable:

gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/lighttable.desktop

When the file opens via Gedit text editor, paste below and save the file:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Light Table
GenericName=Text Editor
Comment=Open source IDE that modify, from running programs to embed websites and games
Exec=/opt/LightTable/LightTable %F

Name[en_US]=Light Table

[Desktop Action Window]
Name=New Window
Exec=/opt/LightTable/LightTable -n

[Desktop Action Document]
Name=New File
Exec=/opt/LightTable/LightTable --command new_file

So it looks like:


Finally launch the IDE from Unity Dash or Application Launcher and enjoy!

Install Light Table IDE 6.0.2 Ubuntu

Both Light Table IDE 0.6.1 and 0.6.2 were released yesterday which bring various bug fixes and a few improvements.

Light Table is a new interactive IDE developed by Chris Granger, it lets you modify running programs and embed anything from websites to games. It provides the real time feedback we need to not only answer questions about our code, but to understand how our programs really work.

Light Table IDE is now open source since version 0.6.0. The current releases are the first updates and below is the changelog:


  • FIX: styling bug that caused light themes to be unusable


  • FIX: build instructions for all platforms. Add in build scripts for each.
  • FIX: active line in solarized theme (Gozala)
  • FIX: re-enable workspace behavior diffs
  • FIX: Plugins should not say they need an update if there’s no version available on the server
  • FIX: Read keymaps safely so that errors are reported.
  • FIX: remove readlink -f from the mac startup script
  • FIX: provide skin/theme shold work correctly now (joshuafcole)
  • FIX: Catch errors while walking the file system (zoranzaric)
  • FIX: look in 64bit dirs first in the linux64 run script and add other dirs to fix openSUSE (wesleywiser)
  • FIX: line-endings were not being added correctly to the ends of files.
  • FIX: set the default screen size to be smaller so that LT doesn’t open off screen
  • FIX: type in plugin dialog (rmunn)
  • FIX: Add SQL file type back in
  • FIX: External browsers don’t disconnect correctly
  • FIX: remove inconsistencies in the plugin manager
  • FIX: pmeta in :- keymaps didn’t work
  • FIX: better error handling in the local client
  • FIX: make functions return correctly from external browser connections
  • FIX: add to .gitignore (DomKM)
  • FIX: dramatically better line numbering styles for the default theme
  • FIX: line numbers now correctly size and stay right-aligned.
  • FIX: remove use of rtl that causes very weird file name display behavior in navigator.
  • CHANGE: Auto-complete is now auto-show by default
  • ADDED: lt.objs.plugins/find-plugin for use in finding the current plugin dir
  • ADDED: `Console: set buffer size`
  • ADDED: Code folding with `Editor: fold code at cursor` command (efuquen)
  • ADDED: travis-ci (sieben)
  • ADDED: set the save dialog’s first location to a sensible path (can3p and ndr-qef)
  • ADDED: .zsh and .zshrc file extensions
  • ADDED: `App: Disable metrics` behavior
  • ADDED: LiveScript file type
  • ADDED: platform specific startup scripts
  • ADDED: typing : in a keymap or behavior file will now complete based on the command/behavior id
  • ADDED: `Editor: Toggle line wrapping` command for one off wrapping
  • ADDED: Tabsets are now styled as active
  • ADDED: The body gets an “active” class when the window is focused
  • UPDATED: Latest codemirror
  • UPDATED: CLJS 2138


1. Download the IDE at You may check out your OS type by going to System Settings -> Details

2. Extract the Linux package in your file browser and you’ll see the result folder LightTable in Downloads directory.

3. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below command to move LightTable to /opt/:

sudo mv ~/Downloads/LightTable /opt/

4. Now launch the IDE via:


5. To create a launcher, run:

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/LightTable.desktop

Paste below section into the file and save it.

[Desktop Entry]
Name=LightTable IDE