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Location of IntelliJ IDEA Files on Mac OS X

Published: 31 Aug 2009

IntelliJ IDEA is my IDE of choice and sometimes it’s helpful to view certain files associated with IDEA. The location of these files are not completely obvious when running on Mac OS X so here’s a breakdown for version 8.1.x:

Info.plist where JVM settings and the JDK used by IDEA is defined:

/Applications/IntelliJ IDEA

Compiler caches, jar indexes, logs, etc.:


Note this location changed sometime in late 2008 from


Plugins directory (where user installed plugin jar files reside):

/Applications/IntelliJ IDEA

Tags: #intellij#mac#configuration