Tweaking IntelliJ appearance to look cool in Ubuntu

Intellij is one of the most prominent Java IDE. Opitimising its appearance on Ubuntu is described in this post.

Wed, 30 Dec 2009

When i initially installed IntelliJ in Ubuntu the font of the IDE really sucked. I couldn’t able to concentrate on my work because of the freaking font style. After looking out various forums and blogs i finally did a revamp to my Intellij that looked perfect to me. Here is a screenshot of my IDEA after modification.

Intellj on Ubuntu

If you are facing same issues try out these steps and your life with IDEA will be much better.

  • Open the file idea.vmoptions.
    cd {IDEA directory}/bin

    sudo vim idea.vmoptions


    Add ’-Dawt.useSystemAAFontSettings=on’ (without quotes) to the end of file.

    Save and exit the editor.

  • Install Inconsolata.ttf to Ubuntu.

  • Goto System -> Preferences -> Appearance

  • Goto the Fonts tab and click on Details and set your Resolution to 120 DPI.

  • Open IntellijIDEA. Goto Project Settings -> Colors & Fonts Select General tab and Click on the button near the Name textbox.

  • Uncheck the ’Show Only Monospaced Fonts’ . Now you will find Inconsolata in the list . Select Inconsolata as font , Set Size to 16 and Line Spacing to 1.0 then click on Apply.

  • Back in the Settings menu choose Appearance and Select ’Use Anti-Aliased Font in Editor’ option.

Thats it. You are done.


Prasanna is a full stack web developer, loves to build user interfaces with Javascript. Considers himself as a geek, quick learner and a team player 😃

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