When news version of Jetbrains IDE is installed previous version does not remove automatically. And currently there are no option (i.e. checkbox) to uninstall old version while installing.

How can one completely uninstall Jetbrains IDE (like IntelliJ IDEA, PyCharm, WebStorm, RubyMine, PhpStorm, CLion, AppCode, Rider, Data Grip etc.) in OS X?

  • Which versions did you upgrade from and to?
    – mmmmmm
    Mar 21, 2016 at 12:45
  • From IntelliJ IDEA CE 15 to IntelliJ IDEA CE 2016 Mar 22, 2016 at 6:42

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Move the .app file to the Trash, then manually delete the support folders listed in this IntelliJ support article:

  • ~/Library/Preferences/[PRODUCT][VERSION]
  • ~/Library/Caches/[PRODUCT][VERSION]
  • ~/Library/Application Support/[PRODUCT][VERSION]
  • ~/Library/Logs/[PRODUCT][VERSION]
  • I found uninstalling IntelliJ and re-installing it on Mac a pain.
    – R11G
    Aug 19, 2019 at 19:54

You can always uninstall the application completely using an app like ''AppCleaner'' (which removes all additional files of an app) and then install the new version.


I think that if you uninstall application using an app like "AppCleaner" you remote IDEA's config files. I don't sure.

I remove old version of IDEA to trash and copy new version to Application folder. That it. When i started first time a new version i choose use my previously settings and IDEA find it automatically.

I don't think that this is right way, but it works.

  • First sentence says " "AppCleaner" you remote IDEA's config files. " Second sentence says the new version can use the previous settings - how as in the first sentence you deleted them? The only conclusion is AppCleaner did not get rid of all the old files as the question asks.
    – mmmmmm
    Jul 24, 2018 at 21:23

I tried this and worked, give it a try https://medium.com/@harittweets/how-to-delete-intellij-idea-community-completely-from-your-mac-beba4012c192

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