Tim Deschryver

Enable shell scripts for the JetBrains Toolbox App


The JetBrains Toolbox App makes it easy to install JetBrain products and keep them updated. One caveat of using the Toolbox App, is that your shell scripts might not work anymore. Luckily, there's a two-step process to configure the Jetbrains Toolbox App to work with your shell scripts.

As a workaround, open up the JetBrains Toolbox App Settings, enable the "generate shell scripts" option and set the "Shell scripts location" to a folder of your choice.

For reference, I created a .jetbrains folder within my user folder.

Configure shell scripts within the JetBrains Toolbox App

You can check if everything went well by opening the specified folder. It should contain all the JetBrains products.

Toolbox showing the JetBrains products

Lastly, create a new PATH environment variable and point it to the same folder.

Restart your shell and you should be able to open the JetBrains IDEs from the command line.

As a bonus, you can also rename the shell scripts to custom names. For example, I've configured WebStorm to start with the ws command. To do this, go to the settings of the tool, scroll to the bottom, and rename the shell script name.

The WebStorm settings with the modified shell script name

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