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Directories used by the IDE to store settings, caches, plugins and logs

Location of the IDE files depends on the operating system, product and version.

Should you need to change the defaults, refer to this document.



All the files are located under this directory by default:

  • Windows Vista, 7, 8:
  • Windows XP:

Sample paths for different products

  • IntelliJ IDEA 14 Ultimate Edition:
  • IntelliJ IDEA 14 Community Edition:
  • WebStorm 10.0 and PhpStorm 9.0(note that the same directory is used):
  • RubyMine 7.1:
  • PyCharm 4.5:



Under this directory you'll find the following sub-directories

  • config: configuration (idea.config.path)
  • config\plugins: plugins (idea.plugins.path)
  • system: caches, local history, etc (idea.system.path)
  • system\log: logs and thread dumps (idea.log.path)
You can find more details about what is stored in each folder in the Project and IDE Settings documentation section.

Linux and other Unix sytems

Product directory starting with dot can be found in your user home directory, the pattern is:


~ is an alias for the home directory, for example /home/john.


Mac OS X

  • Configuration:
  • Caches:
  • Plugins:
~/Library/Application Support/<PRODUCT><VERSION>
  • Logs:


PRODUCT would be one of the following:

  • IntelliJIdea (IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate Edition)
  • IdeaIC (IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition)
  • RubyMine
  • WebIde (all PhpStorm versions and WebStorm before 7.0 use this common directory)
  • WebStorm (WebStorm starting from 7.0 version)
  • PyCharm


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    Matt Pellegrini

    Thanks Serge, I have done so: 67739.
    I was unable to find the idea.log in any of the directories mentioned above, but have attached the crash reports from ~/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/PyCharm*

    Let me know if there's somewhere specific I might find the idea.log and I'll attach it to the ticket.

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    S Wright

    I am trying to use the PyCharm Educational version and have asked for help as it keeps on crashing/freezing ( using Win7). The advice is to do this "Please, check with default settings (rename/remove settings folders to start with the defaults ).". I have checked that the filepath is the default: C:\Users\Sue.PyCharmEdu10 but cannot find where I would edit any files. Can anyone help?

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    S Wright

    Support request was 68163

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    Chris DeDavid

    Difficult to find it. Finally found it, fiew!
    For phpStorm, my config & settings was found in:

    That really does not match the help content in this article.
    Be well, :-)

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