TOTD #149: How to clean IntelliJ cache, preferences, etc on Mac OS X ?

I've installed, un-installed, re-installed, re-un-installed, re-re-installed and so on IntelliJ IDEA multiple times on my MacBook. However the uninstall leaves a few remnants in different directories all over the system. These directories need to be manually removed in order for a clean install next time. This TOTD (Tip Of The Day) provide the list of directories which need to be removed explicitly:

~/Library/Caches/IntelliJIdea90
~/Library/Logs/IntelliJIdea90
~/Library/Preferences/IntelliJIdea90
~//Library/Application Support/IntelliJIdea90

And IntelliJ IDEA is installed in the directory "/Application/IntelliJIdea90" which gets deleted if the application is deleted. And you'll need to get rid of this directory if the mystical plugin configuration is not configured right the first time.

Also read IDEA-43039 for more details on invalidating caches. Read more on stackoverflow.com on how to clear out global settings.

That's it, just a short one this time!

Is there a better way to deal with this mess ?

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Comments:

This article is very useful. I have used my Mac for years and did not notice my disk is consuming by the useless files. This article helped me much. I also found another free cleanup software MacCleaning. It is free and effective.

Posted by skyrim on December 28, 2011 at 07:36 PM PST #

Thanks, this helped me when I ran into a issue with the IDE that would not go away after a fresh install.

Posted by guest on June 03, 2013 at 09:18 AM PDT #

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