Integrating IntelliJ IDEA 10 into the Linux Mint Main Menu

Wouldn't it be nice if IntelliJ IDEA lived in the menus in Mint and was available from the search box?

The good news is that it can and the better news is that it is easy to achieve :)

  1. Download IntelliJ IDEA and extract it where you want it to live (ex: ~/Applications)
  2. From the desktop: Open Main Menu | Control Centre
  3. In the Control Centre window: Under Personal open Main Menu
  4. In the Main Menu window: Under Menus in the left sidebar select Programming
  5. In the Main Menu window: Click New Item button on right hand side of window
  6. In the Create Launcher dialog: Click the place-holder icon
  7. In the Choose an icon dialog: navigate to the IDEA bin folder and select idea128.png
  8. In the Create Launcher dialog: set Name to
    IntelliJ IDEA
  9. In the Create Launcher dialog: set Command to
    env IDEA_SDK="/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun" /path/to/idea/bin/idea.sh
  10. In the Create Launcher dialog: set Description to
    Java IDE from JetBrains

Now you can raise IntelliJ IDEA from the search on the Main Menu by typing IntelliJ, JetBrains or Java, etc. :)