18. May 2017

How to use PowerShell in IntelliJ Idea terminal instead of cmd

IntelliJ Idea has support for embedded terminal. That’s handy because you do not need to open extra window just for a terminal.

The default configuration of IntelliJ on Windows is installed with old-school cmd.exe. It’s quite easy to replace it by PowerShell.

Go to Settings (Ctrl+Alt+S). Search for word “terminal“. Select Tools – Terminal.

Change Shell path option from cmd.exe to


Press OK and start new Terminal window.

I recommend to use Dracula theme which is a little bit more readable than the white theme.

23. June 2014

How to debug Gradle script

First of all: do not use daemon mode for debugging.

IntelliJ Idea is automatically spawning daemon when you start any Gradle task. You have to attach to remote process.

I wrote small “How to debug” based on info from forums.gradle.org.

You’ll need to set GRADLE_OPTS environment variable to:

-Xdebug -Xrunjdwp:transport=dt_socket,server=y,suspend=y,address=5005

Here is example in PowerShell:


$env:GRADLE_OPTS="-Xdebug -Xrunjdwp:transport=dt_socket,server=y,suspend=y,address=5005"

Configure Remote debugging in Idea:


You do not need to change anything in default configuration.

Now return to command line with your project and invoke task. Gradle will automatically stop and it waits for debugger.


Attach debugger


Here we go 🙂


There is small limitation. You can stop code execution outside DSL e.g. in class method (line 3). You won’t be able to stop execution in Gradle DSL line 10.

You can download sample build script from Github.

6. January 2014

IntelliJ Idea – Cordova – Default Activity not found! – solution

Situation: import Cordova project with support of Android platform to Intellij Idea. You’re not able to start emulator, because of strange error:

Default Activity not found!


One solution could be: go to File menu and choose Invalidate Caches /Restart.

This might not help.

The real problem is most likely in configuration of Android module. Open project configuration, select module and make sure that directory src is marked as Source.


Confirm module configuration and error message should disappear.

2. February 2013

IntelliJ Idea must have plugin – Key promoter

Reading through document with keyboard shortcuts for IDE is boring and often you do not have time to learn it.

Dmitry Kashin wrote simple yet powerfull plugin for IntelliJ Idea – Key Promoter.

It simply displays keyboard shortcuts whenever it is possible to speed up your work.


31. December 2012

Syntax highlight does not work in IntelliJ Idea for .jade – solution

Jade Templating Engine is popular in Node.js world. There is also plugin for IntelliJ Idea which has support this format.

If you open .jade file in Idea and there is no syntax highlight then there is something wrong.

Most common mistake is that people open .jade file before installing plugin and they choose Text editor to open this file. Idea remembers this decision and after installing plugin it will always open .jade files in basic Text editor without syntax highlight.

Correction is quite easy. You need to fix file extension association.

Open Settings – Editor – File Types. Find Jade and add *.jade file extension.