For developing applications in JAVA, most developers typically use an Integrated Development Environment to leverage built-in features to improve productivity. The most popular JAVA IDEs are NetBeans, Eclipse, Android Studio and IntelliJ IDEA.
Researching over internet, I was quite impressed with the features provided by RedGate’s IntelliJ IDEA – hence I downloaded it and wanted to quickly spin up a Hello World application.
However while building the project, I bumped into an unexpected error —
Error:Cannot run program “/Applications/IntelliJ IDEA.app/Contents/jdk/Contents/Home/bin/java” (in directory “/Users/samir/Library/Caches/IntelliJIdea2017.3/compile-server”): error=2, No such file or directory
Being new to the IDE, it took me some time to figure out the root cause of this error. Even though the fix was simple, I wanted to document this so that others bumping into the same error can quickly proceed, without getting stuck.
While working in IntelliJ, you can access the IDE log files to view additional details on the error — Help Menu -> Show Log in Finder
java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException: com.intellij.execution.process.ProcessNotCreatedException: Cannot run program “/Applications/IntelliJ IDEA.app/Contents/jdk/Contents/Home/bin/java” (in directory “/Users/samir/Library/Caches/IntelliJIdea2017.3/compile-server”): error=2, No such file or directory
Looking at my Project Settings, I figured out that I need to specify the SDK I want to use in my project.
Next I checked the SDK version installed in my new laptop and figured out there was not any! I went ahead and installed the JDK 9 on my Mac from here —
After I installed the SDK, I navigated to the Project Settings and selected the new JDK configuration from the installation location in my local.
I then attempted to build the project and it ran successfully. YAY!!
Summing up this article, in case you see this specific build error —
Navigate to the File Menu and go to Project Structure. Under the Project SDK section, make sure to add the new SDK you have installed in the system.
When you are creating a new project, you can also set the Project SDK at that point –
It would have been nice if IntelliJ IDEA installation also included a default SDK so that developers can get started right from the word go. I did not want to miss out on this opportunity & went ahead and suggested the same to the IntelliJ Team –
Incase you bump into issues with IntelliJ, you can report them to JetBrains Team here —