Friday, December 22, 2017

Make Intellij IDEA on Linux with sharp fonts as Macbook Pro

IntelliJ IDEA supports HiDPI on Windows and MacOS. The fonts look so beautiful on a Macbook Pro Retina Display. Unfortunately IDEA doesn’t support HiDPI on Linux. Looks at the code UIUtil#isJreHiDPIEnabled. For Linux, it always return false.
You can get that sharpness through VNC by changing to the larger font size. I’m using 2017.3.1
  • Settings -> Editor -> Color Shcema -> Color Scheme Font
    • Check “Use color scheme font instead of the default`
    • Change “Size” to 22
  • Settings -> Appearance & Behavior -> Appearance -> UI Options
    • Themes: Darcular
    • Check “Override default fonts by (not recommended):”
    • Name: Dialog and size to 22
HiDPI-profiles plugin may make switching between HiDPI and lower resolution easier.

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