Directories with .idea name are used by IntelliJ IDEA and Android Studio to store metadata.

There is one other file type using
the IDEA file extension!

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Software that open idea file

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IDEA file extension - IntelliJ IDEA metadata

What is idea file? How to open idea files?

File type specification:

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The idea file extension is related to IntelliJ IDEA and Android Studio integrated development tools that allow users to create Java programs for desktop systems and Google Android.

The idea is directory, which is storing metadata used for programming apps in these development tools.

The default software associated to open idea file:

IntelliJ IDEA icon

JetBrains s.r.o. logoIntelliJ IDEA  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
JetBrains s.r.o.

IntelliJ IDEA is cross-platform integrated development environment for develop Java applications. JetBrains distributes two editions of IntelliJ IDEA. Community Edition is the open source free version, that supports programming in JAVA, Groovy, HTML/XHTML, XML/XSL, Scala. In Community edition can be also developed applications for Google Android operating system. Ultimate Edition is commercial version of IntelliJ IDEA. It has all features of Community Edition and adds others. It adds support for other programming languages, technologies and frameworks such as PHP, ColdFusion, JavaScript, CSS, Ajax, Google App Engine etc.

Android Studio icon

Google Inc. logoAndroid Studio  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
Google Inc.

Android Studio is the official IDE for Android application development, based on IntelliJ IDEA.

Help how to open:

This file type is not meant to be opened directly, there is no software that could open and work with it directly, or there is no information available in public sources about opening this file type. This is usually the case of some internal data files, caches, temporary files etc.

How to convert:

As far as we know, this .idea file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

List of software applications associated to the .idea file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open idea file, edit idea file, convert idea file, view idea file, play idea file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting idea files.

Programs that can create idea file - IntelliJ IDEA metadata

Programs supporting the exension idea on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for create idea file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:


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