How can I permanently enable line numbers in IntelliJ?

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How can I permanently enable line numbers in IntelliJ IDEA?

This question is tagged with intellij-idea

~ Asked on 2008-08-17 17:31:38

21 Answers


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IntelliJ 14.X Onwards

From version 14.0 onwards, the path to the setting dialog is slightly different, a General submenu has been added between Editor and Appearance as shown below

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IntelliJ 8.1.2 - 13.X

From IntelliJ 8.1.2 onwards, this option is in File | Settings1. Within the IDE Settings section of that dialog, you'll find it under Editor | Appearance.

  1. On a Mac, these are named IntelliJ IDEA | Preferences...

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~ Answered on 2009-05-26 18:46:03


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The question is obviously well answered already, but since IJ 13 you can enable line numbers in 2 seconds flat:

  1. Press shift twice
  2. Type "line number"
  3. The option shows in the menu and press enter to enable/disable.

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Et voila ;)

~ Answered on 2015-04-14 07:07:00


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NOT a solution, rather a TEMPORARY solution which only works only for the current editor and current session:

Simply right click on the place where the line-numbers should be, and there you'll see a small menu.

then, mark the "Show Line Numbers" option.

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Please note that this only works on a per-file basis, however. Enjoy.

~ Answered on 2011-11-25 08:54:12


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In Intellij 13 the layout has changed, the Settings button can only be found in File -> Settings and not in the toolbars, and from there you follow the same steps: Editor -> Appearance -> Show line numbers, or search for Line numbers in the Settings search input.Intellij Settings search for line numbers

~ Answered on 2013-10-10 19:21:11


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Android Studio 1.3.2 and on, IntelliJ 15 and on

Global configuration

File -> Settings -> Editor -> General -> Appearance -> Show line numbers

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Current editor configuration

First way: View -> Active Editor -> Show Line Numbers (this option will only be available if you previously have clicked into a file of the active editor)

Second way: Right click on the small area between the project's structure and the active editor (that is, the one that you can set breakpoints) -> Show Line Numbers. enter image description here

~ Answered on 2015-09-19 10:50:16


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For InteliJ IDEA 11.0 and above
Goto File --> Settings in the Settings window Editor --> Appearance
and tick Show line numbers check box.

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~ Answered on 2011-12-28 10:09:57


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IntelliJ 14 (Ubuntu):

See: how-do-i-turn-on-line-numbers-permanently-in-intellij-14

Permanently:

File > Settings > Editor > General > Appearance > show line numbers

Editor

For current Editor:

View > Active Editor > Show Line Numbers

Menu

~ Answered on 2014-11-20 05:44:43


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IntelliJ IDEA 15

5 approaches


Global change

  1. File > Settings... > Editor > General > Appearance > Show line numbers

    show line numbers

  2. Hit Shift twice > write "line numbers" > Show Line Numbers (that one that has the toggle) > change the toggle to ON

    shift shift


Change for the Active Editor

  1. Right click on the left side bar > Show Line Numbers

    right click

  2. Hit Shift twice > write "line" > Show Line Numbers (the line doesn't have the toggle)

    shift shift line

  3. Ctrl + Shift + A > write "Show line" > Active Editor: Show Line Numbers > change the toggle to ON

    Ctrl Shift A

~ Answered on 2016-01-10 23:33:42


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Ok in intelliJ 14 Ultimate using the Mac version this is it.

IntelliJ Idea > Preferences > Editor > General > Appearance > Show Line Numbers

~ Answered on 2014-12-16 10:17:16


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On IntelliJ 12 on MAC OSX, I had a hard time finding it. The search wouldn't show me the way for some reason. Go to Preferences and under IDE Settings, Editor, Appearance and select 'Show line numbers'

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~ Answered on 2013-08-07 18:05:11


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Android Studio

Go to Android Studio => Preferences => Editor => General => Appearance => set Checked "Show line numbers"

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~ Answered on 2015-07-12 13:25:46


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I just hit this with IdeaVim plugin installed, where even if I set Show Line Numbers, it continued to revert to hiding them.

The (forehead-slapping-worthy) solution was:

:set nu

~ Answered on 2016-01-07 06:52:48


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For 9.0.4

File > Settings

In the tree view group

------------IDE Settings ---------

Click the Editor [+]

Select Appearance... Its there.

~ Answered on 2011-09-01 12:30:30


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I add this response for IntelliJ IDEA 2018.2 - Ultimate.

Using menu

IntelliJ Idea > Preferences > Editor > General > Appearance > Show Line Numbers

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Using Shortcuts - First way

For Windows : Ctrl+Shift+a
For Mac : Cmd+shift+a

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Using Shortcuts - Seconde way

Touch Shift twice

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These three methods exist since the last 4 versions of Intellij and I think they remain valid for a long time.

~ Answered on 2018-05-01 09:28:18


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1st way: Go to View => Active Editor => show line numbers

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2nd way Go to Android Studio => Preferences => Editor=> Appearance => set Checked "Show Line Numbers"

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~ Answered on 2015-02-23 05:19:34


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In IntelliJ 14 it has moved again somewhat down the menu.

Now we have it unter Editor -> General -> Appearance

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~ Answered on 2014-12-08 07:48:05


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On Mac Intellij 12.1.2 there is no File-Settings:

There is an application-name menu item to the left of "File" with a "preferences" menu item:

Choosing "Preferences" on the Mac.

and within that is the "Settings" dialog shown by the Windows Intellij.

~ Answered on 2013-05-03 19:17:49


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Just an update for Android Studio 1.5.1 on Windows:

Go to File -> Settings -> follow picture enter image description here

~ Answered on 2016-02-10 08:54:35


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On IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1.2

Go to Settings > Editor > General > Appearance then check the Show Line number option

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~ Answered on 2016-05-17 16:05:38


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IntelliJ 2019 community edition has line number by default. If you want to show or hide line numbers, go to the following settings to change the appearance.

go to ? File ? Setting ? Editor ? General ? Appearance ? [Check] Show line numbers

show_line_numbers

~ Answered on 2019-09-24 16:47:14


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For IntelliJ 20.1 or above, on Mac OSX:

IntelliJ IDEA -> Editor -> General -> Appearance -> Show line numbers

Point to be noted: Always look for Editor

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For shortcut:

? + ? + A (command + shift + A)

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and click on the pop up to turn on Show line numbers and you are good to go.

~ Answered on 2020-04-24 08:51:53


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