Improve font rendering for IntelliJ IDEA / Pycharm in Ubuntu

Stock font rendering in Pycharm / Intelliji IDEA is horrible on Ubuntu. To improve it, change the following:


First of all, we need to install Infinality fonts:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:no1wantdthisname/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install fontconfig-infinality

sudo /etc/fonts/infinality/ setstyle linux
sudo gedit /etc/profile.d/
# and set

Installed the patched OpenJDK with fontfix:
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:no1wantdthisname/openjdk-fontfix
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk

In $IDEA_HOME/bin/*.vmoptions  add the following: (PS: $IDEA_HOME is the path to IntelliJIdea or Pycharm)

and in ~/.profile  add
export PYCHARM_JDK=/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.7.0-openjdk-amd64"


or whatever the installed java path is.


Start the IDE and enjoy perfect fonts.


  1. Hey! Thanks for the guide, I was about to get rid of IntelliJ because of ugly fonts, and it was pity coz generally I liked the suite. Now all is fine and fonts are better than in Komodo :-)

  2. thanks ! gonna try this and i hope it's going to work

  3. It works ! Thanks :)

  4. Thanks! it was clear and it works perfectly!

  5. Thanks! Works like a charm!

  6. Awesome, thanks a lot!


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