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I use a higher DPI setting which makes IntelliJ (actually Android Studio) have really messed up fonts.

I use MacType which renders my fonts beautifully elsewhere, but I guess Java VM somehow intercepts it or something, it's killing me.

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I’m on a high-dpi display and I got it working with a perfect font rendering, to achieve this you need to:

  • (On Linux) Install and use Oracle JDK (I’m using 1.7) and not OpenJDK (also the patched one with fontfix was useless for me). See how to do this.

  • Edit the .vmoptions configuration file that you find into the Bin installation folder (eg. studio.vmoptions and for 64bit studio64.vmoptions, or WebStorm.exe.vmoptions etc. according to the version of the IDE you installed) by adding these lines:

  • Remove hinting informations from the font that you would like to use and select the new font into IntelliJ IDEA preferences (Setting -> Editor -> Font);
    if you don’t know how to do this, install FontForge then:

    1. Open your font in FontForge
    2. Select all glyphs via Ctrl+A and clear all hints (Hints -> Clear Hints)
    3. Select glyphs again and use Hints -> Clear Instruction
    4. Save the font with different name ( File -> Generate Fonts)
    5. Install the new font, select it in IDEA

If you followed the above tips and you’re experiencing lags when fast scrolling the code (this sometimes could happen on Linux distributions with a not optimized gpu driver), try removing the line
from the .vmoptions file.

Finally, here is a screenshot of the result:

IDE screenshot

(fonts used here are LucidaMAC for the main IDE and Ubuntu Mono with removed hinting informations for the code editor)

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Awesome! Works in Windows as well :)) thank you :* –  Bloke Jul 25 '13 at 10:06
For me on Ubuntu 13.04 and IntelliJ 12.1.5, the settings in the options file did nothing, but removing Hints and Instructions from the font via FontForge did work. I also had to fiddle a bit with the settings in File->Settings->IDE Settings->Editor –  Cory Klein Oct 2 '13 at 15:17
@Pace To remove blurry fonts you need to disable display scaling for that application (right click on its icon, select Properties, go to Compatibility tab and check Disable DPI scaling on high DPI settings, for x64 apps in Win8- you should edit the flag of the related registry key: open Regedit.exe, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers and add a string value REG_SZ whose name is the full path to the application executable and whose value is HIGHDPIAWARE) ;) –  guari Jan 7 at 14:22
@guari - Kudos to you sir! Thank you so much. I start a Coursera Android course this week and now I have perfectly rendered smooth fonts! I just upped the general font settings for the IDE and the editor to set them to 26pt and I can't believe how good it looks! Thanks again. –  Pace Jan 10 at 0:05
Wow. Still helpful a year later. JetBrains needs to make this the default or at least perform some auto detection. The blurriness without these settings makes IntelliJ look awful and unusable. –  Andrew Finnell Sep 19 at 13:18

I wrote a little manual howto fix this.

   wget http://urshulyak.com/jdk-8u5-tuxjdk-b08.tar.gz
   tar -zxvf jdk-8u5-tuxjdk-b08.tar.gz
   sudo mv jdk-8u5-tuxjdk-b08 /usr/lib/jvm
   rm jdk-8u5-tuxjdk-b08.tar.gz

Script to start Intellij Idea

*only note that need to change IDEA_HOME location for your path of idea


export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/jdk-8u5-tuxjdk-b08/
export _JAVA_OPTIONS="-Dawt.useSystemAAFontSettings=lcd \
export GNOME_DESKTOP_SESSION_ID=this-is-deprecated
exec $IDEA_HOME/bin/idea.sh "$@"

More info and screenshots of better fonts: http://urshulyak.com/?p=478

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Adding -Dsun.java2d.xrender=true to bin/webstorm64.vmoptions in WebStorm's directory was enough for me. –  ntrrgc Dec 21 at 23:20

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