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Configuring GitHub Copilot in a JetBrains IDE

You can enable, configure, and disable GitHub Copilot in a JetBrains IDE.

GitHub Copilot is available to GitHub customers with a personal account on GitHub.com. Managed user accounts cannot use GitHub Copilot.

GitHub Copilot is free to use for verified students, teachers, and maintainers of popular open source projects. If you are not a student, teacher, or maintainer of a popular open source project, you can try GitHub Copilot for free with a one-time 60 day trial. After the free trial, you will need a paid subscription for continued use. For more information, see "About billing for GitHub Copilot."

About GitHub Copilot in JetBrains IDEs

If you use a Jetbrains IDE, GitHub Copilot can autocomplete code as you type. After installation, you can enable or disable GitHub Copilot, and you can configure advanced settings within your IDE or on GitHub.com.

Prerequisites

To configure GitHub Copilot in a JetBrains IDE, you must install the GitHub Copilot plugin. For more information, see "Getting started with GitHub Copilot in a JetBrains IDE."

Keyboard shortcuts for GitHub Copilot

You can use the default keyboard shortcuts for inline suggestions in your JetBrains IDE when using GitHub Copilot. Alternatively, you can rebind the shortcuts to your preferred keyboard shortcuts for each specific command. For more information on rebinding keyboard shortcuts in your JetBrains IDE, see the JetBrains documentation. For example, you can view the IntelliJ IDEA documentation.

ActionShortcut
Accept an inline suggestionTab
Dismiss an inline suggestionEsc
Show next inline suggestionOption (⌥) or Alt+]
Show previous inline suggestionOption (⌥) or Alt+[
Trigger inline suggestionOption (⌥)+\
Open GitHub Copilot (additional suggestions in separate pane)Option (⌥) or Alt+Return
ActionShortcut
Accept an inline suggestionTab
Dismiss an inline suggestionEsc
Show next inline suggestionAlt+]
Show previous inline suggestionAlt+[
Trigger inline suggestionAlt+\
Open GitHub Copilot (additional suggestions in separate pane)Alt+Enter
ActionShortcut
Accept an inline suggestionTab
Dismiss an inline suggestionEsc
Show next inline suggestionAlt+]
Show previous inline suggestionAlt+[
Trigger inline suggestionAlt+\
Open GitHub Copilot (additional suggestions in separate pane)Alt+Enter

Enabling or disabling GitHub Copilot

You can enable or disable GitHub Copilot from within your JetBrains IDE. The GitHub Copilot status icon in the bottom panel of the JetBrains window indicates whether GitHub Copilot is enabled or disabled. When enabled, the icon is highlighted. When disabled, the icon is grayed out.

  1. To enable or disable GitHub Copilot, click the status icon in the bottom panel of the JetBrains window. Status icon in JetBrains
  2. If you are disabling GitHub Copilot, you will be asked whether you want to disable it globally, or for the language of the file you are currently editing. To disable globally, click Disable Completions. Alternatively, click the language-specific button to disable GitHub Copilot for the specified language. Disable GitHub Copilot globally or for the current language

Configuring advanced settings for GitHub Copilot

You can manage advanced settings for GitHub Copilot in your JetBrains IDE, such as how your IDE displays code completions, and which languages you want to enable or disable for GitHub Copilot.

  1. In your JetBrains IDE, click the File menu, then click Settings.
  2. Under Languages & Frameworks, click GitHub Copilot.
  3. Edit the settings according to your personal preferences.
    • To adjust the behaviour and appearance of code suggestions, and whether to automatically check for updates, select or deselect the corresponding checkboxes.
    • If you have selected to receive automatic updates, you can choose whether to receive stable, but less frequent updates, or nightly updates, which may be less stable. Click the Update channel dropdown and select Stable for stable updates, or Nightly for nightly updates.
    • Under "Disabled languages", use the checkboxes to select or deselect the languages you want to disable GitHub Copilot for.

Configuring GitHub Copilot settings on GitHub.com

Once you have an active GitHub Copilot trial or subscription, you can adjust GitHub Copilot settings for your personal account on GitHub in the GitHub Copilot settings. The settings apply anywhere that you use GitHub Copilot. You can configure the suggestions that GitHub Copilot offers and how GitHub uses your telemetry data.

Enabling or disabling duplication detection

GitHub Copilot includes a filter which detects code suggestions matching public code on GitHub. You can choose to enable or disable the filter. When the filter is enabled, GitHub Copilot checks code suggestions with their surrounding code of about 150 characters against public code on GitHub. If there is a match or near match, the suggestion will not be shown to you.

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click your profile photo, then click Settings.

    Settings icon in the user bar

  2. In the left sidebar, click GitHub Copilot.

  3. Under Suggestions matching public code, select the dropdown menu, then click Allow to allow suggestions matching public code, or Block to block suggestions matching public code. Screenshot of duplication detection option

  4. To confirm your new settings, click Save.

Enabling or disabling telemetry

You can choose whether your code snippets are collected and retained by GitHub and further processed and shared with Microsoft and OpenAI by adjusting your user settings. For more information about data that GitHub Copilot may collect depending on your telemetry settings, see "GitHub Terms for Additional Products and Features" and the GitHub Copilot privacy FAQ.

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click your profile photo, then click Settings.

    Settings icon in the user bar

  2. In the left sidebar, click GitHub Copilot.

  3. To allow or prevent GitHub using your telemetry data, select or deselect Allow GitHub to use my code snippets for product improvements. Screenshot of telemetry option

  4. To confirm your new settings, click Save.

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