Java – Correct way to add external jars (lib/*.jar) to an IntelliJ IDEA project


When creating a new Java project in IntelliJ IDEA, the following directories and files are created:


I want to configure IntelliJ IDEA to include my dependency JARs in ./lib/*.jar to the project. What is the correct way to achieve this in IntelliJ IDEA?

Best Solution

dialogue in Intellij 20.3

Steps for adding external jars in IntelliJ IDEA:

  1. Click File from the toolbar
  2. Select Project Structure option (CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + S on Windows/Linux, + ; on Mac OS X)
  3. Select Modules at the left panel
  4. Select Dependencies tab
  5. Select + icon
  6. Select 1 JARs or directories option