IntelliJ IDEA incorrect encoding in console output

It seems to be really crazy, but I can't do anything with broken encoding in the console of my IntelliJ IDEA.

Things I made to overcome this:

  1. Set -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 and -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 in both idea.exe.vmoptions and idea64.exe.vmoptions (I use 64 bit version though).
  2. Added -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 and -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 to run/debug configuration of my application.
  3. Changed Settings > Editor > File encodings IDE Encoding/Project Encoding/Default encoding for property files to UTF-8.

Having all these done, there is still no luck and symbols are not shown correctly in the console. I tried to debug the method and found out that equals to windows-1251. No idea where this value is coming from.

This issue has been bothering me for a long time and I was unable to find anything in the web that could help me.


  • This works for me.

    1. Close your intellij idea
    2. Search and open file idea.exe.vmoptions inside idea installed, for example: "C:\Program Files\JetBrains\IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3.2\bin". After add next line: -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8
    3. (Optional) if you have file idea64.exe.vmoptions, add the same line too.
    4. Start your intellij idea.