This page describes how to manage the Cloud SDK in Cloud Tools for IntelliJ. You can either allow the plugin to automatically manage the SDK for you, or you can manage the SDK yourself.
To view the current Cloud SDK configuration:
Select File > Settings.
On the Settings dialog, select Other Settings > Google > Cloud SDK.
If you don't have an SDK configured, then the plugin automatically downloads the latest version of the SDK. It can also periodically check for and install updates.
The plugin checks for the SDK at the following events:
when you install the plugin
when you start IntelliJ
when you deploy your App Engine application
when you start the App Engine standard local server.
When you select the Allow the plugin to manage and install the Cloud SDK option, then Cloud Tools for IntelliJ manages the SDK.
You can also select the Automatically update the SDK checkbox to allow the plugin to update the SDK. If your Cloud SDK is out of date, the Update now button is enabled, so that you can update your SDK immediately.
If you previously configured Cloud Tools for IntelliJ with the Cloud SDK, then it continues to use that SDK.
To continue to manage the Cloud SDK yourself:
On the Cloud SDK page, select the Use a custom local installation option.
Click the ellipsis (...) next to the field and navigate to the Cloud SDK you want to use.
IntelliJ uses the specified SDK. If you want to update your Cloud SDK, you should first download the desired SDK and then select the path to it on this dialog.