How to correctly configure a Kotlin project in IntelliJ IDEA?

You may have to configure your Kotlin project in IntelliJ IDEA, for example for a project that you have imported from Github. Without the correct configuration the project will not compile/run or you may get error messages such as ‘AppKt not found in moduleor your main method cannot be found.

The following steps will configure your GitHub Kotlin project

  1. Configure Kotlin in your project
    1. Tools -> Kotlin -> Configure Kotlin in Project
      How to configure a Kotlin project which was created from an existing GitHub project
    2. If you have more than one module choose all modules otherwise Single module will be fine and choose Use library from plugin
    3. Press OK
       How to configure a Kotlin project which was created from an existing GitHub project
  2. Configure the project settings
    1. Create a directory for the Project compiler output
      1. Right click the project root in the Project Tool Window
        1. Choose New -> Directory
        2. Enter new directory name: out
        3. Press OK
        4. Right click the new out directory in the Project Tool Window and choose Copy Path
          How to configure a Kotlin project which was created from an existing GitHub project
    2. Choose File -> Project Structure
      1. In Project compiler output paste in the out directory Path which was copied in the previous step
      2. Select the JDK 1.8 in Project SDK
      3. Select SDK default in Project language level
        Märge: if you get any Github prompts click cancel
        How to configure a Kotlin project which was created from an existing GitHub project
    3. Select Modules
      1. Right click src directory and set as Sources
      2. Vajuta OK
        Märge: Cancel or choose No for any Github prompts
        How to configure a Kotlin project which was created from an existing GitHub project
  3. Configure Run and Debug for Kotlin
    1. Open the App.kt file or the file which contains the main application entry point method
      Märge: Choose No for any Github prompts
    2. Click the small Kotlin icon to the left of the method
      1. Choose Run ‘AppKt
        How to configure a Kotlin project which was created from an existing GitHub project

Your project configuration is now complete and your Kotlin app should compile and run with no problems.