PyCharm 2018.1 Help

Save File as Template Dialog

PyCharm helps you create the file templates from the existing files.

ItemDescription
NameSpecify here the name under which the new template will appear in the Files tab of the File and Code Templates settings. By default, the name of the current file is used.
ExtensionSpecify here the extension of the file to be created by this new template. By default, the extension of the current file is used.
Template textEdit the template contents. You can use:
  • Plain text.
  • #parse directives to work with template includes.
  • Custom variables. Variables' names can be defined either directly in the template through the #set directive or during the file creation.

    Note that PyCharm doesn't prompt for the values of Velocity variables defined with #set.

  • Variables to be expanded into corresponding values in the ${<variable_name>} format.

    The following predefined variables can be used in file templates:

    VariableDescription
    ${DATE}Current system date
    ${DAY}Current day of the month
    ${DS}Dollar character ($). This variable can be used to escape the dollar character, so it is not treated as a prefix of a variable.
    ${END}Caret position after you finish editing the variables
    ${HOUR}Current hour
    ${MINUTE}Current minute
    ${MONTH}Current month
    ${MONTH_NAME_FULL}Full name of the current month (January, February, etc.)
    ${MONTH_NAME_SHORT}First three letters of the current month name (Jan, Feb, etc.)
    ${NAME}Name of the new entity (file, class, interface, and so on)
    ${PRODUCT_NAME}Name of the IDE (for example, PyCharm)
    ${PROJECT_NAME}Name of the current project
    ${TIME}Current system time
    ${USER}Login name of the current user
    ${YEAR}Current year

    Treating dollar sign

    • You can prevent treating dollar characters ($) in template variables as prefixes. If you need a dollar character ($ inserted as is, use the ${DS} file template variable instead. When the template is applied, this variable evaluates to a plain dollar character ($).

      Examples:

      • To use some version control keywords (such as $Revision$, $Date$, etc.) in your default class template, write ${DS} instead of the dollar prefix ($).
      • The template code ${DS}this will be rendered as $this.
Reformat according to styleSelect this checkbox, to have PyCharm reformat generated stub files according to the style defined on the Code Style page.

This option is only available in the Files tab.

Enable Live TemplatesSelect this checkbox to use a live template inside a file template. So doing, one has to put the live template fragments into Velocity escape syntax.

For example:

#[[ $MY_VARIABLE$ $END$ ]]#

Thus, one can specify the cursor position. Note that it is required to use the live template variables here!

DescriptionThis read-only field provides information about the template, its predefined variables, and the way they work.
Last modified: 19 April 2018

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