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Project and IDE Settings

There are two types of settings that define your preferred environment:

  • Project Settings, that apply to a specific project.
  • IDE Settings, that are common for all projects and refer to the project-independent aspects.

In this topic:

Project Settings

Project settings are stored with each specific project as a set of xml files under the .idea folder. If you specify the default project settings, these settings will be automatically used for each newly created project.

IDE Settings

IDE settings are stored in the dedicated directories under the product home directory, depending on the platform. The product home directory name is composed of the product name and version.

For IntelliJ IDEA Community edition the folder name is .IdeaICXX.

For example:

Windows
  • <User home>\.IntelliJIdeaXX\config that contains user-specific settings.
  • <User home>\.IntelliJIdeaXX\system that stores IntelliJ IDEA data caches.

<User home> in WindowsXP is C:\Documents and Settings\<User name>\; in Windows Vista it is C:\Users\<User name>\

Linux
  • ~/.IntelliJIdeaXX/config that contains user-specific settings.
  • ~/.IntelliJIdeaXX/system that stores IntelliJ IDEA data caches.
OS X
  • ~/Library/Application Support/IntelliJIdeaXX contains the catalog with plugins.
  • ~/Library/Preferences/IntelliJIdeaXX contains the rest of the configuration settings.
  • ~/Library/Caches/IntelliJIdeaXX contains data caches, logs, local history, etc. These files can be quite significant in size.
  • 9.0+~/Library/Logs/IntelliJIdeaXX contains logs

The config directory has several subfolders that contain xml files with your personal settings. You can easily share your preferred keymaps, color schemes, etc. by copying these files into the corresponding folders on another IntelliJ IDEA installation. Prior to copying, make sure that IntelliJ IDEA is not running, because it can erase the newly transferred files before shutting down.

The following is the list of some of the subfolders under the config folder, and the settings contained therein.

Folder name User Settings
codestyles Contains code style schemes.
colors Contains editor colors and fonts customization schemes.
filetypes Contains user-defined file types.
inspection Contains code inspection profiles.
keymaps Contains IntelliJ IDEA keyboard shortcuts customizations.
options Contains various options, for example, feature usage statistics and macros.
templates Contains user-defined live templates.
tools Contains configuration files for the user-defined external tools.
shelf Contains shelved changes.

Locations of the Config, System, and Plugins directories can be modified in IntelliJ IDEA_home\bin\idea.properties file.

You will need to adjust the following parameters:

  • idea.config.path
  • idea.system.path
  • idea.plugins.path

See Also

Last modified: 12 November 2014
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