IntelliJ IDEA 14.1.0 Help

Project Configuration

One of the key differences you'll notice in IntelliJ IDEA is that it doesn't have what is known in Eclipse as a workspace. While in Eclipse you can open a workspace with several (even independent) project in one window, in IntelliJ IDEA you can only open one project per window. Every IntelliJ IDEA project may have several modules though.

The table below compares the terms in Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA:

EclipseIntelliJ IDEA
Workspace Project
Project Module
Facet Facet
Library Library
Classpath variable Path variable

Despite these differences in terms and the UI, you can import either an Eclipse workspace or a single Eclipse project. To do this, click Import Project on the Welcome Screen, or select File | New | Project from Existing Sources in the main menu.

If your project uses a build tool such as Maven or Gradle, we recommend chooseing the corresponding option when prompted in the Import Project wizard, and selecting the associated build file (pom.xml or build.gradle):


If you'd like to import your existing run configurations from Eclipse, consider using this third-party plugin.

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Last modified: 14 July 2015