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Accessing Files on Web Servers

The functionality described on this page and in the entire chapter Working with Web Servers: Copying Files is available only in the Ultimate Edition of IntelliJ IDEA.

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Once you have set up synchronization between your local application sources and the application sources on a server, you can create new folders, move, rename, and delete existing files and folders. You can also compare files and folders on the server with their local versions.

For the sake of simplicity, any file or folder in your IntelliJ IDEA project is called local and any file or folder on the server is called remote, even if the server is actually installed on your machine. For details, see Configuring Synchronization with a Web Server.

Although IntelliJ IDEA supports direct editing of individual non-project files on servers, to keep your local and remote sources synchronized, configure automatic upload using the >Upload changed files automatically to the default server drop-down list in the Options dialog box.

Access to servers is controlled through server configurations of the type FTP, FTPS, SFTP, or Local or Mounted Folder.

Accessing a server

  1. Open the Remote Host tool window by choosing Tools | Deployment | Browse Remote Host or View | Tool Windows | Remote Host on the main menu.
  2. Select the required deployment server from the drop-down list. The tool window shows a tree view of files and folders under the server root. If no relevant server is available in the list, click browseButton.png, and in the Deployment dialog box that opens configure access to the required server.

Handling files and folders on the server

From the Remote Host tool window, you can create, move, rename, and delete files and folders on the server.

To create a folder:
Select the parent directory and choose Create Folder on the context menu.

To remove a file or folder:
Select the required file or folder and choose Delete on the context menu.

To rename a file or folder:
Select the required file or folder in the tree view, choose Rename on the context menu, and specify the new name in the Rename dialog box that opens.

To move a file or folder:

  1. Select the file or folder to move and choose Cut on the context menu.
  2. Select the new parent folder and choose Paste on the context menu. Then confirm the changes in the Move remote Items dialog box that opens.

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Last modified: 18 July 2017