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Save File as Template Dialog

IntelliJ IDEA helps you create the file templates from the existing files.

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. Their names can be defined right in the template through the #set directive or will be defined during the file creation.
  • Variables to be expanded into corresponding values in the ${<variable_name>} format.

    The available predefined file template variables are:

    • ${PACKAGE_NAME} - the name of the target package where the new class or interface will be created.
    • ${PROJECT_NAME} - the name of the current project.
    • ${FILE_NAME} - the name of the PHP file that will be created.
    • ${NAME} - the name of the new file which you specify in the New File dialog box during the file creation.
    • ${USER} - the login name of the current user.
    • ${DATE} - the current system date.
    • ${TIME} - the current system time.
    • ${YEAR} - the current year.
    • ${MONTH} - the current month.
    • ${DAY} - the current day of the month.
    • ${HOUR} - the current hour.
    • ${MINUTE} - the current minute.
    • ${PRODUCT_NAME} - the name of the IDE in which the file will be created.
    • ${MONTH_NAME_SHORT} - the first 3 letters of the month name. Example: Jan, Feb, etc.
    • ${MONTH_NAME_FULL} - full name of a month. Example: January, February, etc.

    IntelliJ IDEA provides a set of additional variables for PHP include templates, that is, templates of reusable fragments that can be included in other PHP file template. The built-in PHP include templates are intended for generating file headers and PHPDoc documentation comments. The following variables are available in PHP include templates:

    • ${NAME} - the name of the class, field, or function (method) for which the PHPDoc comment will be generated.
    • ${NAMESPACE} - the fully qualified name (without a leading slash) of the class or field namespace.
    • ${CLASS_NAME} - the name of the class where the field to generate the PHPDoc comment for is defined.
    • ${STATIC} - gets the value static if the function (method) or field to generate the comment for is static. Otherwise evaluates to an empty string.
    • ${TYPE_HINT} - a prompt for the return value of the function (method) to generate the comment for. If the return type cannot be detected through the static analysis of the function (method), evaluates to void.
    • ${PARAM_DOC} - - a documentation comment for parameters. Evaluates to a set of lines @param type name. If the function to generate comments for does not contain any parameters, the variable evaluates to empty content.
    • ${THROWS_DOC} - a documentation comment for exceptions. Evaluates to a set of lines @throws type. If the function to generate comments for does not throw any exceptions, the variable evaluates to empty content.
    • ${DS} - a dollar character ($). The variable evaluates to a plain dollar character ($) and is used when you need to escape this symbol so it is not treated as a prefix of a variable.
    • ${CARET} - indicated the position of the caret after generating and adding the comment.

      This ${CARET} variable is applied only when a PHPDoc comment is generated and inserted during file creation. When a PHPDoc comment is created through Code | Generate | PHPDoc block, multiple selection of functions or methods is available so documentation comments can be created to several classes, functions, methods, or fields. As a result, IntelliJ IDEA cannot "choose" the block to apply the ${CARET} variable in, therefore in this case the ${CARET} variable is ignored.

    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 ${DS} file template variable instead. When the template is applied, this variable evaluates to a plain dollar character ($).


      • 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 check box, to have IntelliJ IDEA 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 check box 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.

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Last modified: 5 April 2017