Local, Repository, and Incoming Changes
IntelliJ IDEA distinguishes between three categories of changes: Local, Repository, and Incoming.
- Local changes: the changes that you have introduced to your local working copy, but have not yet checked in to the repository.
- Repository changes: The changes that you and other team members have checked into the repository
- Incoming changes: the changes that have been checked into the repository, but that you have not checked out locally yet.
All these types of changes are displayed in the respective tabs of the Version Control tool window. The information on changes is stored in the history cache. Configure the size of this cache and frequency of refreshing information in the General VCS Settings.