Project and IDE Settings
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There are two types of settings that define your preferred environment:
- Project Settings, that apply to a specific project. They are marked with in the Settings/Preferences dialog.
- IDE Settings, that are common for all projects and refer to the project-independent aspects.
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.
The settings that pertain to a project, are marked with the icon in the Settings/Preferences dialog.
IDE settings are stored in the dedicated directories under IntelliJ IDEA home directory. The IntelliJ IDEA directory name is composed of the product name and version.
For IntelliJ IDEA Community edition the folder name is
<User home>\.IntelliJIdeaXX\configthat contains user-specific settings.
<User home>\.IntelliJIdeaXX\systemthat stores IntelliJ IDEA data caches.
<User home>in WindowsXP is
C:\Documents and Settings\<User name>\; in Windows Vista it is
/.IntelliJIdeaXX/configthat contains user-specific settings.
~/.IntelliJIdeaXX/systemthat stores IntelliJ IDEA data caches.
~/Library/Application Support/IntelliJIdeaXXcontains the catalog with plugins.
~/Library/Preferences/IntelliJIdeaXXcontains the rest of the configuration settings.
~/Library/Caches/IntelliJIdeaXXcontains data caches, logs, local history, etc. These files can be quite significant in size.
Locations of directories
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|
|Contains code style schemes.|
|Contains editor colors and fonts customization schemes.|
|Contains user-defined file types.|
|Contains code inspection profiles.|
|Contains IntelliJ IDEA keyboard shortcuts customizations.|
|Contains various options, for example, feature usage statistics and macros.|
|Contains user-defined live templates.|
|Contains configuration files for the user-defined external tools.|
|Contains shelved changes.|
Locations of the
plugins directories can be modified in
IntelliJ IDEA makes it possible to change the
*.vmoptions and the
idea.properties files without editing them in the IntelliJ IDEA installation folder.
To create an empty
idea.properties file or to copy the
*.vmoptions file, choose or from the main menu respectively.
To learn how to change the
idea.properties file, read the section File 'idea.properties'.