Commit Changes Dialog
VCS | Commit Changes
View | Tool Windows | Version Control - Local Changes - Context menu of a file or a changelist - Commit Changes
Use this dialog box to commit (check in) changes from the selected changelist to the repository and, optionally, to create a patch file.
This dialog box consists of several areas:
- Modified files pane
- Commit Message pane
- VCS-specific controls
- Before Submit / Before Commit section
- After Submit / After Commit section
- Diff pane
- Submit / Commit button
The options available in this dialog depend on the version control system you are using.
Modified files pane
This section contains a list of files that have been modified since the last commit. Deselect the check-boxes next to the files that you want to exclude from current commit.
|Item||Tooltip and Shortcut||Description||Available in|
|Show Differences |
|Click this button to open the Differences dialog box that highlights the differences between your local working copy of the selected file and its repository version.||All VCSs|
| Refresh Changes |
|Click this button to reload the Changed files tree view so it is up-to-date.||All VCSs|
|Show Unversioned Files||Click this button if you want to see newly added files that have not been added to version control yet under the Unversioned Files node.||ALl VCSs|
| Add to VCS |
|Click this button to move the files selected under the Unversioned Files node to the active changelist, so that they are added to your version control system during the commit.||All VCSs|
|Move to Another Changelist |
|Click this button to add the selected file(s) to another changelist. The Move to Another Changelist dialog box opens where you can select an existing changelist or create a new one.||All VCSs|
|Delete||Click this button to delete the selected file.|
|Ignore||Click this button to leave the selected files unversioned.||All VCSs|
|Revert||Click this button to revert all changes made to the local working copy of the selected files.||All VCSs|
|Jump to source |
|Click this button to open the source code of the selected file in the editor.||All VCSs|
|Revert Unchanged Files||Click this button to revert the files that have not been modified locally.|| Subversion |
|Group by Directory |
|Click this button to toggle between the flat view and the directory tree view.||All VCSs|
| ||Expand or collapse all nodes |
|Click these buttons to expand or collapse all nodes in the directory tree. These buttons are not available in flat view.||All VCSs|
|Change list||N/A||From this drop-down list, select the changelist that contains the modified files to be checked in or included in the patch. The active changelist is selected by default.||All VCSs|
The summary under the modified files pane shows statistics on the currently selected changelist, such as the number of modified, new, deleted and unversioned files. This area also shows how many files of each type are shown, and how many of them will be committed.
Commit Message pane
In this area, enter a comment to the current commit. You cannot commit your changes until you enter some description in the Commit Message field.
This comment will also be used as the name of the patch file, if you decide to create a patch.
|Icon and Tooltip||Shortcut||Description|
|Commit Message History||Ctrl+M||Click this icon to invoke the Commit Message History dialog that contains a list of your twenty-five last commits and the corresponding commit messages.|
The controls in this section are located in the top-right part of the dialog, and contain the options that are specific for the version control system you are using.
|Author||Use this drop-down list to select the author of the changes that you are going to commit. This may be useful when you are committing changes made by another person.||Git|
|Amend commit||Select this checkbox to replace the previous commit with the current changes (see Git Basics: Undoing Things for details).||Git, Mercurial|
|Sign-off commit|| Select this option if you want to sign off your commit, i.e. to certify that the changes you are about to check in have been made by you, or that you take the responsibility for the code in question. |
When this option is enabled, the following line is automatically added at the end of the commit message: Signed off by: <username>
|Keep files locked||Select this checkbox to keep the changed files locked after they are checked in.||Subversion|
These controls are available only if you select the Enable Perforce Jobs Support checkbox on the Perforce settings page.
Use the controls in this area to search for Perforce jobs, link jobs to the selected changelist, and detach the currently linked jobs.
The list box in the bottom of the area displays the jobs that are currently attached to the selected changelist.
Before Submit / Before Commit section
Use the controls in this area to define which additional actions you want IntelliJ IDEA to perform before committing the selected files.
These controls are available for the following version control systems:
|Reformat code||Select this checkbox to perform code formatting according to the Project Code Style settings.|
|Rearrange code||Select this checkbox to rearrange your code according to the arrangement rules preferences.|
|Optimize imports||Select this checkbox to remove redundant import statements.|
|Perform code analysis||Select this checkbox to run code inspection on the files you are about to commit.|
|Check TODO (<filter name>)||Select this checkbox to review the TODO items matching the specified filter. Click the Configure link to choose an existing TODO filter, or open the TODO settings page and define a new filter to be applied.|
|Cleanup||Select this checkbox if you want to automatically apply the current inspection profile to the files you are going to commit.|
|Update copyright||Select this checkbox to add or update a copyright notice according to the selected copyright profile - scope combination.|
|Revert unchanged files|| Select this checkbox to revert the files that have not been modified. |
This option is only available for Perforce.
After Submit / After Commit section
Use the controls in this area to define which additional actions you want IntelliJ IDEA to perform after committing the selected files.
|Run tool||From this drop-down list, select the external tool that you want IntelliJ IDEA to launch after the selected changes have been committed. You can select a tool from the list, or click the Browse button and configure an external tool in the External Tools dialog box that opens.||All VCSs|
|Upload files to||From this drop-down list, select the server access configuration to use for uploading the committed files to a local or remote host, a mounted disk, or a directory. To suppress uploading, choose None. To add a server configuration to the list, click and fill in the required fields in the Add Server dialog that opens.||All VCSs|
|Always use selected server|| Select this checkbox to always upload files to the selected server access configuration. |
The drop-down list and the checkbox are only available if the Remote Hosts Access plugin is enabled.
|Tag committed files||Select this checkbox to assign a tag to the committed files and type the name of the tag. To replace a previously assigned tag with a new one, select the Override existing tags option.||CVS|
|Auto-update after commit|| Select this checkbox to automatically update your project after the commit. Enabling this option will help prevent your working copy against the mixed-revision state. |
The mixed-revision state of a working copy may affect the Move and Rename refactoring applied to folders, in which case items in revisions different from the moved subtree root will be tracked separately, which can be confusing.
When the Auto-update after commit option is enabled:
The Diff pane is hidden by default. To unfold it, click the arrow button next to the pane title.
In this pane you can explore the differences between the base repository version of the selected file, and the version you are about to commit.
|Item||Tooltip and Shortcut||Description|
|Previous Difference / Next Difference Shift+F7 F7||Use these buttons to jump to the next/previous difference. |
When the last/first difference is hit, IntelliJ IDEA suggests to click the arrow buttons F7/Shift+F7 once more and compare other files, depending on the Go to the next file after reaching last change option in the Differences Viewer settings.
This behavior is supported only when the Differences Viewer is invoked from the Version Control tool window.
| ||Compare Previous/Next File |
| Click these buttons to compare the local copy of the previous/next file with its update from the server. |
These buttons are only available when there is more than one file in the selected changelist.
| Jump to Source |
|Click this button to open the selected file in the active pane in the editor. The caret will be placed in the same position as in the Differences Viewer.|
|Viewer type|| Use this drop-down list to choose the desired viewer type. The side-by-side viewer has two panels; the unified viewer has one panel only. |
Both types of viewers enable you to
|Whitespace||Use this drop-down list to define how the differences viewer should treat white spaces in the text. |
|Highlighting mode||Select the way differences granularity is highlighted. |
The available options are:
|Collapse unchanged fragments||Click this button to collapse all unchanged fragments in both files. The amount of non-collapsible unchanged lines is configurable in the Diff & Merge settings page.|
|Synchronize scrolling||Click this button to scroll both differences panes simultaneously. If this button is released, each pane can be scrolled independently.|
|Disable editing||Click this button to enable editing of the local copy of the selected file, which is disabled by default. When editing is enabled, you can make last-minute changes to the modified file before committing it.|
|Editor settings||Click this button to open a drop-down list of available options. Select or clear these options to show or hide line numbers, indentation guides, white spaces, and soft wraps.|
|Show diff in external tool||Click this button to invoke an external differences viewer, specified in the External Diff Tools settings page. |
This button only appears on the toolbar when the Use external diff tool option is enabled in the External Diff Tools settings page.
|Click this button to show the corresponding help page.|
Note that the options listed above are available for text files only. IntelliJ IDEA cannot compare binary files, so most commands will be unavailable for them.
Submit / Commit button
Click this button to commit the selected files, or hover your mouse over this button to display one of the following available commit options:
- Commit and Push: select this option to push the changes to the remote repository immediately after the commit. This option is available if you are using Git or Mercurial as a version control system.
- Create MQ Patch: select this option to create an MQ patch based on your changes. This option is only available if you are using Mercurial as a version control system.
- Create Patch: select this option if you want IntelliJ IDEA to generate a patch based on the changes you are about to commit. In the Create Patch dialog that opens, type the name of the patch file and specify whether you need a reverse patch.
- Remote Run: select this option to run your personal build. This option is only available when you are logged in to TeamCity. Refer to TeamCity plugin documentation for details.