IntelliJ IDEA 2019.1 Help

Sources Tab

Use the Sources tab of the Module page to select the supported language level for Java and to configure the module contents.

The module contents are configured by adding and removing the module content roots as well as by assigning individual folders (within the content roots) to categories such as sources and test sources, and also by excluding the folders.

Language level list

Item

Description

Language level

Use this list to select the Java language level for the module. The available options correspond to JDK versions.

You can select the level set for the project (the option <Use project language level>) or set an individual level for the module.

The left-hand pane

The left-hand pane shows a tree of folders for a module content root. If the module has more than one content root, the structure shown corresponds to the content root selected in the right-hand pane.

The folders belonging to different categories have different icons.

The following table lists the available toolbar buttons (the Icon column) and explains their functions (the Description column). Note that the corresponding functions can also be accessed as the context menu commands. These are listed in the Command column.

Most of the icons/commands work as toggles, and can be used to cancel the corresponding assignment (to make a folder "an ordinary folder").

Icon

Command

Description

the Sources root folder

Sources

Use this icon or command to assign the selected folder or folders to the source folder category.

the Tests root folder

Tests

Use this icon or command to assign the selected folder or folders to test sources.

the Resources root folder

Resources

For Java modules: use this icon or command to assign the selected folder or folders to resources.

the Test Resources root folder

Test Resources

For Java modules: use this icon or command to assign the selected folder or folders to test resources.

the Excluded folder

Excluded

Use this icon or command to make the selected folder excluded.

Exclude files. The files and folders whose names match at least one of the specified patterns are made excluded.

The right-hand pane

The right-hand pane shows the module content roots. (A content root is a module root folder. Everything that has something to do with a module is stored within its content roots. A module can have more than one content root.)

For each content root, a categorized view of the module folders is provided. The categories are the source folders, test source folders, and so on.

The "ordinary" folders are not shown in this view.

The individual folders within the categories are identified by their paths. The folder paths are all relative to the module root folder (content root).

The folder paths, functionally, are hyperlinks that let you jump to the corresponding folders in the tree shown in the left-hand pane.

If a module has more than one content root, selecting a content root in the right-hand pane also switches the tree view in the left-hand pane. That is, when you click somewhere within the content root area, the folder structure of this particular content root is shown in the left-hand pane.

The following table lists the controls available in the right-hand pane (icons) and describes their functions.

Icon

Tooltip

Description

the Add Content Root button

Add Content Root

Use this icon to add a content root. Select the folder to be added as a content root in the dialog that opens.

Remove Content Entry

Remove Content Entry

Use this icon to remove the corresponding content root from the list of the content roots.

the Edit Properties button

Edit properties

Available in Java modules for folders marked as containing sources or resources.

Use this icon to open the Edit Root Properties dialog in which you can specify:

  • A package prefix for the selected source folder.

    Specifying the package prefix (for example, com.mycompany.myapp) eliminates the necessity to create the corresponding folder structure (for example, com/mycompany/myapp).

  • An output path for the selected resource folder. See Content roots.

  • Whether the folder contains generated sources or resources (the For generated sources or For generated resources checkbox).

the Unmark button

Unmark

Use this icon to remove the folder from the corresponding category. As a result, the folder becomes "an ordinary folder", that is, not belonging to any specific category.

Last modified: 23 April 2019

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