AppCode 2018.1 Help

Project and IDE Preferences

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There are two types of settings that define your preferred environment:

  • Project Preferences, that apply to a specific project. They are marked with current project icon In the Settings/Preferences dialog (N/A) .

  • IDE Preferences, that are common for all projects and refer to the project-independent aspects.

Project Preferences

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 current project icon in the Settings/Preferences dialog.

IDE Preferences

IDE settings are stored in the dedicated directories under AppCode home directory. The AppCode directory name is composed of the product name and version.

For example:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/appCodeXX contains the catalog with plugins.

  • ~/Library/Preferences/appCodeXX contains the rest of the configuration settings.

  • ~/Library/Caches/appCodeXX contains data caches, logs, local history, etc. These files can be quite significant in size.

  • ~/Library/Logs/appCodeXX contains logs.

Locations of directories

The 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 AppCode installation. Prior to copying, make sure that AppCode 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 Preferences


Contains code style schemes.


Contains editor colors and fonts customization schemes.


Contains user-defined file types.


Contains code inspection profiles.


Contains AppCode 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 config, system, and plugins directories can be modified in file. For more information, see Configuring platform properties.

Last modified: 19 September 2019