Windows and views
Xcode has several navigation views types: navigators (shown on the left-hand side), inspectors (on the right-hand side), library views (in the bottom-right corner), and several editor modes. In AppCode, similar navigation views are shown in tool windows or dialogs.
See the tables below to learn how Xcode's navigation views correspond to those in AppCode.
Project navigator ⌘1
Project tool windows Alt+1
Source control navigator ⌘2
Version Control tool window Alt+9
Symbol navigator ⌘3
Structure tool window Alt+7
In Xcode, the Symbol navigator shows symbols in the whole project. In AppCode, the Structure tool window shows symbols only for the current file opened in the editor.
Find navigator ⌘4 | Text, Regular Expression
Find in Files dialog Ctrl+Shift+F
Find navigator ⌘4 | References, Definitions, Call Hierarchy
Find Usages dialog Alt+F7
In Xcode, the Find navigator searches top-level references that match the entered text. In AppCode, Find Usages searches for the symbol under the caret (be it a variable, function, or anything else).
Issue navigator ⌘5
Messages tool window ⌘ 5
Test navigator ⌘6
The test scope can be configured in .
Debug navigator ⌘7 and Debug Area
Debug tool window Alt+5
Breakpoint navigator ⌘8
Breakpoints Ctrl+Shift+F8 and Bookmarks dialogs
Report navigator ⌘9
Messages tool window ⌘ 5
File inspector ⌥⌘1
There is no direct analog for this view, but some AppCode actions can substitute for some of its parts/actions – see below.
File inspector: changing filename and location
Move F6 form the Project tool window Alt+1
File inspector: target membership
Manage targets from the Project tool window Alt+1
File inspector: change encoding
Encoding dropdown on the status bar
File inspector: line endings
File inspector: indents and wrapping
Preferences | Editor | Code Style | <language name>
AppCode also handles indent changing on the fly and suggests changing the indentation or keep it as configured in the file.
Quick Help inspector ⌥⌘2
Quick Documentation popup Ctrl+Q
To open the Quick Documentation popup as a regular tool window, press Ctrl+Q twice.
File template library
Preferences | Editor | File and Code templates
Code snippet library
Preferences | Editor | Live templates
Live templates are AppCode’s version of Xcode snippets, but they are much more powerful than a mere text code snippet.
There are several editor modes in Xcode such as Standard editor, Version editor, and Assistant editor. Let’s take a look at how these modes are connected with the features of AppCode’s editor.
This is the only mode of the AppCode editor right now, and its purpose is basically the same as in Xcode – it’s where you edit your source code.
AppCode also provides many helpful controls on the gutter and scrollbar area of the editor window:
The gutter controls
Code folding controls.
Gutter icons for navigating the code hierarchy, allowing you to jump to overridden methods , super methods , super types , subclasses , and more.
Code structure outlines that appear on placing the caret at curly braces
Run and Run All buttons for Run a single test running test methods and classes.
Regions showing VCS changes.
The scrollbar area controls
Code analysis indicator that shows if the code analysis is currently in progress.
Warning and error positions in the code.
Occurrences of the currently selected code symbols in the code.
Search result marks.
If you hover over one of the marks on the scrollbar area, the code lens will show the code around that mark:
There are some standard editor actions available via pressing Control in Xcode. AppCode doesn’t have direct counterparts for these actions, but most of them can be accomplished in a slightly different way:
Show related items
Recent files popup
In Objective-C, a similar action can be accomplished by navigating to related symbol.
Subclasses, Categories, Protocols, Siblings
Imports Hierarchy for Objective-C
For Objective-C/C/C++, this can be achieved via one of the views of the Hierarchy tool window (Call Hierarchy, Method Hierarchy, or Type Hierarchy).
Navigate to test for Objective-C
Test callers, Preprocess, Assembly, Disassembly, Generated Interface, User interfaces
Show previous/next history
Show top level items/group files
Jump to Navigation bar
Show document items
Structure tool window/File Structure popup/Context Info
There is no such mode in AppCode, but you can edit multiple files side by side.
To split the current tab, right-click the tab header and select Split Right.
To place one tab under another, right-click the tab header and select Split Down.
Most of the Assistant editor functionality is available as various navigation actions in AppCode.
AppCode’s editor highlights changed pieces of code by default and indicates which regions were changed on the gutter:
To compare the current file state with one of the previous revisions, select from the main menu and select the revision with which you want to compare the current file.
AppCode’s analog of the Blame view is the Annotate action, available via Git | Current File | Annotate with Git Blame.
The Git log is available on the Log tab of the Version Control tool window Alt+9.
In AppCode, you can edit plist files as XML, but there is no special tool for creating them.
Distraction free mode
Sometimes you want to just edit the code and be focused on a simple window without many controls catching our attention. In AppCode, you can hide all the toolbars and tool windows. To do this, press Ctrl+Shift+A and search for the Distraction Free Mode.
Xcode has several editor schemes with a larger font that can be used for presentations. AppCode has a presentation mode for this. To enter the presentation mode, select .
Touch Bar support
Like other JetBrains IDEs, AppCode supports the Touch Bar. Configure it in.
AppCode offers several helpful navigation views that are not available in Xcode, such as:
Files: an additional helpful mode for AppCode’s Project tool window Alt+1. It shows all the files inside the directory where the .xcworkspace or .xcproject file is located. Using this view, you can easily open and view any file that is not included in your project. You can also configure your custom scopes to be displayed in the Project tool window.
Bookmarks Shift+F11: a dialog that shows all the bookmarks in your code that you can set with F11.
The TODO tool window shows all the TODO comments in your code.
To learn more about these and other navigation views, see the Code navigation section.
Unlike Xcode, which uses a single area for displaying the source code by default, AppCode displays it in separate tabs.
Enable single-tab behavior
Select None in .
Click the gear icon in the Project tool window Alt+1 and select Navigate with Single Click.
You can also change the tab location in.
IDE and editor themes
Xcode has several editor themes and a single IDE look and feel. AppCode has three bundled IDE themes as well as many custom IDE themes available from our plugin repository.
You can select themes in:
Darcula: a dark theme which is intended to look the same in all JetBrains IDEs. It includes custom controls designed to fit any platform.
IntelliJ Light/macOS Light: these themes are designed to use the native platform look as much as possible.
High Contrast: this theme is useful for people with a vision impairment.
For each IDE theme, you can additionally select the editor color scheme in . AppCode has also several TextMate color schemes bundled and an Xcode scheme to match the colors of the Default Xcode editor theme.
You can also import your custom Xcode themes by clicking inand selecting the dropdown item at .