AppCode 2019.3 Help

Configure the IDE

In AppCode, you can configure settings on two levels — the project level and the IDE level.

Project-level settings

The project level settings are applied to the current project only. These settings are stored together with other project files in the .idea directory. You can find the .idea directory selecting the Project Non-Source Files view in the Project tool window.

If your project is under a version control, it is recommended that you store XML files with project-specific settings (the .idea folder inside the project folder) under version control, the exception being workspace.xml and tasks.xml, which store user-specific settings.

You can refer to JetBrains.gitignore on GitHub to see what should be ignored.

The IDE allows configuring both AppCode-specific and Xcode-compatible project settings.

Access the AppCode-specific project settings

  • Select AppCode | Preferences from the main menu.

    Alternatively, press ⌘,, or click the Settings icon on the toolbar.

In the Preferences dialog, project-level settings are marked with the Project configurable icon.

Access the Xcode-compatible project setitngs

  • Select File | Project Settings from the main menu. Alternatively, press ⌘;.

IDE-level (global) settings

The IDE level (global) settings are applied to all newly created projects. The list of the IDE-level settings contains less options, but it enables you to change the editor settings, create custom scopes, configure inspections, set VCS-specific settings, and so on.

If you want to share the IDE settings between already existing projects, you can use the Settings Repository or the Settings Sync plugin. You can also export the settings to a ZIP archive and import it later to other IDE instances. However, note that the settings import may not work correctly if you already use the Settings Repository or the Sync plugin.

Access the IDE-level settings

  • Select File | Other Settings | Preferences for New Projects from the main menu.

Find an option or setting

  1. Open the Preferences ⌘, or Preferences for New Projects (File | Other Settings | Preferences for New Projects) dialog.

  2. In the search field of the dialog, start typing the text that you expect to find in the name of the setting. As soon as the specified text is found, the matching element is highlighted and the corresponding page is displayed.

    Find settings

Restore the default IDE settings

To restore the AppCode default settings, remove the configuration directory idea.config.path when the IDE is not running.


For more information, see AppCode configuration directory.

Monitor the IDE performance

In case of performance issues, you can use the Activity Monitor to see the percentage of time that the CPU is busy processing operations from various subsystems and plugins.

  • From the main menu, select Help | Activity Monitor. It lists all subsystems and plugins that are using the CPU at the moment, and arranges them by how much %CPU they are using.

    Activity Monitor
Last modified: 6 February 2020