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Non-Project Files Protection dialog

This dialog appears when you try to edit non-project files (for example, library sources, external sources, and so on) and protects them against accidental modifications.

One of the typical cases is an attempt to modify a Python file that is placed somewhere with a Python library. PyCharm will protect the library content, restricts editing any file in the related directory, and offers the following options:

These files do not belong to the projectThis area displays a non-project file that you are trying to edit.
I want to edit this file anywaySelect this option to disable protection for the listed files.
I want to edit all files in this directorySelect this option to disable protection for the listed files and all files in the same directory.
I want to edit any non-project file in the current sessionSelect this option to disable protection completely.

All options are effective during the current session, once the IDE is restarted, protection will be re-enabled. Also, you cannot change your decision for a particular file within the current session.

An obvious solution to overcome file protection is to move the target file into a content root.

Editing a non-project file

In PyCharm, content is a collection of files with which you are currently working, possibly organized in a hierarchy of subfolders. The folder which is the highest in this hierarchy is called the content root folder or content root (shown as the Content root icon) for short. A project has at least one content root folder, which by default is the project folder itself.

Last modified: 08 March 2021