PyCharm 2018.3 Help

Creating Empty Files

Generally, all the files that you create when developing applications are template-based. However, sometimes you may want to create empty files.

Creating an empty file

  1. Do one of the following:
    • In the Project Tool Window, select the directory or package in which you want to create a new file, and then choose File | New on the main menu.

    • Right-click the corresponding directory or package and select New from the context menu.

    • Press Alt+Insert.

  2. In the New File dialog, in the field under Enter a new file name, type the file name and extension.

    You can specify the whole directory structure prepending the new file name. If the nested directories do not yet exist, they will be created:

    new file
  3. If the extension you have specified is not associated with any of the file types recognized by PyCharm, the Register New File Type Association dialog is displayed.

    cl register filetype
    In this dialog, you can associate the extension with one of the recognized file types. To do that, select the file type under Open matching files in PyCharm and click OK. As a result, the extension is associated with the specified file type.

  4. Click OK.

    If the names of non-existent sub-directories were specified before the new file name, the whole structure will be created under the target directory:

    new file with subdir
Last modified: 10 December 2018

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