RubyMine 2017.2 Help

Project and IDE Settings


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

  • Project Settings, that apply to a specific project. They are marked with /help/img/idea/2017.2/current_project_icon.png in the Settings/Preferences dialog.
  • IDE Settings, that are common for all projects and refer to the project-independent aspects.

Project Settings

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 /help/img/idea/2017.2/current_project_icon.png in the Settings/Preferences dialog.

IDE Settings

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

For example:

  • <User home>\.RubyMineXX\config that contains user-specific settings.
  • <User home>\.RubyMineXX\system that stores RubyMine data caches.

<User home> in WindowsXP is C:\Documents and Settings\<User name>\; in Windows Vista it is C:\Users\<User name>\

  • /.RubyMineXX/config that contains user-specific settings.
  • ~/.RubyMineXX/system that stores RubyMine data caches.
  • ~/Library/Application Support/RubyMineXX contains the catalog with plugins.
  • ~/Library/Preferences/RubyMineXX contains the rest of the configuration settings.
  • ~/Library/Caches/RubyMineXX contains data caches, logs, local history, etc. These files can be quite significant in size.
  • ~/Library/Logs/RubyMineXX 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 RubyMine installation. Prior to copying, make sure that RubyMine 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 nameUser Settings
codestylesContains code style schemes.
colorsContains editor colors and fonts customization schemes.
filetypesContains user-defined file types.
inspectionContains code inspection profiles.
keymapsContains RubyMine keyboard shortcuts customizations.
optionsContains various options, for example, feature usage statistics and macros.
templatesContains user-defined live templates.
toolsContains configuration files for the user-defined external tools.
shelfContains shelved changes.

Locations of the config, system, plugins directories can be modified in file.

RubyMine makes it possible to change the *.vmoptions and the files without editing them in the RubyMine installation folder.

To create an empty file or to copy the *.vmoptions file, choose Help | Edit Custom Properties... or Help | Edit Custom VM Options... from the main menu respectively.

To learn how to change the file, read the section File ''.

Last modified: 26 October 2017

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