Sharing Eclipse preferences with your teammates

If you write Java code and works with Eclipse, you probably know that Eclipse allows you to change many of its default preferences, but once you’ve done that you will not want to do it again and again every time you change a computer or when there is a new teammate on your team, right?

Well, Eclipse allows you to export and import these preferences helping you not waste time.

To export you need to do the following:

  1. File -> Export…
  2. Go to the “General” tab and choose the “Preferences” option, click “Next”.
  3. On the next window, leave “Export all” checked.
  4. Choose the destination folder for the file, it will contain a .epf extension.
  5. Click ¬†“Finish”.

Export preferences 1

Export preferences 2

To import you need to do the following:

  1. File -> Import…
  2. Go to the “General” tab and choose the “Preferences” option,¬†click “Next”.
  3. On the next window, leave “Import all” checked.
  4. Choose the source folder for the file, it will contain a .epf extension.
  5. Click “Finish”.

Import preferences 1

Import preferences 2

That’s it, now on all your computers or all your teammates will have the same Eclipse preferences (Margin size, Save Actions, Size of Undo History, File Encoding and many many more).

Thank you for your time and feel free to leave any comments or questions.

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