Creating Project using IDE

By | September 2, 2015

In our previous blog, Migrating Salesforce metadata using Changesets, we discussed various methods of Salesforce metadata migration and elaborated upon deployment using changesets.

In this blog we will discuss another tool used for metadata migration in Salesforce i.e. IDE. IDE:

The IDE is a plugin that sits on top of Eclipse framework (it is an open source tool that is used for ease of development), and it has its own release cycle, controlled by


  1. Java SE Runtime Environment 5 (v1.5) or later
  2. Eclipse with IDE plugin installed.

The IDE is an integrated development environment for developing applications on the platform using Apex, Visualforce, and metadata components. It is designed for developers and development teams.

The IDE is built on top of the open-source Eclipse platform, and is available as a plug-in. The platform enables project-based development by using text-based files to represent the various components in a Salesforce organization. These files are easily transported, can be stored and versioned in a source control system.

Creating new project using IDE:


  1. Open Eclipse. Go to File >> Click New >> Select Project.force IDE 1
  2. Enter the following details –
    Project Name – Name of project.
    Username- Salesforce Username
    Password- Salesforce password
    Security Token –Salesforce Org token
    Environment- Salesforce environment i.e. Production/Developer org or Sandbox org.

force IDE 2

  1. Once the authentication is successful, select metadata components to be downloaded in eclipse. It provides four different options. Select any one of them and click ‘Finish’.force IDE 3

Now project gets created in eclipse successfully.

Benefits of IDE:

  1. It provides a comfortable environment for programmers, allowing to code, compile, test, package and deploy all from within the IDE itself.
  2. It provides a way to keep Salesforce Org and project in sync with each other by providing the following options.
    Right Click Project Name => Refresh from Server
    Right Click Project Name => Save to Server

force IDE 4

  1. It provides both options of working i.e. Online or Offline project.

Thus, we have discussed creating project using IDE in Salesforce. In our next blog, we will discuss deploying project in Salesforce Org using IDE.

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