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Tree Structure View

This tutorial is meant to illustrate how the project tree structure view appearance can be modified programmatically. If you need to know more about basic concepts of a project view in IntelliJ-based IDEs, please refer to Exploring The Project Structure of IntelliJ IDEA Web Help.

Series of step below show how to filter out and keep visible only text files and directories in the Project View Panel.


Create an empty plugin project. See Creating a Plugin Project.

Register Custom TreeStructure Provider

Add new treeStructureProvider extension to the plugin.xml

<extensions defaultExtensionNs="com.intellij"> <treeStructureProvider implementation="org.intellij.sdk.treeStructureProvider.TextOnlyTreeStructureProvider"/> </extensions>

Implement Custom TreeStructureProvider

To provide custom Structure View behaviour you need to implement TreeStructureProvider interface.

public class TextOnlyTreeStructureProvider implements TreeStructureProvider { @NotNull @Override public Collection<AbstractTreeNode> modify(@NotNull AbstractTreeNode parent, @NotNull Collection<AbstractTreeNode> children, ViewSettings settings) { return null; } @Nullable @Override public Object getData(Collection<AbstractTreeNode> collection, String s) { return null; } }

Override modify() Method

To implement Tree Structure nodes filtering logic, override modify() method. The example below shows how to filter out all the Project View nodes except those which correspond to text files and directories.

// Copyright 2000-2020 JetBrains s.r.o. and other contributors. Use of this source code is governed by the Apache 2.0 license that can be found in the LICENSE file. package org.intellij.sdk.treeStructureProvider; import com.intellij.ide.projectView.TreeStructureProvider; import com.intellij.ide.projectView.ViewSettings; import com.intellij.ide.projectView.impl.nodes.PsiFileNode; import com.intellij.ide.util.treeView.AbstractTreeNode; import com.intellij.openapi.fileTypes.PlainTextFileType; import com.intellij.openapi.vfs.VirtualFile; import org.jetbrains.annotations.NotNull; import org.jetbrains.annotations.Nullable; import java.util.ArrayList; import java.util.Collection; public class TextOnlyTreeStructureProvider implements TreeStructureProvider { @NotNull @Override public Collection<AbstractTreeNode<?>> modify(@NotNull AbstractTreeNode<?> parent, @NotNull Collection<AbstractTreeNode<?>> children, ViewSettings settings) { ArrayList<AbstractTreeNode<?>> nodes = new ArrayList<>(); for (AbstractTreeNode<?> child : children) { if (child instanceof PsiFileNode) { VirtualFile file = ((PsiFileNode) child).getVirtualFile(); if (file != null && !file.isDirectory() && !(file.getFileType() instanceof PlainTextFileType)) { continue; } } nodes.add(child); } return nodes; } @Nullable @Override public Object getData(@NotNull Collection<AbstractTreeNode<?>> selected, @NotNull String dataId) { return null; } }

Compile and Run the Plugin

Compile and run the code sample from this tutorial. Refer to Running and Debugging a Plugin.

After going through the steps described above you can see only text files and directories belonging to a project in the Project View.

Text Files

Check out plugin source code and build the project to see how TreeStructureView provider works in practice.

Last modified: 16 February 2021