How to do a global search/replace across files in Eclipse 3.2The location of this command is not very intuitive. To search and replace in multiple files you need to select "Search" > "File...".
Step by step:
- Select the text in a file
- From the "Search" menu, select "File...". This will bring up the "Search" dialog box.
- At the bottom of the dialog, click "Replace..."
- This will bring up the "Replace" dialog box where you can type in your replacement text and replace individual occurrences or all occurrences.
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#1 Tom commented on 2007-09-23:
I was having trouble finding this. Very useful for large projects.
#2 LindsayStanleyKay commented on 2007-12-21:
I'll second that, cheers! I was about to hunt for some sort of plugin to do global search and replace!
I wonder if there is any way to do refactoring across multiple projects, ie. update import statements, references in dependent projects etc?
#3 Igor Milovanović commented on 2008-06-15:
thanx. that was what i was looking for... sometimes you just need to look a few more seconds :)
#4 asawari commented on 2008-07-09:
Hi...I am developing an application in eclipse rcp.I want to implement this multifile search functionality as is in eclipse in my application.can you help me with what plugins I should use.
#6 jibby commented on 2009-10-29:
why do they try to hide such a useful button? >_<
#7 Wojtek commented on 2009-11-24:
well, Eclipse UX sucks. Thanks for revealing this so hidden (really) functionality
#8 jim pruett commented on 2010-07-22:
'have been using Eclipse for 12months and you have finally shown me how to do File-S/R... Thanks!
#9 Harikrishna commented on 2010-10-13:
Wonderful tip !!
#10 Kamal commented on 2011-08-16:
Thanks for sharing the hidden function in eclipse
#11 Scott commented on 2011-10-13:
Yes thank you :) I was having trouble find it also. I think they might be trying to save us from accidentally replacing content in a ton of files we weren't expecting. A bit of a sanity check before doing the replace. They could accomplish the same thing with a warning message with the number of files that will be affected though :p
#12 Howel commented on 2012-01-11:
thanks so much ! Very useful tools
#15 Meredith Prince commented on 2012-04-16:
Thank you! This was very helpful.
#16 Rakesh Wagh commented on 2012-07-10:
#17 Stephen commented on 2014-12-02:
I've been using Eclipse for two years, and never knew this was there!