I'm relatively new to Salesforce and have gone through a tutorial creating a lightning component, using the web based developer console.

I would like to open the component with the Force.com IDE that I just downloaded and setup. If I cannot open the existing code, creating new code is OK.

However I can't see any way to open existing code, or create a lightning .cmp file.

force.com ide new menu

How do I open an existing project or create a new lightning component project?

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    First go to New > Force.com Project From there you should be able to select the lightning components. If you want to start with a package.xml file for the retrieval, you should check out this link
    – martin
    Dec 8, 2015 at 5:20
  • @martin Thanks, so the 'New' menu isn't going to overwrite my online code, just open it?
    – Jim W
    Dec 8, 2015 at 5:30
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    Don't worry, each project that you create will store a new local copy of your metadata. Changes won't be made in Salesforce itself unless you choose to sync with server.
    – martin
    Dec 8, 2015 at 5:33
  • Yes, I just installed the latest version - Neon, and updated jre to v8, and lightning plug, but I met the same issue. I can now open an existing Aura file but can`t create a lightning bundler on IDE. Does your ide can create it now?
    – Leisure
    Oct 13, 2016 at 6:46
  • @Leisure sorry I don't know about the latest version, it worked when I was doing it with the old version. You can always create lightning components online, and open them with the IDE I would think.
    – Jim W
    Oct 13, 2016 at 20:21

2 Answers 2


Use https://atom.io/ IDE

Steps to install mavensmate plugin in ATOM tool. https://atom.io/packages/mavensmate-atom and open org in atom tool and save your workspace.

Yes As suggested by @Martin For eclipse

Open your project in eclipse. In your project open package.xml

You can add using below code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Package xmlns="http://soap.sforce.com/2006/04/metadata">

Save file and take refresh from server. You can see aura folder is created with all lightning component.

Thanks to @martin

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  • Thanks, it worked but what wasn't clear (for others), is you right click on the package->Force.com->Refresh from server
    – Jim W
    Dec 8, 2015 at 18:22
  • For others embarking on this - Force.com IDE just butchered my files on the server because of 'an error' during synchronization. Frankly the point of using Force.com IDE was for debugging APEX but now I find I cannot do that without paying extra. So really all the IDE does is provide local backup, but it seems dubious at that job too....
    – Jim W
    Dec 8, 2015 at 19:33

This worked for me

?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> * AuraDefinitionBundle 35.0

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