I've created a new lightning app in a Winter 15 developer edition org.

I can access it using a URL such as: https://.lightning.force.com//.app

Now I've closed the developer console I want to go back and edit the lightning app some more.

How do I open an existing lightning app in the developer console?

I can't see an option to open an existing lightning app under the open menu item.

Nor can I see an option to open a lightning component directly from the developer console. I did have success from Build > Develop > Lightning Components BETA using the edit link to get into the developer console.

3 Answers 3


Use the new command function Ctrl-Shift-A (File > Open Lightning Resources) to access those files in the Developer Console.

  • Ah, that might be why I can't find it. It freezes the developer console when opened on my tablet. I'll try it again later with a full computer. Commented Oct 15, 2014 at 19:26
  • I've been playing with it today, and it works for me, so I'd assume it's just not tablet friendly.
    – sfdcfox
    Commented Oct 15, 2014 at 21:05
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    Confirmed, it works on a standard PC, but not on my tablet browser. Commented Oct 16, 2014 at 4:36

I don't believe much, if any, testing has been done for doing dev on tablets. That being said, if you could indicate which tablet, OS version, browser, etc. that you've had issues with, it is something we would like to track.



  • I can appreciate why tablet browsers aren't high on the testing priority for the development tools. I was using a Surface 2 tablet running Windows 8.1 during Dreamforce to take notes and do some quick tests for new functionality. The "desktop" browser available was IE 11.0.9600.17351. Using the Open Lightning Resources options caused the browser to hang. Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 7:46
  • I just checked for bugs opened on this and the tools PM opened one. He didn't specify if it was tablet or not, but it was definitely IE-related.
    – Skip Sauls
    Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 20:15

go to app manager,select the app you want to edit, click on the drop down at end of the last column in the app.. the following image illustrates the app edit selection

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    Does that actually open the Developer Console?
    – Adrian Larson
    Commented Aug 31, 2017 at 20:01

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