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Admin Manage Preferences

Overview

This guide describes how to set up an application preferences through configuration files without even booting it up.

Locating preference files

Preference files have the extension .prefs and can be found in the workspace directory under the following path: .metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.core.runtime/.settings

You might not find a preference file you are interested in, if it has not been created yet. In this case, you will need to create one yourself. See the examples below to figure out which preference file you need.

Importing and Exporting workspace configuration

You can easily import and export your workspace configuration. Follow the steps below to perform these actions:

  1. Go to File -> Import (for importing) or Export (for exporting).
  2. In the opened window, select DBeaver, then choose Preferences from the nested menu.
  3. In the new window:

    • For importing, navigate to the location where the configuration file is stored, select the file, and click Finish.
    • For exporting, choose the destination where you want to save the configuration file, and click Finish.
  4. If you are importing, DBeaver will prompt you to restart the application to apply the changes. Confirm the restart to complete the import process.

Reading and modifying preference files

Preference files consist of key-value pairs glued together with = and separated with a line break:

# file org.jkiss.dbeaver.test.prefs
some.key=value1
some.other.key=value2

Preferences

You can place the following preferences in the org.jkiss.dbeaver.core.prefs file:

Default navigator view for new connections

NameTypeDefault ValueAllowed ValuesDescription
navigator.settings.default.presetstringsimplesimple, advancedSets the default view mode for a new connections.
Do not specify this preference if you want to configure a custom preset.
navigator.settings.default.showSystemObjectsbooleanfalsetrue, falseControls whether system objects must be shown.
Used if preset is not specified.
navigator.settings.default.showUtilityObjectsbooleanfalsetrue, falseControls whether utility objects must be shown.
Used if preset is not specified.
navigator.settings.default.showOnlyEntitiesbooleanfalsetrue, falseControls whether only schemas and tables must be shown.
Used if preset is not specified.
navigator.settings.default.mergeEntitiesbooleanfalsetrue, falseControls whether all tables must be shown in a single list (without any catalog or database).
Used if preset is not specified.

For more information, please see Simple and Advanced View.

Miscellaneous navigator settings

NameTypeDefault ValueAllowed ValuesDescription
navigator.settings.default.connectionPattern string host_or_database expression with variables Pattern for new connections title.
navigator.show.folder.placeholders boolean true true, false Displays placeholders for special folders. Show special folders (e.g. Scripts) even if they were not created yet.
navigator.sort.case.insensitive boolean true true, false Sorts items in case-insensitive mode.
navigator.sort.forlers.first boolean true true, false Shows folders first.

Default transaction settings

NameTypeDefault ValueAllowed ValuesDescription
transaction.smart.commit boolean false true, false Enables smart commit mode.
transaction.smart.commit.recover boolean true true, false Returns to auto-commit mode after transaction end.
transaction.auto.close.enabled boolean false true, false Automatically ends (rollback) transaction after idle period.
transaction.auto.close.ttl integer 900 integer value Timeout before transaction close.
transaction.show.notifications boolean true true, false Shows transaction and notification.

Metadata settings

Name Type Default Value Allowed Values Description
database.meta.separate.connection string DEFAULT ALWAYS, NEVER Controls whether to open a separate connection for metadata read.
Do not specify this preference if you want to use default settings.
database.meta.casesensitive boolean false true, false Specifies the usage of case-sensitive names in DDL statements.
database.props.expensive boolean true true, false Enables display of row count for tables.
database.meta.server.side.filters boolean true true, false Enables filtering on the server side.

Query manager settings

Name Type Default Value Allowed Values Description
qm.queryTypes string USER, USER_FILTERED, USER_SCRIPT USER, USER_FILTERED, USER_SCRIPT,
UTIL, META, META_DDL
View for different query types.
qm.objectTypes string session,txn,query session,txn,query Displays different object types. txn - Transactions.
qm.maxEntries integer 200 integer value Number of entries displayed per page.
qm.storeLogs boolean false true, false Enables the saving of logs.
qm.logDirectory string workspace directory string value Folder location for saving logs.
qm.historyDays integer 90 integer value Number of days for storing logs.

Database Navigator settings

Name Type Default Value Allowed Values Description
navigator.show.connection.host boolean true true, false Displays the connection host name.
navigator.show.objects.description boolean false true, false Displays the objects description.
navigator.show.statistics.info boolean true true, false Displays the statistics info.
navigator.show.node.actions boolean true true, false Displays the actions icons.
navigator.show.folder.placeholders boolean true true, false Displays placeholders for special folders.
navigator.sort.forlers.first boolean true true, false Displays folders first.
navigator.sort.case.insensitive boolean false true, false Orders elements alphabetically.
navigator.color.nodes.all boolean false true, false Sets connection color for all elements.
navigator.show.objects.tips boolean true true, false Displays object brief information.
navigator.show.tooltips boolean true true, false Displays information about connection in a tooltip.
navigator.show.tooltips.file.contents boolean false true, false Allows to show a description for a node.
navigator.object.doubleClick string EDIT EXPAND The behavior of double-clicking on the node.
navigator.connection.doubleClick string EXPAND EDIT,
CONNECT,
SQL_EDITOR,
SQL_EDITOR_NEW
The behavior of double-clicking on the connection.
navigator.object.defaultEditorPage string "" default.object.editor,
org.jkiss.dbeaver.ui.editors.data.DatabaseDataEditor,
org.jkiss.dbeaver.erd.ui.editor.ERDEditorEmbedded
Defines which editor will open upon double-clicking: the Properties Editor (default.object.editor), the Data Editor (org.jkiss.dbeaver.ui.editors.data.DatabaseDataEditor), or the ERD Editor (org.jkiss.dbeaver.erd.ui.editor.ERDEditorEmbedded).
navigator.expand.on.connect boolean false true, false Expands navigator tree on connect.
navigator.restore.filters boolean false true, false Determines whether navigator filters should be restored upon reopening.
navigator.long.list.fetch.size integer 5000 integer values Determines nodes limit for Navigator tree.
navigator.restore.state.depth integer 0 integer values Restores the navigator expanded state up to a certain depth.

Error Logs settings

Name Type Default Value Allowed Values Description
logs.debug.enabled boolean true true, false Enables debug logs.
logs.debug.location string ${workspace}/.metadata/dbeaver-debug.log string values Location of the log file.
logs.files.output.maxSize integer 10485760 integer values Maximum log file size (KB).
logs.files.output.maxCount integer 3 integer values Maximum backup log files count.

User Interface settings

Name Type Default Value Allowed Values Description
ui.auto.update.check boolean true true, false Enables automatic updates check.
platform.language string en en, zh_CN, ru, fr, de,
it, ja, es, pt, ko, zh_TW,
Platform language setting.
java.client.timezone string operating system time zone time zones Time zone setting.
notifications.enabled boolean true true, false Determines whether notification popups are allowed to appear.
notifications.closeDelay integer 3000 integer values Defines the timeout (in ms) before a notification will disappear.

SQL Editor settings

Name Type Default Value Allowed Values Description
database.editor.separate.connection string DEFAULT ALWAYS, NEVER Opening a separate connection for each editor.
database.editor.connect.on.activate boolean true true, false Connects on editors activation.
database.editor.connect.on.execute boolean false true, false Connects on query execution.
SQLEditor.autoSaveOnChange boolean false true, false Auto-saves after any modifications.
SQLEditor.autoSaveOnClose boolean false true, false Auto-saves editor on close.
SQLEditor.autoSaveOnExecute boolean false true, false Saves editor on query execution.
SQLEditor.autoSaveActiveSchema boolean true true, false Saves/restores active schema.
SQLEditor.resultSet.closeOnError boolean false true, false Closes results tab on error.
SQLEditor.resultSet.replaceCurrentTab boolean true true, false Replaces active result tab on single query execution.
SQLEditor.resultSet.orientation string HORIZONTAL VERTICAL Result view orientation.
SQLEditor.outputPanel.autoShow boolean true true, false Opens output viewer on new messages.
SQLEditor.outputPanel.autoShow integer 20 integer values Sets maximum of result tabs for single query.
SQLEditor.ContentAssistant.auto.activation.enable boolean true true, false Enables SQL Assistant auto-activation.
SQLEditor.ContentAssistant.activate.hippie boolean false true, false Uses Hippie Engine for autocompletion.
SQLEditor.ContentAssistant.auto.activation.delay integer 0 integer values Auto activation delay (ms).
SQLEditor.ContentAssistant.auto.keystrokes.activation boolean true true, false Activates SQL Assistant on typing.
SQLEditor.ContentAssistant.insert.single.proposal boolean true true, false Auto inserts proposal in SQL assistant if there is only one option.
SQLEditor.ContentAssistant.autocompletion.tab boolean true true, false Use Tab for autocompletion in SQL Assistant.
SQLEditor.ContentAssistant.insert.case integer 0 1, 2 SQL Assistant insertion case (1- Upper case, 2 - Lower case).
SQLEditor.ContentAssistant.replace.word boolean false true, false Sets up whether to replace the current word on accepting autocompletion proposal.
SQLEditor.ContentAssistant.proposals.short.name boolean false true, false Uses short object names in SQL Assistant.
SQLEditor.ContentAssistant.show.helpTopics boolean false true, false Shows server help topics in SQL Assistant.
SQLEditor.ContentAssistant.show.values boolean true true, false Proposes values for the given attribute. Note that it can drastically degrade performance when working with large tables, as it selects distinct values.
sql.proposals.insert.table.alias string PLAIN NONE, EXTENDED Inserts table aliases (in FROM clauses).
SQLEditor.format.activeQuery boolean true true, false Enables formatting of the query under cursor only.
script.auto.folders boolean false true, false Creates script folder for each connection.

Data Editor settings

Name Type Default Value Allowed Values Description
resultset.maxrows integer 200 integer values Determines the number of rows fetched from the
database in a single batch.
resultset.autofetch.next.segment boolean true true, false Automatically loads the next data segment
when the current one is fully processed or viewed.
resultset.reread.on.scroll boolean true true, false Refreshes the data when moving to the next page.
resultset.maxrows.sql boolean false true, false Modifies the source SQL query to scroll through or limit results. This is typically achieved using the LIMIT/OFFSET SQL clause.
resultset.order.mode string SMART CLIENT_SIDE,
SERVER_SIDE,
SMART
Specifies the method of sorting
returned query results.
resultset.read.metadata boolean true true, false Retrieves information about the table structure,
specifically the unique keys.
resultset.read.references boolean true true, false Retrieves information about the table structure,
specifically the foreign keys.
resultset.cancel.timeout integer 5000 integer values Defines the duration (in milliseconds) the system
waits before cancelling a non-responsive query.
sql.query.filter.force.subselect boolean false true, false Forces the usage of subqueries when applying
filters to the data.
resultset.column.label.ignore boolean false true, false Prioritizes column names over column labels when
referencing data.
resultset.edit.key.use_all_columns boolean false true, false Forms a virtual composite key using all table columns for data saving. If set to true, this will determine the action taken if a key element is missing. If set to false, no action will be taken when a key element is missing.
resultset.edit.disableIfKeyMissing boolean false true, false Prevents data modification when a primary key is absent. This setting defines the action taken when the assumed primary key is missing.
keep.statement.open boolean false true, false Closes the result set after a selection. To view a cursor column value, the option should be enabled.
resultset.datetime.editor boolean false true, false Enables the advanced datetime editor
in the data editor.
resultset.edit.new.row.after boolean true true, false Places newly inserted rows immediately following the
currently selected row.
resultset.edit.refreshAfterUpdate boolean true true, false Automatically refreshes the data
after making changes.
resultset.filter.use.navigator boolean true true, false Employs filters in the navigator
to refine the displayed data.
resultset.confirm.beforeSave boolean false true, false Displays a prompt asking for a confirmation before
saving changes.
resultset.show.errorDialog boolean false true, false Presents error messages in a separate dialog box.
resultset.mark.cell.value.occurrences boolean false true, false Highlights instances of the selected
cell's value within the data set.
resultset.image.browser boolean true true, false Displays images in the web browser.
resultset.behavior.autoSwitchMode boolean false true, false Allow to switch between Record mode and Grid mode when dealing with single or multiple rows. When set to true, the system will automatically switch modes based on the number of rows selected (Record mode for a single row, Grid mode for multiple rows).
resultset.calc.columnWidthByValues boolean false true, false Displays the description for each column
in the header.
resultset.show.columnDescriptio boolean false true, false Adjusts the width of each column based on the
content of its cells.
resultset.show.connectionName boolean false true, false Displays the name of the connection in the
status section.
resultset.transform.complex.type boolean true true, false Enables the visualization of complex columns (such as objects, structures and arrays).
resultset.show.rightJustifyNumbers boolean true true, false Allows right-justify numbers.
resultset.show.rightJustifyDateTime boolean true true, false Aligns date and time values to the right
side of their respective cells or columns.
resultset.behavior.autoCompleteProposial boolean true true, false Activates the auto-completion feature
in the data filter text field.
resultset.show.oddRows boolean true true, false Marks odd and even rows in the grid.
resultset.show.colorizeDataTypes boolean false true, false Colorized data types in the grid.
resultset.show.attIcons boolean true true, false Displays icons representing the data types of
each column in the grid.
resultset.show.attFilters boolean true true, false Enables the display of attribute filters in
the grid.
resultset.show.attrOrder boolean false true, false Shows asc/desc order icon in column header.
resultset.show.collections.inline boolean false true, false Enables the inline display of collections
within the grid.
resultset.show.boolean.checkbox boolean true true, false Represents boolean values in the grid
as checkboxes.
resultset.show.whitespace.characters boolean false true, false Displays whitespace characters
within the grid.
resultset.grid.value.format string UI EDIT,
NATIVE,
UI
Determines the format in which values are
displayed within the grid.
resultset.grid.value.format integer 30 integer values
(from 0 to 100)
Determines the maximum percentage of width
that a column can occupy in the grid.
resultset.highlight.selectedRows boolean true true, false Enables the highlighting of
entire rows when one or more cells within
those rows are selected.
resultset.hScroll.smooth boolean true true, false Enables smooth scrolling within the DBeaver.
resultset.show.boolean.toggleOnClick boolean true true, false Allows the boolean values to be toggled or switched
between true and false with a single click.
resultset.behavior.inlineEnter boolean false true, false Selects the next cell after the inline edit completed (or finished).
resultset.behavior.doubleClick string INLINE_EDITOR NONE,
EDITOR,
INLINE_EDITOR,
COPY_VALUE,
COPY_PASTE_VALUE
Defines the action taken when a cell in a grid is double-clicked (Options: EDITOR, INLINE_EDITOR, COPY_VALUE, COPY_PASTE_VALUE, NONE).
resultset.show.row.batch.size integer 1 integer values Number of consequent rows with the same background color. Default = 1 means odd/even rows coloring.
resultset.text.tab.size integer 4 integer values Determines tab size in plain text.
resultset.text.max.column.size integer 255 integer values Determines the maximum length of a column's
content when viewing data in plain text.
resultset.text.value.format string EDIT EDIT,
UI,
NATIVE
Determines how plain text values are displayed
in DBeaver.
resultset.text.show.nulls boolean false true, false Shows NULL if this setting is enabled or nothing if disabled.
resultset.text.line.number boolean false true, false Enables the display of line numbers.
resultset.text.delimiter.leading boolean false true, false Enables trailing delimiter in plain text for Grid Representation.
resultset.text.delimiter.trailing boolean true true, false Enables trailing delimiter in plain text for Grid Representation.
resultset.text.delimiter.top boolean false true, false Enables top delimiter in plain text for Grid Representation.
resultset.text.delimiter.bottom boolean false true, false Enables bottom delimiter in plain text for Grid Representation.
resultset.text.extra.spaces boolean false true, false Enables extra spaces in plain text for Grid Representation.
resultset.string.use.content.editor boolean false true, false Opens separate string editor instead of dialog.
resultset.binary.representation string string hex,
base64,
string
Determines the format in which binary data
is displayed.
resultset.binary.editor string EDITOR EDITOR,
PANEL
Enables to change the binary data editor. Choose between EDITOR (dedicated binary data editor) or PANEL (dialog window for viewing/editing binary data).
resultset.binary.stringMaxLength integer 32 integer values
(max: 3200)
Determines the maximum length of binary strings
that can be displayed in the binary editors.
content.memory.maxsize integer 10000 integer values
(max: 1000000000)
Determines the maximum length
of LOB (Large Object) data that
will be kept in memory when
working with binary editors.
content.hex.encoding string UTF-8 All available encodings
from the current JVM
Allows to specify the character encoding used when
interpreting binary data as strings.
hex.font.name string Courier New Courier New, Andale Mono,
Menio, Monaco, PT Mono
Allows to specify the name of the font
to be used in the data editor.
hex.font.style integer 0 0 - Regular, 1 - Bold,
2 - Italic, 3 - Bold Italic
Allows to choose the font style
for the data editor.
hex.font.size integer 10 6 - 14, 16,
18, 22, 32, 72
Allows to choose the font style for
the data editor.
default.hex.width integer 8 4, 8, 16 Allows to choose the default width for
the data editor.
resultset.json.maxObjectMembers integer 200
(max: 2000000000)
integer values Specifies the threshold for collapsing
JSON objects in the data editor.
resultset.json.maxArrayElements integer 200
(max: 2000000000)
integer values Determines the threshold for collapsing arrays
in the JSON data editor.
resultset.json.maxElementNesting integer 4
(max: 400000000)
integer values Determines which objects in JSON
will be collapsed (hidden) if their nesting
level exceeds a specified threshold.
dataformat.type.number.nativeSpecialValues boolean false true, false Instructs the data editor to utilize
the native formatting for special values.
dataformat.type.number.useGrouping boolean false true, false Indicates whether grouping is used to display numbers.
dataformat.type.number.useTypeScale boolean false true, false Uses column/attribute data type scale as minimum fraction digits number.
dataformat.type.number.roundingMode string UNNECESSARY UP, DOWN,
CEILING, FLOOR,
HALF_UP, HALF_DOWN,
HALF_EVEN, UNNECESSARY
Determines the rounding mode used
for numerical values.
dataformat.type.number.minIntegerDigits integer 1 integer values Determines the minimum number
of digits to display for integer values.
dataformat.type.number.minFractionDigits integer 0 integer values Determines the minimum number
of fractional digits displayed.
dataformat.type.number.maxIntegerDigits integer 2147483647 integer values Defines the maximum number of
digits allowed for an integer value.
dataformat.type.number.maxFractionDigits integer 10 integer values Specifies the maximum number
of fraction digits allowed.
dataformat.type.number.groupingSize integer 3 integer values Determines the grouping size for
displaying numeric values.
dataformat.type.timestamp.pattern string yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSSS timestamp format Determines the format for displaying
and editing timestamp data.
dataformat.type.timestamptz.pattern string yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS Z timestamp with
timezone format
Determines the format for displaying
timestamp values with timezone information.
dataformat.type.date.pattern string yyyy-MM-dd date format Determines the format used for
displaying and editing dates.
dataformat.type.time.pattern string HH:mm:ss time format Determines the format used for
displaying and editing time.
dataformat.type.timetz.pattern string HH:mm:ss Z time with
timezone format
Determines the format used for displaying
and editing time with timezone.

The preferences of GIS Viewer from Data Editor you can find in the org.jkiss.dbeaver.data.gis.view.prefs file:

Name Type Default Value Allowed Values Description
gis.view.minZoomLevel integer 0 integer values Determines the maximum level of zoom.
gis.view.maxObjectsRender integer 10000 integer values Determines the maximum number of objects that can be displayed.
gis.view.defaultSRID integer 4326 integer values Determines the default Spatial Reference Identifier (SRID).

Drivers settings

Name Type Default Value Allowed Values Description
ui.drivers.home string path/to/DBeaverData/drivers string values Specifies the local folder for driver storage.
ui.proxy.host string `` string values Identifies the host for the HTTP proxy when downloading drivers.
ui.proxy.port integer 1080 integer values Specifies the port number used by the HTTP proxy during driver downloads.
ui.proxy.user string `` string values Determines the username for accessing proxy during driver downloads.
ui.proxy.password string `` string values Sets the password required for the proxy during driver downloads.
ui.drivers.sources string https://dbeaver.io/files/jdbc/ string values Provides the URL where driver files can be downloaded.
ui.drivers.global.libraries string `` string values Defines the global classpath from which global libraries can be loaded.
ui.drivers.version.update boolean false true, false Determines whether the system checks for new driver versions.

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