Empty module


Hey all

While it's possible to create an empty project, it's not possible to create an empty module.  For example, I would like to create a module to develop Terraform templates, but I can't do that.

The way I do it now is to create a Java module and then remove the src folder.  But that seems a bit of a weird way to handle this use case.  


Static Web module has no source roots.


Serge Baranov

There is no "Static Web" module in idea 2020.x


Could you please make it possible to add empty modules?


There is "Empty project" module type in 2020.2: https://i.imgur.com/ZQP9lOp.png


Konstantin Annikov I'm sorry but I don't have it here:




IntelliJ IDEA 2020.2.3 (Ultimate Edition)
Build #IU-202.7660.26, built on October 6, 2020
Runtime version: 11.0.8+10-b944.34 x86_64
VM: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o.
macOS 10.15.7


What's more - Idea always seems to be creating ".iml" file instead of prefering '.idea' directory...



Wojtek  you can use the JavaScript module type.


OK, but it would be nice to have dedicated "Empty module" (that would default to `.idea` directory configuration)...


Empty project creates a new project with no modules at all, you would still need to have at least one module added to work with files and define the content roots.

I have Empty Project choice in New Project wizard which creates a new project with no modules.


The thing is I aiming at Empty **MODULE** (I can get empty project)? Why? Idea dosn't support all possible project types.


In my case - I have "docker compose" project (this is overstating by a big margin) but I do have compose file + some Dockerimg and associated files. Idea doesn't provide dedicated module type for it so it would be sane to provide just "empty/generic" project for those type of things. And it's impossible to add those sorces as dedicated module without defining module type.



I can suggest you to create your own project/module template and use it to create a custom set of files as a module. 

More information in docs: https://www.jetbrains.com/help/idea/saving-project-as-template.html 


Thanks for the hint about custom tempate and the link (voted)


In IntelliJ 2020.2, empty template doesn't work for me. After creating a new empty module, I'm getting this error:

"Error adding module to project: java.IOException: Directory is invalid /path/to/content/root/root0/"

I tried creating root0 myself by hand, but then it looks for "root1" and so on.

Steps to reproduce:

1. Create an empty project in IntelliJ.

2. Tools > Save Project as Template

3. Open another project, then create a new module from that template.




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