Eclipse projects not showing up after placing project files in workspace/projects


I've searched for 2 days and can't find anything. I find things that are close, but not what I need.

I got a new computer recently and copied all of my projects over to my new computer.

I opened Eclipse and generated a workspace, which I then closed out of Eclipse and copied my projects into the workspace/projects folder.

I reopen Eclipse and my projects do not show up at all in the package explorer.

I know that I have the correct folders in the correct directory.

The closest thread I found to this is: Eclipse - Import an existing project?

but even that didn't help, my projects already meet that...

I have tried refreshing, reopening, fooling with working sets, etc...

This question is tagged with eclipse project explorer projects invisible

~ Asked on 2011-12-30 21:29:33

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Just because you have a project inside the workspace directory doesn't mean Eclipse opens it or even sees it automatically. You must use File - Import - General - Import existing project into workspace to have your project in Eclipse.

~ Answered on 2011-12-30 21:33:42


For Juno: (With Source in E:\workspace and destination in C:\workspace)

  1. Copy project directory in its entirety to the workspace directory. (e.g. Copy E:\workspace\HelloWorld C:\workspace\helloWorld)

  2. Start Eclipse.

  3. Perform: File --> Import

  4. Select: General -- > "Existing Project into Workspace"

  5. "Next >"

  6. Check "Select root Directory"

  7. Select with "Browse Button"

  8. Select "C:\workspace"

  9. A list of existing projects will appear. Just check the ones that are in Bold (To Be Imported) then press the "Finish" button.

Review the Package Explorer and your copied projects should now be there.

~ Answered on 2012-10-24 17:39:00

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