New 4D projects can only be created from 4D Developer (see Developing a project).
Note: 4D Server can open .4DProject files in read-only mode, for testing purposes only. For deployment, 4D projects are provided as .4dz files (zipped files). For more information, please refer to Building a project package.
You can create project databases by exporting existing binary databases. See "Export from a 4D database" on doc.4d.com.
Creating the project files
To create a new database project:
- Launch a 4D Developer application.
- Select New > Database Project... from the File menu: OR
Select Database Project... from the New toolbar button:
A standard Save dialog box appears so that you can choose the name and location of the 4D database project main folder.
- Enter the name of your project folder and click Save.
This name will be used:
- as the name of the main project folder (named "MyFirstProject" in the Architecture of a 4D Project section example),
- as the name of the .4DProject file at the first level of the "Project" folder. You can choose any name allowed by your operating system. Warning: if your database project is intended to work on other systems or to be saved via a source control tool, you must take their specific naming recommendations into account.
When you validate the dialog box, 4D closes the current database (if any), creates a project folder at the indicated location, and puts all the files needed for proper operation of the database project into it. For more information, refer to Architecture of a 4D Project.
Next, the 4D application window is displayed with the Explorer in the foreground. You can then, for example, create project forms or display the Structure editor and add tables, fields, etc.