Open a profile folder

When you want to start working in Forge, you will first need to open a profile folder (i.e. the working directory containing your profiles). When you select an item from your recent documents, Forge will automatically open its associated profile folder. In any other case click Open Profile Folder... and select your working directory.


Note that although Forge allows you to select any folder, it would be a very bad idea to select a general folder like “C:/Documents” as your profile folder. If you don’t have a specific folder for your project, please create one. For example, let’s open my profile folder called MyForgeProject. By default subdirectories are not included. Select this option to include all subdirectories of the selected folder. This may be convenient if you want to organize your profiles in separate folders, but still want to be able to edit them in the same project. On the other hand, if you have a subdirectory containing old versions of your profiles, it would be better to ignore the subdirectory.


Click Select Folder to open your folder. Now Forge will show you all profiles and extensions contained in your folder.


When there’s a lot of content in your folder, you may want to use one of the available filters to filter on structure type (e.g. StructureDefinition), category (e.g. profile or extension) or resource type (e.g. Patient ).

You can also switch views. By default the List view is shown, showing all content in the folder and all its subdirectories (when these are included). The Folders view allows you to browse the subdirectories one by one as if you’re using your file explorer.

Select one of the structure definitions from the content list and choose Open to open it in Forge. Choose New to add new structure definitions to your project. Note that they will not be saved automatically. To add a newly created structure definition to your project, select Save and save it to your profile folder. Use the Refresh button to update the content list.

In the Session Explorer, you can choose Open to open another profile folder. Note that this will not automatically close your current profile folder. To close a profile folder, select the folder in the Session Explorer and select Close. Or select a single item in your project to close.