Getting Started

To use Helix in production, please download from the list of components below. At minimum, you will need Helix Versioning Engine and a client. We also offer tools for managing Git, code review and collaboration, and a full complement of plugins and SDKs.

Helix Server

To begin using Perforce Helix, you first need to install Helix Versioning Engine. This download provides Versioning Engine and other core server products—Helix Broker and Helix Proxy Server—plus Helix Command Line.

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Helix Versioning Engine

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This download includes our core server products and Helix Command Line. The Helix Versioning Engine provided here accommodates up to 5 users at no charge. Please note the number of available users/workspaces will depend on which Perforce components you use.

Helix Versioning Engine: Stores and manages access to versioned files, tracks user operations and records all activity.

Helix Broker: Implement local policies in a Perforce Helix environment by restricting or redirecting specific commands to other Helix servers.

Helix Proxy: A self-maintaining proxy server that caches versioned files remotely on distributed networks.

Helix Command Line: Provides access to all Perforce features and functions as an interface for scripting and automated operations.

Helix Git Fusion

Helix Git Fusion is a bidirectional connector between Helix Versioning Engine (P4D) and Git. Developers using Git interact with Git Fusion as they would with any Git remote repository.

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It offers a hybrid approach that combines the disconnectedness of Git with the scalability and visibility of Perforce.

Helix GitSwarm

Work locally and scale globally with GitSwarm. It automatically mirrors work into Helix Server. (Note: Upon clicking the “Install” button, please follow the instructions to install GitSwarm and its dependencies.)

Helix GitSwarm: Git Management and Collaboration

A complete Git ecosystem that mirrors work into the Helix mainline repository.

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Helix Clients

Once you've downloaded our Versioning Engine (above), you'll want to get your preferred clients. Our collaboration tools and additional server components are also available below.

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Helix P4V: Visual Client

Provides access to versioned files through a graphical interface and also includes tools for merging and visualizing code evolution.

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Helix P4: Command-Line

Provides access to all Perforce features and functions as an interface for scripting and automated operations.

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Helix P4Merge: Visual Merge Tool

Provides graphical three-way merging and side-by-side file comparisons.

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Helix P4Admin: Helix Administration Tool

Enables system administrators to easily manage and monitor Perforce Helix users and SCM operations.

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Helix Swarm

Helix Swarm is our elegant code review and collaboration tool for Helix repositories. GitSwarm is our project management and collaboration tool for development teams using Git. See "More Info" below for details.

Helix Swarm: Code Review and Collaboration

Swarm provides a powerful platform for development teams to collaborate and review code using their favorite browser.

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Developers can start conversations around code changes, share creative ideas, and help fix bugs quickly.

Helix Server Utilities

You'll find additional server components here, including the Helix Search Tool. Core Helix server components are available above.

Helix Search Tool

Enables content-based search across your Perforce Helix environment. Integrates with Swarm. Allows you to build integrated search into your own tools using a RESTful API.

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Plugins & Integrations

Get plugins for Eclipse, Microsoft Visual Studio, Explorer, Graphical Tools, and Defect Tracking.

P4VS: Plug-in for Visual Studio

Enables you to perform Perforce Helix operations from within the Visual Studio IDE.

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Note: If you are using Internet Explorer, the file you download may have the extension '.zip' instead of '.vsix'. Before using, please rename the file extension back to '.vsix'. Or use a different browser like Chrome, or Firefox. 2013.3 is the last supported release for Visual Studio 2008

P4Eclipse: Plug-in for Eclipse

Access Perforce Helix from within the Eclipse IDE.

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Installing P4Eclipse

You must first uninstall any previous version of P4Eclipse before installing a new version; see the requirements section in the P4Eclipse Release Notes. Next, select and install P4Eclipse from the following update sites:

  • Eclipse 4.5:
  • Eclipse 4.4:
  • Eclipse 4.3:

To install P4Eclipse locally, get the zip file for your installed version of Eclipse:

By installing, you acknowledge you have read and agree to our Terms of Use in their entirety. Please contact Technical Support with any P4Eclipse questions.

P4Connect: Plugin for Unity

Enables you to perform Perforce Helix operations directly from within Unity.

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P4GT: Plug-in for Graphical Tools

Provides seamless access to version control for files from within Adobe Photoshop and Autodesk Softimage, 3ds Max and Maya.

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P4EXP: Plug-in for Windows Explorer

Allows Windows users direct access to Perforce Helix.

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P4SCC: SCC Plug-in

Enables you to perform Perforce Helix operations from within IDEs that support the Microsoft SCC API.

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P4DTG: Defect Tracking Gateway

Allows information to be shared between the Perforce Helix basic defect tracking system and external defect tracking systems.

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P4FTP: FTP Plug-in

Allows FTP-based HTML authoring tools such as Dreamweaver to access files in Perforce Helix depots.

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P4Report: Reporting System

Supports leading tools such as Crystal Reports, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Excel, or any reporting tool that interfaces with an ODBC data source.

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P4Thumb: Thumbnail Generator

Creates thumbnails of graphics files managed by Perforce Helix and stores the thumbnails in P4D for presentation in P4V.

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P4toDB: Perforce Integration with SQL Databases

Replicates Perforce Helix metadata to open source and commercial SQL databases.

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Perforce Helix SDKs and APIs will help you extend and tailor Helix to your environment.

P4API: Perforce C/C++ API

Write your own Perforce Helix tools in C++ with the same interface that is used by all of the Helix client programs.

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Perforce C/C++ API

P4API, the Perforce C/C++ API allows you to write your own Perforce Helix tools in C++. P4API provides you with the same interface that is used by all of the Helix client programs (P4, P4V and Perforce IDE plug-ins).

P4API can be downloaded from the Perforce FTP site in a platform-specific directory for each release. For example, P4API 2015.2 for Linux (x64) can be found here:

P4API.NET: Perforce .NET API

Access Perforce Helix services from within a .NET program.

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P4Java: Perforce Java API

Java-native API for accessing Perforce Helix services from within Java applications, servlets, plug-ins, and other Java contexts. The distribution includes JAR files for the API.

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P4Python: Perforce API for Python

Allows you to write Python scripts that directly execute Perforce Helix commands.

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A note for Windows users: P4Python can be installed via pip starting with version 2015.1. Simply run the command 'pip install p4python'.

P4Perl: Perforce API for Perl

Allows you to write Perl scripts that directly execute Perforce Helix commands.

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P4PHP: Perforce API for PHP

Allows you to write PHP scripts that directly execute Perforce Helix commands.

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P4Ruby: Perforce API for Ruby

Allows you to write Ruby scripts that directly execute Perforce Helix commands.

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