How to identify the unique ID for an item in DOORS database explorer

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How do you identify the unique ID of an item in the IBM Rational DOORS database explorer window?


To restore a backup or work with the data files for an item in DOORS you need to know the unique ID.


Each project, module, and folder in DOORS has a unique ID that identifies the data directory on the server where the data files for that item are stored.

There are two methods to identify the unique ID for DOORS data:

  • DXL script

  • Properties URL

  1. Click to Select the item you need to identify

  2. Click Tools > DXL

  3. Type the following in the DXL input

    print uniqueID getSelectedItem

  4. Click Run
    This script output shows the unique ID of any Rational DOORS item (Project, Folder, Module)

    In the database directory folders are in the format "m<unique ID>.mod"; for example m00000021.mod

  1. Right Click the DOORS item you need to identify

  2. Click Properties...

  3. Click General Tab

  4. Click URL field

  5. Scroll to the end

    The unique ID is the last number in the field; or you can copy and paste the URL to text document

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