Selecting a project
After completing the one-time installation and license activation, you will be taken straight to the startup wizard each time you start Burp. The first step in the wizard is to select or create a Burp project to work with.
You can choose from the following options:
- Temporary project - This option is useful for quick tasks where your work doesn't need to be saved. All data is held in memory, and is lost when you close Burp.
- New project on disk - This creates a new project that will store its data in a Burp project file. This file will hold all of the data and configuration for the project, and data is saved incrementally as you work. You can also specify a name for the project. Note that you can rename a project later via the Burp menu.
- Open existing project - This reopens an existing project from a Burp project file. A list of recently opened projects is shown for quick selection. By default, when you open an existing project, any ongoing automated tasks will initially be paused. This is to avoid sending any unintentional requests to previously configured targets. You can deselect this option if preferred.
Opening a project from a different Burp installation
If you open an existing project that was created by a different installation of Burp, Burp will prompt you to decide whether to take full ownership of the project.
This decision is needed because Burp stores an identifier within the project file that is used to retrieve any ongoing Burp Collaborator interactions that are associated with the project. If two instances of Burp share the same identifier in ongoing work, then some Collaborator-based issues may be missed or incorrectly reported. You should only take full ownership of a project from a different Burp installation if no other instance of Burp is working on that project.