PhpStorm 2016.2 Help

Getting Help

There are a lot of ways to obtain information about PhpStorm and its features, report issues and get support.

In this section:

Overview

Use the Help menu commands:

ps_help_menu

Menu commands

Menu itemKeyboard shortcutDescription
Find ActionCtrl+Shift+AChoose this command to invoke an action by its name.
Keymap ReferenceChoose this command to see the PhpStorm shortcuts map in PDF format.
Demos and ScreencastsChoose this command to see the PhpStorm demo videos and screencasts on YouTube .
HelpChoose this command to visit PhpStorm online Help topics.
TutorialsChoose this command to open the page of tutorials.
Tip of the DayChoose this command to show an arbitrary tip.

Refer to the section Using Tips of the Day.

Productivity GuideChoose this command to show productivity guide.
Submit FeedbackChoose this command to report your overall impression of PhpStorm to the support service.

Refer to the section Reporting Issues and Sharing Your Feedback.

Show Log in Explorer/FinderChoose this command to find PhpStorm's log.

Refer to the section Reporting Issues and Sharing Your Feedback for details.

Edit Custom PropertiesChoose this command to open the custom file idea.properties, located under the user home. If this file does not exist, PhpStorm suggests to create it.

Refer to the section Tuning PhpStorm for details.

Edit Custom VM Options Choose this command to open the custom file *.vmoptions, located under the user home. If this file does not exist, PhpStorm suggests to create it.

Refer to the section Tuning PhpStorm for details.

Debug Log SettingsChoose this command to change logging level for a category. Choosing this command leads to opening the Custom Debug Log Configuration dialog box, where you have to type the log categories names, separated with new lines.

Refer to the section Reporting Issues and Sharing Your Feedback.

DiagnosticsThis command and the items below it are available only when the Performance plugin is installed and activated. The plugin is bundled with PhpStorm and activated by default. If the plugin is not activated, enable it on the Plugins page of the Settings / Preferences Dialog as described in Enabling and Disabling Plugins.

Use the commands under this menu item to automatically capture snapshots and collect other data related to performance and send this data to JetBrains Support . When you click Diagnostics, a drop-down menu with the following items is displayed:

  • Enable CPU Profiler: choose this option to activate the CPU profiler and capture CPU snapshots. The CPU profiles remains active and the option not available till you restart PhpStorm.
  • Change Memory Settings: choose this option to edit the -Xmx setting and thus increase the heap size (the amount of available memory), see Tuning PhpStorm for details.
  • Execute Performance Script: choose this option to run special predefined scenarios with the CPU profiler enabled. After a scenario is executed it generates a CPU snapshot that can be used by the support team to analyze your performance issue.
  • Profile Indexing: when you choose this option, CPU profiler is active and captures a CPU snapshot from the moment you reopen the current project till the moment indexing is completed. The snapshot can be used by the support team to analyze a performance issue that arize during indexing.
  • Show Performance Summary: choose this option to collect most relevant information that can affect performance and at the same time does not reveal any private info about the current project and the current file.
Learn more at Performance testing plugin in PhpStorm
Settings Summary Choose this command to collect the PhpStorm settings and show all sorted by category so it is easy to locate the settings that are related with a specific problem (debugger, or deployment, or something else does not work) and send this summary to JetBrains Support . To open a request form, click Open Support Request in the dialog box that opens.

This command is available only when the Performance plugin is installed and activated. The plugin is bundled with PhpStorm and activated by default. If the plugin is not activated, enable it on the Plugins page of the Settings / Preferences Dialog as described in Enabling and Disabling Plugins.

Register...Choose this command to register PhpStorm.
Check for Updates...Choose this command to obtain information about the current version, and the availability of newer versions of PhpStorm. Refer to Updates page.

This command in available on Windows/Linux. On Mac OS it appears on the PhpStorm menu.

AboutChoose this command to obtain information about the current version of PhpStorm, current build, etc. Press Escape to close the pop-up window.

This command in available on Windows/Linux. On Mac OS it appears on the PhpStorm menu.

See Also

Last modified: 2 September 2016