PhpStorm 8.0.2 Web Help

Project

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Basics

Whatever you do in PhpStorm, you do that in the context of a project. A project is an organizational unit that represents a complete software solution.

PhpStorm does not support direct editing of files on remote hosts. Therefore to work with remote sources in PhpStorm, you need to download them and arrange them in a PhpStorm project. To keep your local and remote sources synchronized, configure automatic upload using the Upload changed files automatically to the default server drop-down list in the Options dialog box.

Project files

A project in PhpStorm is represented in the Directory Based Format. A project directory is marked with icon_php_storm.png icon.

Such project directory contains a .idea directory, with the following files:

  • *.iml file that describes the project structure.
  • workspace.xml that contains your workspace preferences.
  • A number of .xml files. Each .xml file is responsible for its own set of settings, that can be recognized by its name: projectCodeStyle.xml, encodings.xml, vcs.xml etc.

    Thus, for example, adding a new run/debug configuration and changing encoding will affect different .xml files. This helps avoid merge conflicts when the project settings are stored in a version control system and modified by the different team members.

All the settings files in the .idea directory should be put under version control except the workspace.xml, which stores your local preferences. The workspace.xml file should be marked as ignored by VCS.

.idea directory is not visible in the Project view.

Project types

The directory structure of each project contains the .idea directory for the PhpStorm-specific settings and the project file, and libraries.

PhpStorm suggests the following types of projects:

Complete project creation as described in the section Generating a Project from a Framework Template.

See Also

Last modified: 10 December 2014