You can use IntelliJ IDEA as an IDE for Drupal development including modules, themes, and core. The supported versions are 6, 7, and 8.
IntelliJ IDEA provides integration between the Symfony2 and Drupal 8 while developing Drupal modules and core.
Before you start
Where do I get Drupal from?
How do I set up a Drupal project in IntelliJ IDEA?
Option 1: Create a IntelliJ IDEA project with a Drupal module
You can create a IntelliJ IDEA project by a Drupal Module template, this project will be set up and configured in accordance with the Drupal requirements.
Open the New Project dialog
Choose or click Create New Project on the Welcome screen.
Choose the project type and location
In the left-hand pane, click PHP from the list, then choose Drupal Module in the right-hand pane, and then click Next. On the second page of the wizard, specify the project name and the folder where it will be created.
Choose Drupal installation to use
Specify the root folder of the Drupal installation and choose the version of Drupal to use, the supported versions are 6, 7, and 8.
Configure Include paths
Select the checkbox to have Drupal include paths automatically configured for the project. After you leave the dialog box, the following paths will be added to the Include Paths list on the PHP page:
<drupal installation root>/includes,
<drupal installation root>/modules, and
<drupal installation root>/sites/all/modules
Option 2: Import an existing Drupal module
When you open an existing Drupal module, IntelliJ IDEA recognizes the Drupal-specific structure and suggests activating the Drupal support.
Open your project
Click Open on the Welcome screen or choose on the main menu, then choose the folder where your Drupal module is stored. IntelliJ IDEA detects a Drupal-specific structure and shows a notification:
Enable Drupal support
Click Enable in the notification. In the Drupal Module dialog box that opens, select the Enable Drupal integration checkbox and proceed as when creating a project with a Drupal module: specify the root folder of the Drupal installation, choose the version to use, and configure include paths.
Whether you enable the Drupal support in an existing IntelliJ IDEA project or create a new project with a Drupal module, IntelliJ IDEA checks if the development environment is configured properly for Drupal development.
Any detected inconsistency is reported in the Event Log tool window and as a pop-up. For each discrepancy IntelliJ IDEA suggests a fix. To apply a suggestion, click the link next to the reported event.
How do I associate Drupal-specific files with the PHP file type?
IntelliJ IDEA recognizes and treats files as php files and provides code highlighting based on file type associations.
Option 1: Use the Event log
In the Event Log tool window, click Fix next to the
Drupal support: <*.file extension> files are not associated with PHP file type message.
Option 2: Use the File Types page
Open the File Types page ( for Windows and Linux or for macOS) and define file masks in the Registered Patterns area. See Creating and Registering File Types for details.
How do I change the Drupal settings?
Option 1: Enable or disable Drupal integration
On the Frameworks page ( for Windows and Linux or for macOS), toggle the Enable Drupal integration checkbox to activate or deactivate Drupal in the current IntelliJ IDEA project.
To use another Drupal installation, type the path to the relevant installation folder. Change the version if necessary.
Option 2: Update the include paths
On the PHP page ( for Windows and Linux or for macOS), make the required changes in the Include Paths area.
How do I use Drupal hooks in IntelliJ IDEA?
IntelliJ IDEA provides full native support of Drupal hooks in
Step 1: Use code completion for hoo declarations
IntelliJ IDEA indexes any hook invocation whereupon hook names become available in code completion for creating hook implementations. To complete a declaration, start typing the hook name and press Ctrl+Space.
Step 2: Navigate to hook invocations
To navigate to a hook invocation from the editor, click the icon in the gutter.
In case of multiple invocations, IntelliJ IDEA displays a list of available hook invocations so you can choose which one to jump to. You will be navigated to the line where the relevant hook is invoked with
Step 3: View hook documentation
Position the cursor at the name of the hook in question and choose or press Ctrl+Q.
How do I set up the Drupal code style in a IntelliJ IDEA project?
IntelliJ IDEA automatically offers to apply the pre-configured Drupal Coding Standards (code style) if a project is recognized as a Drupal Module, or if the Drupal integration is enabled in an existing project, or when you create a new project with a Drupal Module. However, you can at any time change or customize this setting on the Code Style: PHP page of the Settings dialog box.
To use the pre-configured Drupal code style in a project
In the Event Log tool window, click Set next to the
Drupal-style formatting can be set for this project message.
How do I check my code against the Drupal coding standards?
With IntelliJ IDEA, you can use two tools that detect violations against the Drupal coding standard: Coder and PHP Code Sniffer. They ensure your code remains clean and consistent and help prevent some common semantic errors made by developers.
Option 1: Use PHP Code Sniffer
Install PHP Code Sniffer as a PEAR package or using Composer. For detailed installation instructions, see https://github.com/squizlabs/PHP_CodeSniffer.
Register PHP Code Sniffer in IntelliJ IDEA and configure it as a IntelliJ IDEA inspection as described in PHP Code Sniffer.
Option 2: Use Coder
Download the Drupal Coder module (7x-2.0 version is recommended).
Unpack the downloaded archive and find the
coder_sniffer/Drupalsubdirectory inside. This directory should contain the
ruleset.xmlfile and some other subdirectories.
Move the contents of
<php installation folder>/CodeSniffer/Standards/Drupal.
How do I view the Drupal API documentation from IntelliJ IDEA?
In the IntelliJ IDEA editor, select the symbol you are interested in and choose Search in Drupal API on the context menu. The Drupal API Documentation opens.
How do I use the Drush command line tool from IntelliJ IDEA?
Step 1: Download and install Drush
Download and install Drush as described at https://github.com/drush-ops/drush.
Step 2: Configure Drush as a command line tool
Open the Command Line Tool Support page
Choose for Windows and Linux or for macOS. The Command Line Tool Support page opens.
Specify the tool type and visibility
Click Add and choose Drush in the Choose Tool to Add dialog. Choose whether Drush will be available in the current project (Project visibility or across all IntelliJ IDEA projects (Global visibility). When you click OK, the Drush dialog opens.
- Specify the Drush executable
In the Drush dialog that opens, IntelliJ IDEA has automatically filled in the default executable location, which is usually
C:/ProgramData/Drush/drush.baton Windows and
/usr/bin/drushon macOS or Linux. If you followed the standard installation procedure, the predefined path will be correct, just click OK.
In case of custom installation, type the path to the Drush executable file and click OK.
In either case, IntelliJ IDEA loads command definitions automatically and returns to the Command Line Tool Support page.
Specify the alias for Drush
In the Alias text box, specify the alias to use in calls of tool commands. Accept the default alias or edit it, if necessary.
Select the Enable checkbox to activate the detected command set.
Step 3: Run Drush commands
Open the Input pane (Tools | Run Command) and type <alias> (drush by default) and press Ctrl+Space to invoke completion. The command execution result is displayed in the Output tab with the name of the command. Learn more from How do I run a command?.
How do I use Drupal 8 with Symfony2?
IntelliJ IDEA provides close integration between Drupal, version 8, and Symfony2. Through this integration, Symfony2 components are connected with Drupal infrastructure. To take advantage of this integration:
Step 1: Install the Drupal Symfony2 Bridge plugin
Open the Plugins page ( for Windows and Linux or for macOS), click Browse Repositories, select the plugins and click Install. For details, see Managing Plugins.
What coding assistance for Drupal 8 - Symfony2 integration do I get?
Completion for major Drupal-specific parameters in
<module_name>.info.ymlfiles that contain information about Drupal modules.
Strings suitable for use inside Drupal-specific t() function are indexed across your project and offered for completion.
Completion for relevant
.ymlkey values in url() and other Drupal API functions, which makes search for the right value easier.
Navigation to the
.ymlfile by pressing Ctrl+B or choosing Navigate | Go To Declaration.
Full support for service containers described in
.ymlfiles, including completion and navigation with Ctrl+B.