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Run/Debug Configuration: PHP Built-in Web Server

Use this dialog box to configure running PHP applications on a local PHP built-in web server. Note that this configuration is not intended for starting a debugging session. To debug an application running on the built-in server, start the application through this configuration and then connect to the running application as described in Zero-Configuration Debugging.

The dialog box consists of the following areas:

Server Configuration area

In this area, configure the access to the built-in Web server.

ItemDescription
Host In this text box, type the name of the host the PHP built-in web server runs on. By default, host is set to localhost, because the built-in server is located on your machine.
Port Use this spin box to specify the port on which the PHP built-in web server runs. By default this port is set to port 80. You can set the port number to any other value starting with 1024 and higher.
Document root In this text box, type the full path to the folder that will be considered server document root. This can be either the project root or any other folder under it. All the folders under the document root will be recursively submitted to the PHP interpreter.

The server document root folder will be accessed through HTTP at the above specified host:port. URL addresses for other pages of your applications will be composed based on this mapping.

Type the path manually or click Browse browseButton.png and choose the relevant folder in the dialog box that opens.

Use router script Select this checkbox to have a PHP router script executed at every HTTP request start-up. The script is run for each HTTP request. If this script returns FALSE, the requested resource is returned as-is. Otherwise the script output is returned to the browser.

In the text box, specify the location of the script to run. Type the path manually or click Browse browseButton.png and choose the file in the dialog box that opens.

Command Line area

In this area, customize the behavior of the current PHP interpreter by specifying the options and arguments to be passed to the PHP executable file.

ItemDescription
Interpreter options In this text box, specify the options to be passed to the PHP executable file. They override the default behavior of the PHP interpreter and/or ensure that additional activities are performed.

If necessary, click icons general expandComponent svg and type the desired options in the Command Line Options dialog box. Type each option on a new line. When you close the dialog box, they are all displayed in the Command line options text box with spaces as separators.

Custom working directory In this text box, specify the location of the files that are outside the folder with your sources and are referenced through relative paths. Type the path manually or click Browse browseButton and select the desired folder in the dialog that opens.
Environment variables In this field, specify the environment variables be passed to the built-in server. See Environment Variables in Apache for details.

Common options

When you edit a run configuration (but not a run configuration template), you can specify the following options for it:

ItemDescription
Name In this text box, specify the name for the run/debug configuration. The name will help you identify the created configuration when you choose to edit it later, or when you invoke it, for example. from the Run popup (Shift+Alt+F10).
Share Select this check box to make the run/debug configuration available to other team members.

If the directory-based project format is used, the settings for a run/debug configuration are stored in a separate .xml file in the .idea\runConfigurations folder if the run/debug configuration is shared, or in the .idea\workspace.xml file otherwise.

If the file-based format is used, the settings are stored in the .ipr file for shared configurations, or in the .iws file otherwise.

Toolbar

The tree view of run/debug configurations has a toolbar that helps you manage configurations available in your project as well as adjust default configurations templates.

ItemShortcutDescription
icons general add svgAlt+InsertCreate a run/debug configuration.
icons general remove svgAlt+Delete Delete the selected run/debug configuration. Note that you cannot delete default configurations.
icons actions copy svg Ctrl+D Create a copy of the selected run/debug configuration. Note that you create copies of default configurations.
icons general settings svg Edit Templates View and edit the default template for the selected run/debug configuration. The templates are used for newly created configurations.
icons actions moveUp svg/icons actions moveDown svgAlt+Up/Alt+Down

Move the selected run/debug configuration up and down in the list.

The order of configurations in the list defines the order, in which the configurations appear when you choose a run/debug configuration.

Default templates of run/debug configurations are always sorted alphabetically.

icons actions newFolder svg Move into new folder / Create new folder

You can group run/debug configurations by placing them into folders.

To create a folder, select the configurations within a category, click folder, and specify folder name. If only a category is in focus, an empty folder is created.

Then, to move a configuration into a folder, between the folders or out of a folder, use drag-and-drop or icons actions moveUp svg and icons actions moveDown svg buttons.

To remove grouping, select a folder and click icons general remove svg.

icons objectBrowser sorted svg Sort configurations Click this button to sort configurations in the alphabetical order.

Templates

Under the Templates node in the tree view of run configurations, you can select a run configuration template and edit its default settings. This will not affect the configurations that are already created, but will be used as defaults when creating new configurations of the corresponding type.

When you select the Templates node itself, you will be able to adjust general settings that apply to all run/debug configurations:

ItemDescription
Configurations available in Run Dashboard

In this section you can create a list of run configurations available in the Run Dashboard — a tool window that helps you execute and manage multiple run/debug configurations.

Note that the dashboard will only display the configuration types for which you have created one ore more configurations.
Thus, if you add a configuration type for which no configurations exist in the project, this type will not be displayed on the dashboard until you create a configuration of this type.

Confirm rerun with process terminationThe behavior of this checkbox depends on whether the Single instance only option is selected for a particular run/debug configuration.
  • If this checkbox is selected, in case of a single instance, launching a new process (for example, by clicking icons toolwindows toolWindowRun on the main toolbar) while another process is still running, results in showing a dialog box prompting to terminate the current process before launching a new one.
  • If this checkbox is not selected (or in case of multiple instances), IntelliJ IDEA starts the new process silently.
Temporary configurations limit Specify the maximum number of temporary configurations to be stored and shown in the Select Run/Debug Configuration drop-down list.

Before Launch options

In this area you can specify tasks that must be be performed before starting the selected run/debug configuration. The tasks are performed in the order they appear in the list.

ItemShortcutDescription
icons general add svgAlt+Insert Click this icon to add one of the following available tasks:
  • Run External tool: select to run an external application. In the dialog that opens, select one or multiple applications you want to run. If it is not defined in IntelliJ IDEA yet, add its definition. For more information, see Configuring Third-Party Tools and External Tools.
  • Run Another Configuration: select to execute another run/debug configuration. In the dialog that opens, select the configuration to be run.
  • Build Artifacts: select this option to build an artifact or artifacts. In the dialog that opens, select the artifact or artifacts that should be built.
  • Run Ant target: select this option to run an Ant target. In the dialog that opens, select the target to be run.
  • Run Grunt task: select this option to run a Grunt task. In the Grunt task dialog box that opens, specify the Gruntfile.js where the required task is defined, select the task to execute, and specify the arguments to pass to the Grunt tool.

    Specify the location of the Node.js interpreter, the parameters to pass to it, and the path to the grunt-cli package.

  • Run Gulp task: select this option to run a Gulp task. In the Gulp task dialog box that opens, specify the Gulpfile.js where the required task is defined, select the task to execute, and specify the arguments to pass to the Gulp tool.

    Specify the location of the Node.js interpreter, the parameters to pass to it, and the path to the gulp package.

  • Run Maven Goal: select this option to run a Maven goal. In the dialog that opens, select the goal to be run.
  • Run npm Script: select this option to execute an npm script. In the NPM Script dialog box that opens, specify the npm run/debug configuration settings.
  • Compile TypeScript: select to run the built-in TypeScript compiler and thus make sure that all the changes you made to your TypeScript code are reflected in the generated JavaScript files. In the TypeScript Compile Settings dialog that opens, select or clear the Check errors checkbox to configure the behaviour of the compiler in case any errors are detected:
    • If the Check errors checkbox is selected, the compiler will show all the errors and the run configuration will not start.
    • If the Check errors checkbox is cleared, the compiler will show all the detected errors but the run configuration still will be launched.
  • Generate CoffeeScript Source Maps: select this option to generate the source maps for your CoffeeScript sources. In the dialog that opens, specify where your CoffeeScript source files are located.
  • Upload files to Remote Host: select this option to have the application files automatically uploaded to the server according to the default server access configuration.
  • Run Remote External tool: adds a remote SSH external tool.
  • Run Rake task: add a Rake task to be executed prior to running or debugging. To choose a Rake task, click the browse button browseButton, and select the desired task from the list of available tasks.

    Note that code completion is available here.

    runConfigRakeTask
  • Run JRuby compiler: choose this option to execute JRuby compiler with the specified target path, compiler process heap size, and command line parameters (if any).
icons general remove svgAlt+Delete Click this icon to remove the selected task from the list.
icons actions edit svg Enter Click this icon to edit the selected task. Make the necessary changes in the dialog that opens.
icons actions moveUp svg/icons actions moveDown svgAlt+Up/Alt+DownClick these icons to move the selected task one line up or down in the list. (The tasks are performed in the order that they appear in the list.)
Show this pageSelect this checkbox to show the run/debug configuration settings prior to actually starting the run/debug configuration.
Activate tool window

If this checkbox is selected, which it is by default, the Run or the Debug tool window opens when you start the run/debug configuration.

Otherwise, the tool window isn't shown. However, when the configuration is running, you can open the corresponding tool window for it yourself by pressing Alt+4 or Alt+5.

Last modified: 4 September 2018

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