IntelliJ IDEA 2022.1 Help

Create and import Joomla! projects

To have an IntelliJ IDEA project set up and configured in accordance with the Joomla! requirements, you can either create a project by a dedicated Joomla! template or import and existing Joomla! project.

Creating an IntelliJ IDEA project from a Joomla! Integration template

  1. Click Create New Project on the Welcome screen or select File | New | Project from the main menu. The New Project dialog opens.

  2. In the left-hand pane, click PHP from the list, then choose Joomla! Integration in the right-hand pane, and then click Next.

  3. On the second page of the wizard, specify the project name, and the folder where it will be created.

    1. Specify the root folder of the Joomla! installation in the Joomla! installation path. Type the path manually or click the Browse button and select the relevant folder in the dialog that opens.

    2. Select the desired Joomla! project type (component, module, or plugin).

Importing a Joomla! project

Besides creating a project anew according to the Joomla! template, you can open an existing Joomla! project in IntelliJ IDEA. IntelliJ IDEA recognizes the Joomla!-specific structure and suggests activating the Joomla! support in project.

  1. Open the folder with the Joomla! project

    Choose File | Open Directory from the main menu, then select the required folder in the dialog that opens.

  2. Enable Joomla! support in the project

    As soon as IntelliJ IDEA detects the Joomla!-specific structure in the project, the following Joomla! Support message is displayed in a popup:

    Joomla Structure Detected

    Click Enable.

  3. Configure PSR roots

    As soon as IntelliJ IDEA detects PSR roots, it displays a message. Choose Automatic configuration.

  4. Install DocBlock templates

    Click Install in the popup message that IntelliJ IDEA displays.

Last modified: 20 October 2021