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PhpStorm integrates with the webpack module bundler. This support improves coding assistance in JavaScript files by taking into account webpack module resolution and resolve aliases. For webpack version 2 and higher, PhpStorm provides code completion and quick documentation look-up for options in webpack configuration files.

Before you start

Download, install, and configure Node.js.

Configuring webpack in PhpStorm

  1. Make sure webpack is added to package.json
    Webpack should be listed in the dependencies or devDependencies object of package.json.
    If webpack is missing, install it
    Open the built-in PhpStorm Terminal (press Alt+F12 or choose View | Tool Windows | Terminal on the main menu) and type npm install --save-dev webpack at the command prompt.
    For details, see Getting Started on the webpack Official website.
  2. Create a webpack configuration file
    Create a configuration file in the project root or elsewhere (New | JavaScript file). Learn more on the webpack Official website.
  3. Specify the webpack configuration file to use
    By default, PhpStorm analyses the webpack configuration file in the root of the project. To use another webpack configuration file, specify the path to it on the Webpack page (File | Settings | Languages and Frameworks | JavaScript | Webpack for Windows and Linux or PhpStorm | Preferences | Languages and Frameworks | JavaScript | Webpack for macOS).

Editing a webpack configuration file

For webpack version 2 and higher, PhpStorm provides code completion and documentation look-up in the configuration object of webpack.config.js. Code completion is provided on the fly. To view documentation for a symbol, press Ctrl+Q.


Resolving modules

When you open a project or edit your webpack.config.js, PhpStorm analyses the configuration in the background and, based on the received information, properly understands the project resolve roots and resolve aliases. Thanks to this understanding of the project configuration, PhpStorm provides more precise code completion for imports and exported symbols in JavaScript files. As a result, everything works fine without any steps from your side.

The image below illustrates module resolution in a project where react-color is an alias for the path './src/index.js'. PhpStorm properly resolves the import from react-color, provides navigation to it and completion for the exported symbols:


Debugging applications that use webpack

You can debug applications that use webpack same way as you debug any JavaScript client-side application, see Debugging React apps created with Create React App and Debugging Angular apps created with Angular CLI.

Last modified: 28 November 2017

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