PhpStorm 2017.3 Help


Node.js is a lightweight runtime environment for executing JavaScript on the server side. PhpStorm integrates with Node.js providing assistance in configuring, editing, running, debugging, testing, profiling, and maintaining your applications.

Before you start

Download and install the Node.js runtime environment.

Quick start with a Node.js application

Here we will use a simple Express application as an example.

To create an application

  1. Choose File | New Project on the main menu or click Create New Project on the Welcome screen. The Create New Project Dialog opens.
  2. In the left-hand pane, choose Node.js Express App.
  3. In the right-hand pane, specify the project folder, the Node.js interpreter, and the version of express-generator to use. In the Options area, choose the template language and the Style Sheet language to use.
  4. When you click Create, PhpStorm generates a Node.js Express-specific project with all the required configuration files.

Configuring Node.js in a project

  1. In the Settings/Preferences dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), choose Node.js and NPM under Languages and Frameworks. The Node.js and NPM page opens.
  2. In the Node Interpreter field, choose the interpreter from the drop-down list or from the dialog that opens when you click browseButton.
  3. In the Coding Assistance area, click Enable to configure the Node.js Core module sources as a JavaScript library and associate it with your project. As a result, PhpStorm provides code completion, reference resolution, validation, and debugging capabilities for fs, path, http, and other core modules that are compiled into the Node.js binary.

    When the configuration is completed, PhpStorm displays information about the currently configured version, the notification Node.js Core Library is enabled, and adds the Disable and the Usage scope buttons.

Configure the scope in which the Node.js Core sources are treated as libraries:

  1. Click Usage scope. The Usage Scope dialog opens.
  2. Click the relevant directories, and for each of them select the newly configured Node.js Core library from the list.

Last modified: 29 March 2018

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