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Whatever you do in PhpStorm, you do that in the context of a project. A project is an organizational unit that represents a complete software solution. It serves as a basis for coding assistance, bulk refactoring, coding style consistency, etc.

PhpStorm does not support direct editing of files on remote hosts. Therefore to work with remote sources in PhpStorm, you need to download them and arrange them in a PhpStorm project. To keep your local and remote sources synchronized, configure automatic upload using the Upload changed files automatically to the default server drop-down list in the Options dialog box.

Project files

A project in PhpStorm is represented in the Directory Based Format. A project directory is marked with project icon icon.

Such project directory contains the .idea directory, with the following files:

  • *.iml file that describes the project structure.

  • workspace.xml file that contains your workspace preferences.

  • A number of .xml files. Each .xml file is responsible for its own set of settings, that can be recognized by its name: projectCodeStyle.xml, encodings.xml, vcs.xml etc.

    Thus, for example, adding a new run/debug configuration and changing encoding will affect two different .xml files. This helps avoid merge conflicts when the project settings are stored in a version control system and modified by the different team members.

All the settings files in the .idea directory should be put under version control except workspace.xml, which stores your local preferences. The workspace.xml file should be marked as ignored by VCS.

.idea directory is not visible in the Project view of the Project Tool Window.

Project types

The directory structure of each project contains the .idea directory for the PhpStorm-specific settings and the project file, and libraries.

PhpStorm suggests the following types of projects:

  • Empty project is intended for pure web programming. The directory structure of such project contains the .idea directory for the PhpStorm-specific settings and the project file, and libraries.

    Create a plain web project as described in the Creating New Project from Scratch section.

  • Google App Engine for PHP project. This project type provides specific infrastructure of the Google App Engine for PHP application, and all the necessary files and settings.

    Create project as described in the Preparing to Develop a Google App for PHP Application section.

  • Template-based projects are intended for developing web applications using third-party frameworks. PhpStorm creates specific infrastructure, with the files and directories structured in accordance with the requirements of the selected framework.

Complete project creation as described in the Generating a Project from a Framework Template .

Last modified: 18 March 2019

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