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Run Tool Window

View | Tool Windows | Run

The Run tool window displays output generated by your application. If you are running multiple applications, each one is displayed in a tab named after the run/debug configuration applied.

The appearance of each tab depends on the type of the application being run and can include additional toolboxes and panes.

The main toolbar of the Run tool window lets you rerun, stop, pause, or terminate an application. The following table contains descriptions of the buttons that are common for most applications.

Run Toolbar


Tooltip and shortcut


the Rerun button


Click this button to stop the current application and run it again.
When an application is stopped (the Stop button), this button toggles to the Run button.

the Run button


Click this button to rerun the current application.
This button appears, when an application is stopped (the Stop button). When an application is running, this button toggles to the Rerun button.

the Pause button

Pause Output

Click this button to have the process output paused.

Note that the button is not available for Run/Debug Configuration: Node.js, Run/Debug Configuration: Attach to Node.js/Chrome, and Run/Debug Configuration: NodeUnit.

the Stop button


Click this button to terminate the current process externally by means of the standard shutdown script.

Clicking the button once invokes soft kill allowing the application to catch the SIGINT event and perform graceful termination (on Windows, the Ctrl+C event is emulated). After the button is clicked once, it is replaced with the Kill Process button indicating that subsequent click will lead to force termination of the application, e.g. on Unix SIGKILL is sent.

the Restore Layout bitton

Restore Layout

Click this button to to have the changes to the current layout abandoned and return to the default state.

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Pin Tab

Click this button to pin or unpin the current tab. You may need to pin a tab to prevent it from closing automatically when the maximum number of tabs is reached in this window.

icons actions close


Click this button to close the selected tab of the Run tool window and terminate the current process.

Context Menu Commands



Compare with Clipboard

Opens the Clipboard vs Editor dialog box that allows you to view the differences between the selection from the editor and the current clipboard content. This dialog is a regular comparing tool that enables you to copy the line at caret to the clipboard, find text, navigate between differences and manage white spaces.

Copy URL

Choose this command to copy the current URL to the system clipboard. This command only shows on a URL, if it is included in an application's output.

Create Gist

Choose this command to open the Create Gist dialog box.

Clear All

Clears the output window.

Console Toolbar


Tooltip and shortcut


icons actions previousOccurence svg icons actions nextOccurence svg

Up/down the Stack Trace
Ctrl+Alt+Up Ctrl+Alt+Down

Click this button to navigate up or down in the stack trace and have the cursor jump to the corresponding location in the source code.

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Use Soft Wraps

Click this button to toggle the soft wrap mode of the output.

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Scroll to the end

Click this button to navigate to the bottom of the stack trace and have the cursor jump to the corresponding location in the source code.

the Print button


Click this button to send the console text to the default printer.

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Clear All

Click this button to remove all text from the console. This function is also available on the context menu of the console.


Use Console Input

  • When this toggle-button is pressed, you can evaluate and alter variables, call PHP functions, and define additional functions on the fly in the Console pane.

  • When the toggle-button is released, any input in the Console pane will be treated like STDIN.

Karma Server tab

The tab is shown only when you run JavaScript unit tests using the Karma test runner. Use the tab to view and analyze information from the server.

For details, see Karma.

Last modified: 18 March 2019

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