PhpStorm 2018.3 Help

Web Browsers

File | Settings | Tools | Web Browsers for Windows and Linux
PhpStorm | Preferences | Tools | Web Browsers for macOS
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On this page

  • Integrate installations of Web browsers with PhpStorm, activate or deactivate launching Web browsers from PhpStorm.

  • Specify whether a browser will be launched by running its executable file or through the default system command.

  • Appoint the default PhpStorm browser in which PhpStorm will open HTML files upon request by default, that is, when no browser is specified explicitly


In this section, specify which browsers will be available for previewing HTML output. The section shows the browsers from the predefined list and the previously configured custom browser installations, if any.

PhpStorm is shipped with a predefined list of most popular browsers that you may like to install and launch automatically from the IDE during running, debugging, or to preview the output of an HTML file. PhpStorm presumes that you install browsers according to a standard procedure and assigns each installation an alias which stands for the default path to the browser's executable file or macOS application. If in your actual browser installation the path to the executable file is different, you need to specify it explicitly in the Path field.

In addition to the predefined browsers, you can configure as many custom browser installations as you need using the controls on the toolbar.




Select this checkbox to enable the use the respective browser from PhpStorm. The browser will be added to the context menu of the Open in Browse menu item and its icon will be displayed in the Browsers pop-up toolbar.

If this checkbox is cleared, the corresponding browser icon will not appear in the icons toolbar or pop-up menu.


In this column, specify the browser name.


In this column, specify the family to which the browser belongs.


In this column, specify the path to the executable. If the browser was installed according to a standard installation procedure, most likely the alias in the Path field points at the right location. If it does not, click browseButton.png and select the actual path in the dialog that opens. In the dialog that opens, choose the path to the executable file of the corresponding browser.




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Click this button to add a custom browser to the list.

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Click this button to delete the selected customer browser from the list. Note that you cannot delete the browsers from the predefined list.

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Click this button to specify a custom profile for Firefox or a browser of the Chrome family. The button is available only when Firefox and Chrome are selected.

In the Firefox Settings dialog box, specify the Firefox browser profile to use for previewing output:

  • Path to "profiles.ini": in this text box, specify the location of the profiles.ini file, which determines the Firefox profile to be used.

  • Profile: from this drop-down list, select the desired predefined profile to use. Learn more at Firefox browser profile.

In the Chrome Settings dialog box:

  • Command line options: In this text box, enter the command line options to launch an instance of Chrome. If you need more space, click icons general expandComponent svg, or press Shift+Enter to open the editor box. Learn more about Chrome command line options by opening chrome://flags in Chrome.

  • Use custom user data directory: Select this checkbox to define a user-specific Chrome profile settings to use and specify the location of the user data directory in the PhpStorm settings.

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Use these buttons to move the selected browser up or down in the list. The order of browsers is important for rendering external resources and previewing files with Web contents.

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Click this button to create a copy of the selected browser.

Default Browser

In this section, specify the default PhpStorm browser that will be used by default for rendering external resources and previewing files with Web contents. This browser will be referred to as Default in the context menu when you choose View | Open in Browser on the main menu or Open in Browser on the context menu of a file.



Default browser

Select the default browser from the drop-down list. The possible options are:
  • System default: Select this option to accept your operating system default Web browser as default for PhpStorm.

  • First listed: Select this option to have PhpStorm launch the first browser in the list. Change the order or browsers using the icons actions previousOccurence svg and icons actions nextOccurence svg icons on the toolbar.

  • Custom path: Select this option to specify another Web browser as default for PhpStorm. Type the path to the executable file of the browser or click browseButton and select the path in the dialog box that opens.

Show browser popup in the editor

  • If this checkbox is selected, the popup window with the enabled browsers appears in the HTML files.

  • If this checkbox is not selected, this popup window does not show up, thus helping you read or edit code.

Last modified: 18 March 2019

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