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Command line tools console tool window

The tool window is marked with the Command Line Tools Console icon. Use the tabs of this tool window to type and run commands in the command line and to validate .xml descriptors for structure consistence. For more information, refer to PHP command line tools.

The tool window consists of the following tabs and areas:

  • The Input pane for typing commands in the format <tool alias> <command>. The location of the Input pane (field or popup) depends on the Show console in setting on the PHP Command Line Tool Support page.

  • The Output tab shows the results of executing commands. The tab is named after the last invoked command.

  • The Tool definition file errors tab is hidden by default. The tab is accessible only if any structure discrepancies are detected in the .xml descriptor during validation. For more information, refer to How do I keep a tool descriptor consistent?.

Toolbar Options


Tooltip and Shortcut


the Stop button


Click this button to cancel execution of a command without closing the tool window.

the Preview Command button

To previous command


Click this button to navigate to the previous command.

the Preview Command button

To next command


Click this button to navigate to the next command.

the Soft-Wrap button

Use Soft Wraps

Click this toggle button to have the soft wrap mode applied to the output.

the Scroll to the end button

Scroll to the end

Click this button to navigate to the bottom of the output tab named after the last invoked command.



Click this button to have the contents of the console printed out. Upon clicking the button, PhpStorm opens the Print dialog, where you can configure the printing procedure and output.

Clear all

Clear All

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

the Export to Text file button

Export to Text Alt+O

Click this button to have the results of executing commands saved in a text file. In the Export Preview dialog, that opens, specify the target file, and click Save.

the Close button


Click this button to close the tool window. If one or more commands are still running, the Command Line Tool dialog opens. Specify whether you want to stop them or leave running in the background by clicking one of the following buttons:

  • Terminate and close

  • Close without terminating

Last modified: 11 February 2024