PhpStorm 2023.3 Help

Configure the IDE

In PhpStorm, you can configure the settings on two levels: the project level and globally.

Types of settings

Global settings apply to all projects that you open with a specific installation or version of PhpStorm. Such settings include IDE appearance (themes, color schemes, menus and toolbars), notification settings, the set of the installed and enabled plugins, debugger settings, code completion, and so on.

Project settings apply to the current project only, unless you configure them as default settings for new projects. Such settings include VCS configuration, code style options, the list of language inspections, and so on.

To configure your IDE, select PhpStorm | Settings for macOS or File | Settings for Windows and Linux. Alternatively, press Control+Alt+S or click the Settings button on the toolbar.

Settings that are NOT marked with the For current project icon in the Settings dialog are global and apply to all existing projects of the current PhpStorm version.

Project settings marked in the Settings dialog

Restore IDE settings

When you restore the default IDE settings, PhpStorm backs up your configuration to another directory. You can always restore your settings from that backup.

Back up your settings and restore the defaults

  1. Go to File | Manage IDE Settings | Restore Default Settings.

    Alternatively, press Shift twice and type Restore default settings.

    A popup prompting to confirm that you want to restore the default settings
  2. Click Restore and Restart. The IDE will be restarted with the default configuration.

When PhpStorm restores the default IDE settings, it creates a backup directory with your configuration in:

Syntax

%APPDATA%\JetBrains\<product><version>-backup

Example

C:\Users\JohnS\AppData\Roaming\JetBrains\PhpStorm2023.3-backup

Syntax

~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/<product><version>-backup

Example

~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/PhpStorm2023.3-backup

Syntax

~/.config/JetBrains/<product><version>-backup

Example

~/.config/JetBrains/PhpStorm2023.3-backup

Apply the IDE settings from a backup

  1. Go to File | Manage IDE Settings | Import Settings.

  2. In the dialog that opens, specify the path to the backup directory and click Open.

    PhpStorm shows a confirmation popup. Note that after you apply the settings from the backup, these settings will be overwritten with your current IDE configuration.

    Apart from the backup configuration directory, you can select the configuration directory from another PhpStorm version or a .zip file with the previously exported settings.

  3. Click Restart to apply the settings from the backup and restart the IDE.

Last modified: 20 November 2023