PhpStorm 2021.2 Help

Directories used by the IDE

By default, PhpStorm stores user-specific files for each IDE instance (configuration, caches, plugins, logs, and so on) in the user's home directory. However, you can change the location for storing those files, if necessary.

Change the location of IDE directories

You can move the default IDE directories, for example, if the user profile drive runs out of space or it is located on a slow disk, if the home directory is encrypted (slowing down the IDE) or is located on a network drive, if you want to create a portable installation or exclude caches from home directory backups, and so on.

  1. From the main menu, select Help | Edit Custom Properties.

  2. Set the property that corresponds to the necessary directory:

    PropertyPath to
    idea.config.pathConfiguration directory
    idea.system.pathSystem directory
    idea.plugins.pathPlugins directory
    idea.log.pathLogs directory

    Specify paths with forward slashes /, including Windows paths (for example, C:/idea/system).

    You can insert any other properties as variables. For example, use ${user.home} (standard Java system property) to specify paths relative to the user's home directory:

    idea.config.path=${user.home}/MyIdeaConfiguration
  3. After you restart PhpStorm, it will use the new location of the corresponding directory.

Clean up old IDE directories

Every time you install a new major version of PhpStorm, it uses a new set of IDE directories and automatically deletes the caches and logs directories for older versions of the IDE that have not been updated in the last 180 days. The configuration and plugins directories will remain forever, unless you remove them manually.

  1. From the main menu, select Help | Delete Leftover IDE Directories

  2. In the Delete Leftover IDE Storage Directories dialog, select the versions of the IDE that you are not planning to use and click Delete.

Configuration directory

The PhpStorm configuration directory contains user-defined IDE settings, such as keymaps, color schemes, custom VM options, platform properties, and so on.

Syntax
%APPDATA%\JetBrains\<product><version>
Example
C:\Users\JohnS\AppData\Roaming\JetBrains\PhpStorm2021.2
Syntax
~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/<product><version>
Example
~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/PhpStorm2021.2
Syntax
~/.config/JetBrains/<product><version>
Example
~/.config/JetBrains/PhpStorm2021.2

You can change the location of the PhpStorm configuration directory using the idea.config.path property.

To share your personal IDE settings, copy the files from the configuration directory to the corresponding folders on another PhpStorm installation. Make sure that PhpStorm is not running to avoid erasing the copied files when you shut down the IDE. Depending on which settings you modified, the PhpStorm configuration directory can contain the following subfolders:

DirectoryUser settings
codestylesCustomized code style schemes
colorsCustomized editor color and font schemes
fileTemplatesUser-defined file templates
filetypesUser-defined file types
inspectionCode inspection profiles
keymapsCustomized keyboard shortcuts
optionsVarious options, for example, feature usage statistics and macros
scratchesScratch files and buffers
templatesUser-defined live templates
toolsConfiguration files for user-defined external tools
shelfShelved changes

System directory

The PhpStorm system directory contains caches and local history files.

Syntax
%LOCALAPPDATA%\JetBrains\<product><version>
Example
C:\Users\JohnS\AppData\Local\JetBrains\PhpStorm2021.2
Syntax
~/Library/Caches/JetBrains/<product><version>
Example
~/Library/Caches/JetBrains/PhpStorm2021.2
Syntax
~/.cache/JetBrains/<product><version>
Example
~/.cache/JetBrains/PhpStorm2021.2

You can change the location of the PhpStorm system directory using the idea.system.path property.

Plugins directory

The PhpStorm plugins directory contains user-installed plugins.

Syntax
%APPDATA%\JetBrains\<product><version>\plugins
Example
C:\Users\JohnS\AppData\Roaming\JetBrains\PhpStorm2021.2\plugins
Syntax
~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/<product><version>/plugins
Example
~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/PhpStorm2021.2/plugins
Syntax
~/.local/share/JetBrains/<product><version>
Example
~/.local/share/JetBrains/PhpStorm2021.2

You can change the location of the PhpStorm plugins directory using the idea.plugins.path property.

Logs directory

The PhpStorm logs directory contains product logs and thread dumps.

Syntax
%LOCALAPPDATA%\JetBrains\<product><version>\log
Example
C:\Users\JohnS\AppData\Local\JetBrains\PhpStorm2021.2\log
Syntax
~/Library/Logs/JetBrains/<product><version>
Example
~/Library/Logs/JetBrains/PhpStorm2021.2
Syntax
~/.cache/JetBrains/<product><version>/log
Example
~/.cache/JetBrains/PhpStorm2021.2/log

You can change the location of the PhpStorm logs directory using the idea.log.path property.

Last modified: 09 September 2021