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Excluded files and folders

Exclude single files

Sometimes you might need to exclude a single file from your project, so that it will be ignored by inspections, code completion, and so on. This is done using the Override File Type action.

  1. In the Project tool window, select the desired file.

  2. From the context menu of the selection, select Override File Type and then select Plain Text from the Choose File Type list.

The reverse action is also available: you can return a file to its original type by using the Mark as <file type> action.

When a file is marked as plain text, PhpStorm does not use it anymore for code completion and navigation. Such file is shown as plain text in the editor, and is marked with a special icon in the Project tool window.

Mark files and folders as Excluded

  1. In the Settings dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S) , select Directories.

  2. Select the directory and use its context menu or the Mark as toolbar to mark it as Excluded.

    Mark directory as excluded

Exclude files and folders by name patterns

  1. In the Settings dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S) , click Directories.

  2. In the Exclude files field, type the masks that define the names of files and folders to be excluded, for example, *.min.js or lib. Use semicolons as separators.

    • If the name of a file matches any of these patterns, the file is treated as excluded.

    • If the name of a folder matches a pattern, all the files in this folder and in its subfolders are excluded.

    Exclude by name pattern

Exclude libraries from indexing

You can exclude specific folders in the vendor directory from indexing. To do so, select the folder in the Settings | PHP | Include Path list and click Exclude on the tools panel.

By doing so, you exclude the selected folder or file from include paths, changing its root type from Library (the Content root icon) to Excluded ().

PHP exclude files from indexing

    Exclude a phar archive from a project

    In the context of a PHP project, you can also exclude entire PHP archives (phar files) to prevent multiple declaration conflicts between classes in a phar archive and the corresponding classes in the installed vendors directory.

    • In the Project tool window, select the required phar archive and choose Exclude phar from project from the context menu of the selection.

    Last modified: 20 February 2024