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File Template Variables

A file template can contain variables, which are replaced by their values when the template is applied. A variable is a string that starts with a dollar sign ($) followed by the variable name. The variable name may optionally be enclosed in curly braces. For example: $MyVariable and ${MyVariable} are different notations of the same variable.

Predefined template variables

The following predefined variables can be used in file templates:

Variable

Description

${DATE}

Current system date

${DAY}

Current day of the month

${DS}

Dollar sign ($). This variable is used to escape the dollar character, so that it is not treated as a prefix of a template variable.

${END}

Caret position after you finish editing the variables

${FILE_NAME}

Name of the new PHP file

${HOUR}

Current hour

${MINUTE}

Current minute

${MONTH}

Current month

${MONTH_NAME_FULL}

Full name of the current month (January, February, etc.)

${MONTH_NAME_SHORT}

First three letters of the current month name (Jan, Feb, etc.)

${NAME}

Name of the new entity (file, class, interface, and so on)

${NAMESPACE}

Fully qualified name (without a leading slash) of the class or field namespace

${PRODUCT_NAME}

Name of the IDE (for example, PhpStorm)

${PROJECT_NAME}

Name of the current project

${TIME}

Current system time

${USER}

Login name of the current user

${YEAR}

Current year

PhpStorm provides a set of additional variables for PHP include templates, which are used to define reusable pieces of code, such as, file headers and PHPDoc comments).

The following additional predefined variables can be used in PHP include templates:

Variable

Description

${CARET}

Caret position after you finish editing the variables. Applied only when a PHPDoc comment is generated and inserted during file creation. When a PHPDoc comment is created through Code | Generate | PHPDoc block, multiple selection of functions or methods is available. Documentation comments in this case can be created for several classes, functions, methods, or fields, so the ${CARET} variable is ignored.

${CLASS_NAME}

Name of the class where the field or method to generate the PHPDoc comment for is defined

${NAME}

Name of the class, field, or function (method) for which the PHPDoc comment will be generated

${NAMESPACE}

Fully qualified name (without a leading slash) of the class or field namespace

${PARAM_DOC}

Documentation comment for parameters. Evaluates to a set of @param type name lines. If the function to generate comments for does not contain any parameters, evaluates to an empty string.

${STATIC}

Is replaced by the static keyword if the function (method) or field to generate the PHPDoc comment for is static. Otherwise evaluates to an empty string.

${THROWS_DOC}

Documentation comment for exceptions. Evaluates to a set of @throws type lines. If the function to generate comments for does not throw any exceptions, evaluates to an empty string.

${TYPE_HINT}

Return value of the function (method) to generate the PHPDoc comment for. If the return type cannot be detected through static analysis of the function (method), evaluates to void.

Custom template variables

Besides predefined template variables, it is possible to specify custom variables. If necessary, you can define the values of custom variables right in the template using the #set directive.

For example, if you want to use your full name instead of your login name defined through the predefined variable ${USER}, use the following construct:

#set( $MyName = "John Smith" )

If the value of a variable is not defined in the template, PhpStorm will ask you to specify it when the template is applied.

Last modified: 10 October 2018