Create and import Joomla! projects
To have a PhpStorm project set up and configured in accordance with the Joomla! requirements, you can either create a project by a dedicated Joomla! template or import and existing Joomla! project.
Creating a PhpStorm project from a Joomla! Integration template
Click Create New Project on the Welcome screen or select from the main menu. The Create New Project Dialog opens.
In the left-hand pane, select Joomla! Integration.
In the Location field on the right-hand pane, specify the folder where the project will be created.
Specify the root folder of the Joomla! installation in the Joomla! installation path. Type the path manually or click and select the relevant folder in the dialog that opens.
Select the desired Joomla! project type (component, module, or plugin).
Importing a Joomla! project
Besides creating a project anew according to the Joomla! template, you can open an existing Joomla! project in PhpStorm. PhpStorm recognizes the Joomla!-specific structure and suggests activating the Joomla! support in project.
Open the folder with the Joomla! project
Choosefrom the main menu, then select the required folder in the dialog that opens.
Enable Joomla! support in the project
As soon as PhpStorm detects the Joomla!-specific structure in the project, the following Joomla! Support message is displayed in a popup:
Configure PSR roots
As soon as PhpStorm detects PSR roots, it displays a message. Choose Automatic configuration.
Install DocBlock templates
Click Install in the popup message that PhpStorm displays.