Run/Debug Configuration: Attach to Node.js/Chrome
In this dialog, create configurations for debugging already running Node.js applications. This approach gives you the possibility to re-start a debugging session without re-starting the Node.js server.
Before you start
Download and install Node.js.
Specific Attach to Node.js/Chrome configuration settings
In this field, specify the host where the application is running.
In this field, specify the port passed to
In this area, choose the debugging protocol to use:
Select this checkbox to enable the PhpStorm built-in debugger to re-attach to a running Node.js process after the code of the application is changed. This lets you debug Node.js applications that use the nodemon utility, which automatically reloads your Node.js process when the code is updated. See Debugging an application that uses nodemon for details.
Remote URLs of local files
In this area, specify the remote paths for the project folders. This is helpful if the root folder of the running application is different from the name of you PhpStorm project root folder.
When you edit a run configuration (but not a run configuration template), you can specify the following options:
The tree view of run/debug configurations has a toolbar that helps you manage configurations available in your project as well as adjust default configurations templates.
Create a run/debug configuration.
Delete the selected run/debug configuration. Note that you cannot delete default configurations.
Create a copy of the selected run/debug configuration. Note that you create copies of default configurations.
The button is displayed only when you select a temporary configuration. Click this button to save a temporary configuration as permanent.
View and edit the template (that is, the default run/debug configuration settings). The templates are displayed under the Templates node and used for newly created configurations.
Move the selected run/debug configuration up and down in the list.
The order of configurations in the list defines the order, in which the configurations appear when you choose a run/debug configuration.
Default templates of run/debug configurations are always sorted alphabetically.
Move into new folder / Create new folder. You can group run/debug configurations by placing them into folders.
To create a folder, select the configurations within a category, click , and specify the folder name. If only a category is in focus, an empty folder is created.
Then, to move a configuration into a folder, between the folders or out of a folder, use drag or and buttons.
To remove grouping, select a folder and click .
Click this button to sort configurations in the alphabetical order.
In this area you can specify tasks that must be performed before starting the selected run/debug configuration. The tasks are performed in the order they appear in the list.
Click this icon to add one of the following available tasks:
Click this icon to remove the selected task from the list.
Click this icon to edit the selected task. Make the necessary changes in the dialog that opens.
Click these icons to move the selected task one line up or down in the list. (The tasks are performed in the order that they appear in the list.)
Show this page
Select this checkbox to show the run/debug configuration settings prior to actually starting the run/debug configuration.
Activate tool window
Otherwise, if the checkbox is cleared, the tool window isn't shown. However, when the configuration is running, you can open the corresponding tool window for it yourself by pressing Alt+4 or Alt+5.