Run PhpStorm for the first time
When you run PhpStorm for the first time, or after you have upgraded it from a previous version, some steps are required to complete the installation, customize your instance and start working with the IDE.
How to run
Run PhpStorm using the executable in the installation directory under bin or find it in the Start menu. You can also use the desktop shortcut, if it was created during installation.
Run the app in the Applications directory, from Launchpad or Spotlight.
Run PhpStorm using the shell script in the installation directory under bin. You can also use the desktop shortcut, if it was created during installation.
For information about running PhpStorm from the command line, see Command-line interface.
Import PhpStorm settings
In the Complete Installation dialog, select whether you want to import the IDE settings:
If this is your first instance of PhpStorm, choose the Do not import settings option.
Select the user interface theme
Select whether you want to use the default Darcula or Light theme.
Create Launcher Script
For the Linux and macOS users, PhpStorm suggests the ability to use command line to open projects and separate files by specifying the directory or filename:
Select the Create a script for opening files and projects from the command line checkbox, and specify the name of the command-line launcher script to be created.
If necessary, you can create a command-line launcher later by using thecommand on the PhpStorm main menu.
Windows users can complete the dialog, since there is no need to specify a command line tool. Later, for opening a file or project from command line, it will be enough to launch the .exe file with the project or filename as a command line argument.
Download and install additional plugins
If necessary, download and install additional plugins that are not bundled with the IDE from the PhpStorm plugins repository.
Start a project in PhpStorm
On the Welcome screen, you can do the following: