PhpStorm 2019.3 Help

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:

Complete Installation dialog

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.

Select the UI theme

Create Launcher Script

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 the Tools | Create Command-line Launcher command 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.

Install additional plugins

Start a project in PhpStorm

On the Welcome screen, you can do the following:

Welcome screen
Last modified: 6 April 2020