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Structural search and replace examples

Searching for method calls

The simplest template to search for method calls is $Instance$->$MethodCall$($Arguments$). The Find tool window shows the detected method calls. If you need to locate a method call with the specific number of arguments, you can configure the Count filter for the $Arguments$ variable.

To navigate to the method call in the source code, double-click it in the Find tool window. PhpStorm opens the corresponding file in the editor and positions the caret at the method call.

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Searching for PHP classes

If you have a PHP class MyClass:

class MyClass {}

Then the simplest template to search for it is class $a$.

Searching for implementations of interfaces

If you have a PHP interface MyInterface and a class Implementation that implements it:

class Implementation implements MyInterface{}

Then the simplest template to search for the implementation is class $Class$ implements $SomeInterface$ {}

Searching for descendant classes

If you have a PHP class Parent and a class Descendant that extends it:

class Descendant extends Parent{}

Then the simplest template to search for Descendant is class $Class$ extends $AnotherClass$ {}

Searching for statements

The simplest template to search for if statements is if($var$){$code$}

As a result, the detected occurrences will be shown in the Find tool window, double-click the one you are interested in to navigate to the source code. PhpStorm opens the corresponding file in the editor and positions the caret at the statement.

Structural search if statement

Searching in comments and string literals

The simplest template to find comments or literals containing foo is: $SomethingWeWantToFind$ or "$SomethingWeWantToFind$". To find comments/strings containing some particular words (say, foo as a word), this should be specified as a text constraint.

Searching for XML and HTML tags, attributes, and their values

The simplest template to search for a tag is <$tag$/>.

By placing constraints on the variable $tag$, you can specify tags that you want to find. For example, if you specify li, you will all li tags.

Consider the following template for searching in XML and HTML: <$tag$ $attribute$=$value$ />. For example, if you specify the text filter id for the $attribute$ variable and the \d+ regular expression as the text filter for the $value$ variable, you can find all tags that have numeric values in the id attribute.

Serching for li tags with numeric ids

Using the Script filter for XML and HTML content

Delete all lines that have the id attribute greater than 2

In the Search template field, we create a template that searches for all li tags with numeric values (\d+) in id attributes. We expand our search to the whole string with such values (Search target = Complete match).

We filter those lines with the following Groovy script: d.getText().replaceAll (/"/, '').toInteger() > 2. The script reads the content of the d variable and returns it as a string (for example, "1"). Then the script replaces all quotes and converts the string value to integer and compares it with 2.

In the Replace template field, we put nothing to delete the whole string. After the search, we select Replace All to perform the replacing.

Convert uppercase values of the class attribute in p tags to lowercase

In the Search template field, we create a template that searches for all p tags with uppercase values ([A-Z].* and Match case) in class attributes. We narrow our search only to these to class values (Search target = b).

In the Replace template field, we create a new variable $d$ and assign a Groovy script to it (b.getText().toLowerCase()). After the search, we select Replace All to perform the replacing.

Last modified: 23 August 2019

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