PhpStorm 2018.2 Help


PhpStorm provides coding assistance and navigation facilities for developing applications with the Symfony framework.

Symfony support is provided by means of the Symfony Plugin. The source code for the plugin, as well as its issue tracker, can be found on GitHub.

Before you start

Before you start working with Symfony, make sure that the Symfony and PHP Annotations plugins are installed and enabled.

Enabling the Symfony Plugin for a project

Having installed the Symfony plugin, you need to explicitly enable it for the project. After creating or opening a Symfony project, PhpStorm will display a notification message suggesting you enable the plugin.

To enable the Symfony Plugin for a project

  1. Do any of the following:

    • Click the Enable the Symfony plugin with autoconfiguration link in the notification message.

      ps symfony plugin notification
    • In the Settings/Preferences dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), navigate to Languages & Frameworks | PHP | Symfony and select the Enable Plugin for this Project checkbox.
  2. Restart PhpStorm for the changes to take effect.

Specifying additional settings

Depending on how the Symfony project is structured, you may have to change some additional settings under Languages & Frameworks | PHP | Symfony. When working with a Symfony application that follows the structure generated by, for example, the symfony/framework-standard-edition Composer project, the default paths and settings will work fine.

Note that the appDevDebugProjectContainer.xml and appDevUrlGenerator.php must be located under the Symfony's default path in order to work with all features the Symfony Plugin provides. It will use a fallback mechanism when these files cannot be found, but completion and navigation will be less precise in this case.

When using a non-default project structure, the following paths should be updated in the Symfony Plugin settings:

  • Translation Root Path: the path to the location where all translations are copied. This should be set to the translations path under the cache folder, so that all possible translations are discovered by the plugin.
  • App Directory: the path to the app directory.
  • Web Directory: the path to the web directory.
ps symfony general settings

Symfony profiler

When the Symfony Plugin is enabled for a project, an additional region will be added to the PhpStorm status bar. Clicking Symfony in the status bar will open the pop-up menu with the related targets for the latest requests being made to our Symfony application.

ps symfony profiler toolbar

To navigate to a related target

  • Click the corresponding item in the profiler pop-up menu:
    • Debug URL: the Symfony profiler URL for the given request, for example, /app_dev.php/_profiler/355651.
    • Routes: the route registration in the application
    • Controller: the controller that was involved in creating a response.
    • Template: any of the templates related to a response.

Symfony Code Style

PhpStorm provides the built-in Symfony2 code style tailored for Symfony development.

To set the Symfony2 code style

  1. In the Settings/Preferences dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), navigate to Editor | Code Style |PHP.
  2. Click the Set from... link in the upper-right corner and select the Predefined Style | Symfony2 option from the pop-up menu.

    ps symfony code style settings
Last modified: 18 September 2018