By default, PhpStorm is configured to check for updates automatically and notify you when a new version is available. Updates are usually patch-based: they are applied to the existing installation and only require you to restart the IDE. However, sometimes patch updates are not available, and a new version of PhpStorm must be installed.
When PhpStorm updates to a new major release, it opens the What's New in PhpStorm tab in the editor with information about the changes, improvements, and fixes. To open this tab manually, select .
If PhpStorm does not have HTTP access outside your local network, it will not be able to check for updates and apply patches. In this case, you have to download new versions of the IDE and install them manually as described in Standalone installation.
If you installed PhpStorm using the Toolbox App, it will suggest you to update the IDE when a new version is available.
Automatically update all managed tools
Open the Toolbox App and click the Toolbox App menu icon in the top right corner.
In the Toolbox App Settings dialog, expand Tools and select Update all tools automatically.
If you disable this option, you will need to click Update next to any instance when a newer version comes out.
You can also configure the update policy for every managed IDE instance separately.
Configure the update policy for a specific instance
Open the Toolbox App, click next to the relevant IDE instance, and select Settings.
In the instance settings dialog, select the update channel to use for this IDE instance:
Update to Release: Update only to stable releases that are recommended for production.
To Release and Early Access Program: Includes updates to release candidates , beta releases, and EAP builds, which are not recommended for production and include feature previews.
If you installed PhpStorm manually, the standalone IDE instance will manage its own updates. It will notify you when a new version is available . You can choose to update the current instance, download and install the new version as a separate instance, postpone the notification, or ignore the update entirely.
Configure the update policy
To manage the PhpStorm update policy, open Settings/Preferences Ctrl+Alt+S and select .
The Updates page contains the following settings:
Check IDE updates for
Select whether you want PhpStorm to check for updates automatically and choose an update channel.
Check for plugin updates
Select whether you want PhpStorm to check for new versions of plugins automatically.
Check for Updates
Check for updates immediately.
Manage ignored updates…
Show the list of updates that were ignored. These updates will not be suggested until you remove them from the list of ignored updates.
Show What's New in the editor after an IDE update
Open a tab with information about new features and improvements after a major IDE update.
If you installed PhpStorm as a snap package, it will manage updates automatically. All snaps are updated automatically in the background every day. You can also get the latest version of all snaps manually at any time by running the following command:
Or if you want to update only the PhpStorm snap: