Code reference information
The Parameter Info popup shows the names of parameters in method and function calls. PhpStorm automatically shows a popup with all available method signatures within 1 second (1000 milliseconds) after you type an opening bracket in the editor, or select a method from the suggestions list.
You can explicitly invoke the popup if it has closed or if your IDE is configured not to show the popup automatically. To do so, press Ctrl+P (or click ).
Show full method or function signatures
By default, the parameter info popup shows simple signatures. You can configure the IDE to show full signatures that include method names and returned types.
In the Settings dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), go to , and select the Show full method signatures checkbox.
Configure the parameter info popup
In the Settings dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), go to .
In the Show the parameter info popup in ... milliseconds field, specify the time in milliseconds after which the popup should appear.
If you don't want the popup to appear automatically, clear the Show the parameter info popup in ... milliseconds checkbox.
Some of the hints are enabled by default.
You can fine-tune inlay hints in Inlay hints.. For detailed explanation of what each type does, see
In the PHP context, you can choose the following options:
Show name for all arguments: if selected, parameter name hints are displayed for all arguments. Otherwise, parameter hints are displayed only for literals or
nullvalues but not for named objects.
Always show pass by reference: if selected, the
¶meter hints are shown for arguments that are passed by reference. The names of the arguments that match the parameters' names are omitted if the Show name for all arguments checkbox is cleared.
Configure the parameter hints exception list
If you don't want to see parameter hints for specific methods, you can configure the list with exceptions. By default, the exception list contains a number of pre-defined methods. You can remove a method from the list to see the hints for it, or add new methods to hide their hints in the editor.
In the Settings dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), select and click the necessary language.
Select Parameter hints in the list in the middle section.
The options for configuring hints become available on the right.
Add methods for which you don't want to see the hints to the Exclude list section.
Add cases for which you do not want to see the hints to the Exclude list section. To add a case, click the inline hint in your code, press Alt+Enter and select Do not show hints for current method.
Apply the changes and close the dialog.
You can get quick information for any symbol right from the editor by means of the Quick Documentation feature. It shows you code documentation in a popup as you hover the mouse over code elements.
For markup languages, PhpStorm retrieves reference from the language specification according to the Document Type setting.
Documentation look-up is also available for Drupal hooks, see Drupal.
Quick Documentation in a popup
View Quick Documentation in a popup
Hover the mouse over the necessary symbol in the editor.
Place the caret at the symbol and press Ctrl+Q ().
Press Ctrl+Q again to open this documentation in the Documentation tool window.
Click in the popup to change the font size, display the quick documentation toolbar, or go to the source code.
Disable Quick Documentation on hover
By default, the quick documentation popup appears as you hover the mouse over code elements. You can configure the IDE to display the popup only after you explicitly invoke the Quick Documentation feature.
Click in the popup and disable the Show on Mouse Move option.
In the Settings dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), go to and clear the Show quick documentation on hover checkbox.
In this case, to view documentation for a symbol at caret, press Ctrl+Q or select display it in the tool window right away.from the main menu. The documentation will be shown in a popup, but you can configure the IDE to
Quick Documentation in the tool window
View documentation in the tool window
With the default settings, pressing Ctrl+Q () opens quick documentation in a popup. You can change the settings to view documentation in the tool window.
In the quick documentation popup, click and disable the Show Documentation Popup First option.
In the Documentation tool window, click the icon on the tool window toolbar and disable the Show Documentation Popup First option.
Keep documentation in the tool window
You can open a piece of documentation for a specific code element in the tool window and keep viewing documentation for other elements in your current file.
Place the caret at the required code element and press Ctrl+Q. If the popup appears, press Ctrl+Q again to switch to the tool window.
The asterisk symbol (
*) on the documentation tab means that the tab is not pinned, so its content will be replaced by documentation for another code element that you select in the editor.
Right-click the tab with the documentation in the documentation tool window and enable the Keep This Documentation option.
After that, the current documentation tab will be pinned. You can return to the editor and view documentation for other code elements that will open either in the popup or in a new tab in the tool window.
When you are viewing code documentation in the tool window, it is displayed on the unpinned tab (the tab marked with the asterisk symbol (
*). There are several ways in which you can work with it:
You can view documentation by hovering the mouse over code elements.
Click the icon on the tool window toolbar and enable the Show on Mouse Move and Auto-Update from Source options.
You can view documentation as you place the caret at symbols in the editor either by clicking them or by moving the caret.
Click the icon on the toolbar, disable the Show on Mouse Move and enable the Auto-Update from Source options.
You can view documentation by placing the caret at a symbol and pressing Ctrl+Q or selectingfrom the main menu.
Click the icon on the tool window toolbar, disable the Show on Mouse Move and Auto-Update from Source options.
External documentation opens the necessary information in a web browser so that you can navigate to related symbols and keep the information for further reference at the same time.
View external documentation
To view documentation for a symbol at the caret in a browser, press Shift+F1 or selectfrom the main menu.
In PhpStorm, you can identify the type of a variable or expression in the following way:
Place the caret at the necessary code element and press Ctrl+Shift+P (or selectfrom the main menu).
If several expressions are available, select the desired one from the popup menu and press Enter.
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