WebStorm 2016.2 Help

Running SSH Terminal

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You can launch an SSH Session right from WebStorm. By running commands in a dedicated SSH terminal, you can access data on a remote Web server or a Vagrant instance (virtual machine) via an SSH tunnel, mainly upload and download files.

Preparing to work in the SSH Terminal

  1. Make sure the SSH Remote Run plugin is enabled. The plugin is bundled with WebStorm and activated by default. If the plugin is not activated, enable it on the Plugins page of the Settings / Preferences Dialog as described in Enabling and Disabling Plugins.
  2. Make sure, an SSH server is available in the destination environment: a remote Web server or a Vagrant instance (virtual machine).
  3. Register an account on the SSH server in the destination environment and generate a pair of SSH keys or a password, depending on the server policy.
  4. Appoint the destination environment and specify the settings to establish connection with it:
    1. Open the Settings / Preferences Dialog by pressing Ctrl+Alt+S or by choosing File | Settings for Windows and Linux or WebStorm | Preferences for OS X, and click SSH Terminal under Tools. The SSH Terminal page opens.
    2. In the Connection settings area, appoint the destination environment:
      • Current Vagrant: select this option to have the commands in the SSH Terminal executed on the currently running Vagrant virtual machine. For details, see Vagrant: Working with Reproducible Development Environments.
      • Deployment server: select this option to have the commands in the SSH Terminal executed on the local or remote Web server accessible through one of the server access configurations. From the drop-down list, choose the server access configuration that specifies the destination environment and the settings to establish connection to it.
        • Select server on every run: if this option is selected, you will have to choose the desired server access configuration from the pop-up window, every time you choose Tools | Start SSH Session on the main menu.
        • If the desired server access configuration does not appear in the drop-down list, click the link Configure Servers, and define one in the Deployment page. For details, see Configuring Synchronization with a Web Server.
    3. From the Default encoding drop-down list, select the desired encoding to be used in the SSH terminal.

Launching an SSH Terminal

  1. On the main menu, choose Tools | Start SSH Session.
  2. Depending on the connection settings, defined in the SSH Terminal page of the Settings dialog, the following types of behavior are possible:

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    Last modified: 2 September 2016