WebStorm 2016.3 Help

Run/Debug Configuration: Meteor

Use this dialog box to create configurations for running and debugging Meteor applications.

The dialog box is available when the Meteor 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.

On this page:

Configuration tab

ItemDescription
NameIn this text box, specify the name of the current run/debug configuration.
Share Select this check box to make the run/debug configuration available to other team members.

The shared run/debug configurations are kept in separate xml files under .idea\runConfigurations folder, while the local run/debug configurations are kept in the .idea\workspace.xml.

This check box is not available when editing the run/debug configuration defaults.

Meteor Executable In this field, specify the location of the Meteor executable file (see Installing Meteor).
Program Arguments In this field, specify the command line additional parameters to be passed to the executable file on start up, if applicable. These can be, for example, --dev, --test, or --prod to indicate the environment in which the application is running (development, test, or production environments) so different resources are loaded on start up.
Working Directory In this field, specify the folder under which the application files to run are stored. This folder must contain a .meteor folder in the root to be treated a Meteor project. By default, the field shows the path to the WebStorm project root.

Technically, several Meteor projects that implement different applications can be combined within one single WebStorm project. To run and debug these applications independently, create a separate run configuration for each of them with the relevant working directory. To avoid port conflicts, these run configurations should use different ports. In the Program Arguments field, specify a separate port for each run configuration in the format --port=<port_number>.

Environment Variables In this field, specify the environment variables for the Meteor executable file, if applicable.

Browser / Live Edit tab

In this tab, configure the behaviour of the browser and enable debugging the client-side code of the application. This functionality is provided through a JavaScript Debug run configuration, so technically, WebStorm creates separate run configurations for the server-side and the client-side code, but you specify all your settings in one dedicated Meteor run configuration.

ItemDescription
Open Browser In the text box in this area, specify the URL address to open the application at. If you select the After Launch check box, the browser will open this page automatically after the application starts. Alternatively you can view the same result by opening the page with this URL address in the browser of your choice manually.
After Launch Select this check box to have a browser started automatically after a debugging session is launched. Specify the browser to use in the drop-down list next to the check box.
  • To use the system default browser, choose Default.
  • To use a custom browser, choose it from the list. Note that Live Edit is fully supported only in Chrome.
  • To configure browsers, click the Browse button /help/img/idea/2016.3/browseButton.png and adjust the settings in the Web Browsers dialog box that opens. For more information, see Configuring Browsers.
With JavaScript Debugger Select this check box to enable debugging the client-side code in the selected browser.

Toolbar

ItemShortcutDescription
/help/img/idea/2016.3/new.png Alt+Insert Click this button to add a new configuration to the list.
/help/img/idea/2016.3/delete.png Alt+Delete Click this button to remove the selected configuration from the list.
/help/img/idea/2016.3/copy.gif Ctrl+D Click this button to create a copy of the selected configuration.
/help/img/idea/2016.3/settings.png Edit defaultsClick this button to edit the default configuration templates. The defaults are used for newly created configurations.
/help/img/idea/2016.3/arrowUp.png or /help/img/idea/2016.3/arrowDown.png Alt+Up or Alt+Down Use these buttons to move the selected configuration or folder up and down in the list.

The order of configurations or folders in the list defines the order in which configurations appear in the Run/Debug drop-down list on the main toolbar.

/help/img/idea/2016.3/sortAlphabetically.png Sort configurations Click this button to sort configurations in alphabetical order.

Common options

ItemDescription
NameIn this text box, specify the name of the current run/debug configuration. This field does not appear for the default run/debug configurations.
Defaults This node in the left-hand pane of the dialog box contains the default run/debug configuration settings. Select the desired configuration to change its default settings in the right-hand pane. The defaults are applied to all newly created run/debug configurations.
Share Select this check box to make the run/debug configuration available to other team members.

The shared run/debug configurations are kept in separate xml files under .idea\runConfigurations folder, while the local run/debug configurations are kept in the .idea\workspace.xml.

This check box is not available when editing the run/debug configuration defaults.

Single instance onlyIf this check box is selected, this run/debug configuration cannot be launched more than once.

Every time a new run/debug configuration is launched, WebStorm checks the presence of the other instances of the same run/debug configuration, and displays a confirmation dialog box. If you click OK in the confirmation dialog box, the first instance of the runner will be stopped, and the next one will take its place.

This makes sense when the usage of certain resources can cause conflicts, or when launching two run/debug configurations of the same type consumes too much of the CPU and memory resources.

If this check box is not selected, it is possible to launch as many instances of the runner as required. So doing, each runner will start in its own tab of the Run tool window.

Before launchSpecify which tasks must be performed before applying the run/debug configuration. The specified tasks are performed in the order they appear in the list.
ItemKeyboard shortcutDescription
/help/img/idea/2016.3/new.png Alt+Insert Click this icon to add a task to the list. Select the task to be added:
  • Run External tool. Select this option to run an application which is external to WebStorm. In the dialog that opens, select the application or applications that should be run. If the necessary application is not defined in WebStorm yet, add its definition. For more information, see Configuring Third-Party Tools and External Tools.
  • Run Another Configuration. Select this option to have another run/debug configuration executed. In the dialog that opens, select the configuration to run.

    This option is available only if you have already at least one run/debug configuration in the current project.

  • Run File Watchers. Select this option to have WebStorm apply all the currently active file watchers, see Using File Watchers for details.
  • Run Grunt task. Select this option to run a Grunt task. In the Grunt task dialog box that opens, specify the Gruntfile.js where the required task is defined, select the task to execute, and specify the arguments to pass to the Grunt tool.

    Specify the location of the Node.js interpreter, the parameters to pass to it, and the path to the grunt-cli package.

  • Run Gulp task. Select this option to run a Grunt task. In the Gulp task dialog box that opens, specify the Gulpfile.js where the required task is defined, select the task to execute, and specify the arguments to pass to the Gulp tool.

    Specify the location of the Node.js interpreter, the parameters to pass to it, and the path to the gulp package.

  • Run npm Script. Select this check box to execute an npm script. In the NPM Script dialog box that opens, specify the package.json file where the required script is defined, select the script to execute, choose the command to apply to it, and specify the arguments to execute the script with.

    Specify the location of the Node.js interpreter and the parameters to pass to it.

  • Compile TypeScript. Select this option to run the built-in TypeScript compiler and thus make sure that all the changes you made to your TypeScript code are reflected in the generated JavaScript files. In the TypeScript Compile Settings dialog that opens, select or clear the Check errors check box to configure the behaviour of the compiler in case any errors are detected:
    • If the Check errors check box is selected, the compiler will show all the errors and the run configuration will not start.
    • If the Check errors check box is cleared, the compiler will show all the detected errors but the run configuration still will be launched.
  • Generate CoffeeScript Source Maps. Select this option to have the source maps for your CoffeeScript sources generated. In the dialog that opens, specify where your CoffeeScript source files are located. For more information, see CoffeeScript Support.
  • Upload files to Remote Host. Select this option to have the application files automatically uploaded to the server according to the default server access configuration. For more information, see Configuring Synchronization with a Web Server and Uploading and Downloading Files.
/help/img/idea/2016.3/delete.png Alt+Delete Click this icon to remove the selected task from the list.
/help/img/idea/2016.3/editFlexLibraryNew.png Enter Click this icon to edit the selected task. Make the necessary changes in the dialog that opens.
/help/img/idea/2016.3/arrowUp.png Alt+Up Click this icon to move the selected task one line up in the list.
/help/img/idea/2016.3/arrowDown.png Alt+Down Click this icon to move the selected task one line down in the list.
Show this page Select this check box to have the run/debug configuration settings shown prior to actually starting the run/debug configuration.
Active tool windowSelect this option if you want the Run/Debug tool windows to be activated automatically when you run/debug your application. This option is enabled by default.

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Last modified: 1 December 2016