Source code hierarchy
With WebStorm, you can examine the hierarchy of classes, methods, and calls and explore the structure of source files.
Type hierarchies show parent and child classes of a class.
Method hierarchies show classes where a method:
Is not defined.
Should be defined if the class is not abstract.
Call hierarchies show callers (supertypes) or callees (subtypes) of a method.
When built, a hierarchy can be immediately viewed and examined in the Hierarchy tool window. By default, every new built hierarchy overwrites the contents of the current tab. You can retain the current tab and have the next hierarchy built in a new one.
Build a type hierarchy
In the editor, position the caret at the desired class or interface.
From the main menu, selector just press Ctrl+H.
Build a method hierarchy
Open the file in the editor and place the caret at the declaration of the desired method.
From the main menu, selector press Ctrl+Shift+H.
Build a call hierarchy
Call hierarchies show callers or callees of a method or function.
Open the file in the editor and place the caret at the declaration or usage of the desired method.
Alternatively, select the desired method in the Project tool window.
From the main menu, selector press Ctrl+Alt+H.
Retain a hierarchy tab
In the Hierarchy tool window, click the Pin Tab button on the toolbar.
Open the Hierarchy tool window
Make sure, you have already built hierarchies to show, see Building hierarchies above.
Selectfrom the main menu.
Navigate between the tabs of the Hierarchy tool window
Right-click the currently displayed tab and select/ from the context menu.
Press Alt+Right/ Alt+Left.
Click the currently displayed tab, and select the next one to display from the list.
Switch between callers and callees
With WebStorm, you can build and explore ascending or descending hierarchies, that is, callee or caller methods, parent or children classes, and so on.
Click or to show caller methods or callee methods respectively.
Hierarchy tool window buttons
Shows both the parent and child classes of the selected class, which is marked with an arrow in the tree of results.
|Depending on the hierarchy type: |
Depending on the hierarchy type:
|Sorts all elements within a tree alphabetically.||All hierarchies|
Use this list to limit the scope of the current hierarchy:
In addition to the preconfigured scopes, you can define your own one. To define a scope, select Configure from the list and define the required scope in the Scopes dialog.
In a method hierarchy, the tree views of the following classes are available:
|Shows all updated classes or class structures.||All hierarchies|
|Moves to a file and a section in a source code that corresponds to the selected node in the hierarchy tree.||All hierarchies|
|Expands all nodes.||All hierarchies|
|Locks the current tab from closing and reusing. Results of the next command are displayed in a new tab.||All hierarchies|
|Exports a hierarchy into a text file. You can specify a location for this file.||All hierarchies|
|Closes the tool window.||All hierarchies|
Viewing the structure of a file
WebStorm can show you the structure of the file that is currently opened in the editor. You can examine the file structure in the Structure tool window Alt+7 or in the Structure popup Ctrl+F12.
Click to show class fields.
Click to show inherited members.