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Creating and Editing Run/Debug Configurations

With the Navigation bar visible (View | Navigation Bar), the available run/debug configurations are displayed in the run/debug configuration selector in the Run area:

Choosing WebStorm run/debug configurations

WebStorm provides the Run/Debug Configuration dialog box as a tool for handling run/debug configurations: create configuration profiles or change the default ones.

WebStorm suggests the following ways to create a run/debug configuration:

To create a run/debug configuration

  1. Open the Run/Debug Configuration dialog box by doing one of the following:
    • On the main menu, choose Run | Edit Configurations.
    • With the Navigation Bar visible (View | Navigation Bar), choose Edit Configurations from the selector of run/debug configurations.
    • Press Shift+Alt+F10, then press 0 to display the Edit Configuration dialog box or select the configuration from the pop-up window and press F4.
  2. In the Run/Debug Configuration dialog box, click new on the toolbar or press Alt+Insert. The drop-down list shows the default run/debug configurations. Select the desired configuration type.
    ws add new configuration

    The fields that appear in the right pane display the default settings for the selected configuration type.

  3. For the new run/debug configuration:
    • Specify its name in the Name text box. This name will be shown in the list of the available run/debug configurations.
    • Specify whether you want to make WebStorm check execution status of the instances of the same run/debug configuration. If you want to make sure that only one instance of the run/debug configuration is currently executed, select the checkbox Single instance only. In this case, a confirmation dialog box will show up every time you try to launch run/debug configuration, when one instance of the same type is still running.

      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.

      If this checkbox is not selected, you can launch as many instances of the runner as required. As the result, each runner will start in its own tab of the Run tool window.

  4. In the Before launch section, define whether you want to execute some tools or scripts prior to launching the run/debug configuration.
  5. Specify additional parameters depending on the configuration type. Refer to the descriptions of run/debug configuration parameters below the Run/Debug Configurations Dialog section.
  6. Apply the changes and close the dialog box.

To edit an existing run/debug configuration

  1. Do one of the following:
    • From the main menu, choose Run | Edit Configurations.
    • With the Navigation Bar visible (View | Navigation Bar), choose Edit Configurations from the run/debug configurations selector.
    • PressShift+Alt+F10, then press 0 to display the Edit Configuration dialog box or select the configuration from the pop-up window and pressF4.
  2. In the corresponding run/debug configuration dialog box, change parameters as required.

Managing multiple run configurations

You can manage multiple run configurations at once in a dedicated dashboard. For example, you start, pause and stop several applications, track their status, and examine application-specific details.

To enable the dashboard

  1. Click Edit Configurations from the run/debug configurations selector.
  2. Select Defaults from the list in the left-hand section.
  3. Under the Run Dashboard Types section, click add and select the necessary run configuration type. You can add multiple configuration types one by one.
  4. Apply the changes and close the dialog.

To show or hide the dashboard, go to View | Tool Windows and click Run dashboard.

If necessary, you can hide the tree section on the dashboard and view configurations on dashboard tabs. To do so, click the Show Configurations icon on the left toolbar on the Run dashboard, or press Ctrl+Shift+T.

Last modified: 11 May 2018

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