Install and set up WebStorm
2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB RAM recommended
1.5 GB hard disk space + at least 1 GB for caches
1024x768 minimum screen resolution
JRE 1.8 is bundled with the WebStorm distribution. You do not need to install Java on your computer to run WebStorm.
32-bit or 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 7 (SP1), or Vista (SP2)
macOS 10.8.3 or later
Download and install WebStorm
Download WebStorm for your operating system.
- Do the following depending on your operating system:
- Windows installation:
WebStorm-*.exefile you've downloaded.
Follow the instructions in the installation wizard.
- macOS installation:
.dmgpackage that you've downloaded, and drag WebStorm to the Applications folder.
WebStorm-*.dmgpackage that you've downloaded, and drag WebStorm to the Applications folder.
- Linux installation:
- Unpack the
WebStorm-*.tar.gzfile you have downloaded to a different folder if your current Downloads folder doesn't support file execution:
tar xfz WebStorm-*.tar.gz <new_archive_folder>
The recommended install location according to the filesystem hierarchy standard (FHS) is
/opt. To install WebStorm into this directory, type the following command:
sudo tar xfz WebStorm-*.tar.gz -C /opt/
Switch to the
- Unpack the
- Windows installation:
Earlier WebStorm versions are available for download on the Previous WebStorm Releases page.
Run WebStorm for the first time
Import WebStorm settings
When you start WebStorm for the first time, or after you have upgraded it from a previous version, the Complete Installation dialog opens where you can select whether you want to import the IDE settings.
If this is your first instance of WebStorm, choose the Do not import settings option.
Select the user interface theme
Next, you will be prompted to select the UI theme. You can choose between the Default and the Darcula themes.
Download and install additional plugins
On the next step, WebStorm prompts you to download and install additional plugins from the WebStorm plugins repository.
Start a project in WebStorm
After you have completed initial WebStorm configuration, the Welcome screen will be displayed. It allows you to:
To try and evaluate WebStorm, you can download and install its trial version for free. The trial version is available for 30 days, whereupon you need to obtain and register a license.
Do one of the following:
On the Welcome screen, click Configure | Manage License
On the main menu, select Help | Register
Select how you want to register WebStorm:
Register using the JetBrains Account.
For more information, see What is JetBrains Account?
Register using an activation code.
Register using a License Server.
To override the URL of the system proxy during initial WebStorm startup, use the
-Djba.http.proxyproperty, which can be added as a JVM option.
When performing silent install or managing WebStorm installations on multiple machines, you can set the
JETBRAINS_LICENSE_SERVERenvironment variable to point the installation to the license server URL.
If you have plugins that require a license, then instead of the License Activation dialog, open the Licenses dialog by clicking from the main menu.
The Licenses dialog contains a list of licenses and shows their states:
Expired: Renew your license to continue.
Grace period: You have several days until the license expires.
Evaluation period: Use without an active license.
Active license: Use until the expiry date.
To configure a license, click the Edit button, which opens the License Activation dialog.
Manage WebStorm through Toolbox App
Toolbox App is a control panel that allows you to manage all JetBrains developer tools, including WebStorm, as well as your projects, from a single point of access. It lets you launch the IDEs, maintain different versions of the same tool, install updates and roll them back if needed. It also remembers your JetBrains Account and uses it to automatically log you in when you install and register new tools.
Launch the setup file.
Now you can manage existing tools, install new tools, and download updates:
Perform silent installation on Windows
Silent installation is performed without any user interface. It can be used by network administrators to install WebStorm on a number of machines and avoid interrupting other users.
To perform silent install, run the installer with the following switches:
/S: Enable silent install
/D: Specify the path to the installation directory
/CONFIG: Specify the path to the silent configuration file
WebStorm.exe /S /CONFIG=d:\temp\silent.config /D=d:\IDE\WebStorm
Silent configuration file
You can download the silent configuration file for WebStorm at https://download.jetbrains.com/webstorm/silent.config
The silent configuration file defines options for installing WebStorm. With default options, silent installation is performed only for the current user (
mode=user). If you want to install WebStorm for all users, open the silent configuration file with a text editor, change the value of the installation mode option (
mode=admin) and run the installer as an administrator.
Uninstall WebStorm silently
To silently uninstall WebStorm, run the uninstaller with the
/S switch as an administrator. The uninstaller is located in the installation directory under bin.
cmd (Windows Command Prompt) as administrator, change to the WebStorm installation directory, and run the following:
Install WebStorm as a snap package on Linux
You can install WebStorm on Linux as a self-contained snap package. Since snaps update automatically, your WebStorm installation will always be up-to-date.
WebStorm is distributed via two channels:
The stable channel includes only stable versions. To install the latest stable release of WebStorm, run the following command:
$ sudo snap install webstorm --classic
The edge channel includes EAP builds. To install the latest EAP build of WebStorm, run the following command:
$ sudo snap install webstorm --classic --edge
When the snap is installed, you can launch it by running the
To list all installed snaps, run
sudo snap list. For more information, see the Snapcraft documentation.