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Connect to a remote server from WebStorm

Since working remotely became a necessity, WebStorm offers the Remote Development functionality to help you code, run, debug, and deploy your projects remotely.


Before you start developing on the remote machine, make sure you have the following:

  • Remote machine (a target for an IDE) meets the minimum recommended requirements that can be found in IDEs articles.

  • You have installed a compatible SSH server on the Linux platform.

  • The Linux platform has any recent Linux AMD64 distribution such as Ubuntu 16.04+, RHEL/Centos 7+, and so on. There is no arm64 support yet. We recommend using machines with 2+ cores, 4GB+ of RAM, and 5GB+ of disk space.

  • You need to have the sftp subsystem enabled on the remote host. In the current implementation, we use it for the backend deployment.

Connection via SSH

The connection to a remote sever is done via SSH and can be started right from the welcome screen of WebStorm.

Connect to a remote server and open the remote project

  1. Ensure you have the Remote Development Gateway plugin enabled.

  2. On the WebStorm welcome screen, select Remote Development.

    Start remote development from the welcome screen
  3. In the Run the IDE Remotely section, click SSH Connection.

    If you have the IDE already running on the remote server and you have a connection link, you can use the Connect to Remote Host With a Link section.

  4. Configure the remote server connection parameters and click Check Connection and Continue to make sure the connection to the remote server is successful.

    WebStorm welcome screen: connect to SSH
  5. On the next page of the wizard, in the IDE version field, select the source of the remote IDE that you want to use.

    Use one of the following ways to get an IDE installer:

    • Automatically fetch from JetBrains installers storage -default variant.

      Your remote server must have a network connection to JetBrains URLs:

      https://code-with-me.jetbrains.com https://download.jetbrains.com https://download-cf.jetbrains.com https://cache-redirector.jetbrains.com
    • Fetch from your company's internal storage. In this case, you need to click Other options and select Use download link. It is helpful if remote machines don't have an Internet connection to JetBrains' websites or your organization uses some custom builds.

    • Upload from your local machine. In this case, click Other options and select Upload installer file. You need to get the IDE .tar.gz archive from the JetBrains website by yourself in advance.

    WebStorm welcome screen: IDE version field
  6. Click Download and Start IDE.

    WebStorm starts JetBrains Gateway, which downloads the IDE backend, launches, and opens JetBrains Client with your remote project.

For the information on how to start working with a separate JetBrains Gateway installer, refer to JetBrains Gateway.

For the information on how to add plugins or SDK, refer to the appropriate Getting Started section.

Last modified: 09 August 2022