WebStorm 2020.1 Help

Run WebStorm for the first time

When you run WebStorm for the first time, some steps are required to complete the installation, customize your instance, and start working with the IDE.

How to run

You can use the Toolbox App to run any JetBrains product. In case of a standalone installation, running WebStorm depends on the operating system:

  • Find WebStorm in the Start menu or use the desktop shortcut, if it was created during installation. You can also run webstorm.bat in the installation directory under bin.

  • Run the WebStorm app in the Applications directory, from Launchpad, or from Spotlight.

  • Run the webstorm.sh shell script in the installation directory under bin. You can also use the desktop shortcut, if it was created during installation.

For information about running WebStorm from the command line, see Command-line interface.

Select the user interface theme

Select whether you want to use the default Darcula or Light theme.

Select the UI theme

Create launcher script

Create Launcher Script

For the Linux and macOS users, WebStorm suggests the ability to use command line to open projects and separate files by specifying the directory or filename:

  • Select the Create a script for opening files and projects from the command line checkbox, and specify the name of the command-line launcher script to be created.

  • If necessary, you can create a command-line launcher later by using the Tools | Create Command-line Launcher command on the WebStorm main menu.

Windows users can complete the dialog, since there is no need to specify a command-line tool. Later, for opening a file or project from command line, it will be enough to launch the .exe file with the project or filename as a command-line argument.

Disable unnecessary plugins

WebStorm includes plugins that provide integration with different version control systems and application servers, add support for various frameworks and development technologies, and so on. To increase performance, you can disable plugins that you do not need. If necessary, you can enable them later in the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S under Plugins. For more information, see Manage plugins.

You can click the Disable All link for each group of plugins to disable them all, or Customize to disable individual plugins in the group.

Download and install additional plugins

If necessary, download and install additional plugins that are not bundled with the IDE from the WebStorm plugins repository.

Install additional plugins

Start a project in WebStorm

On the Welcome screen, you can do the following:

Welcome screen
Last modified: 09 July 2020