A lot of features in WebStorm require access to the Internet. If you are working offline (for example, in an isolated environment), there are some aspects that you should keep in mind.
Access documentation offline
If you don't have internet access to view the online help, you can use the WebStorm Help plugin, which serves the help pages via the built-in web server for offline use.
By default, WebStorm is configured to check for updates automatically and notify you when a new version is available. Updates are usually patch-based: they are applied to the existing installation and only require you to restart the IDE. However, sometimes patch updates are not available, and a new version of WebStorm must be installed.
If WebStorm does not have HTTP access outside your local network, it will not be able to check for updates and apply patches. In this case, you have to download new versions of the IDE and install them manually as described in Standalone installation.
For more information, see Update WebStorm.
Usually, plugins are installed from JetBrains Marketplace. However, you can set up a custom plugin repository in your local network and configure WebStorm to use it for installing and updating plugins.
Alternatively, you can download and manually install plugins from disk.
You can evaluate WebStorm for up to 30 days. After that, buy and register a license to continue using the product.
If WebStorm does not have HTTP access outside your local network, you will not be able to use the JetBrains Account for signing in. However, you can generate an offline activation code that will be valid during your subscription term.
If your organization has at least 50 active subscriptions or licenses of JetBrains products, you can use the Floating License Server to activate WebStorm instances within your company network. Keep in mind that the License Server itself requires internet access for connecting to the JetBrains Account.
For more information, see Register WebStorm.
Some code inspections verify external resources. For example, the Non-existent web resource inspection highlights dead links. If you don't have internet access, these inspections will not work and dead links will not be highlighted.
For more information, see Code inspections.
Version control systems
Most likely, your source code is under some sort of version control system (VCS). If a remote repository is not in your local network, and there is no internet access, WebStorm will not be able to communicate with the VCS. For example, if you are using Git, you will be able to commit your changes but won’t be able to push them to the remote repository or pull updates from it.
For more information about VCS integration, see Version control.
Tasks and issue trackers
If the issue tracker server is not in your local network, and there is no internet access, WebStorm will not be able to sync your issues. In this case, you will be able to work only with local tasks that you create yourself.
For more information, see Manage tasks and contexts.
Even if you enable anonymous usage statistics, it will not be sent if there is no HTTP access outside your local network. Also, you can disable this feature entirely if you agreed at first and then changed your mind later.
Disable sending usage statistics
In the Settings dialog (Control+Alt+S), select Appearance & Behavior | System Settings | Data Sharing.
Clear the Send usage statistics checkbox.