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Run/Debug Configuration: PHP Web Application

Use this dialog box to configure running and debugging of PHP applications on a remote server. According to the settings of this configuration, PhpStorm fully controls the debugging process: it launches the application, opens the browser, and activates the debugging engine. A PHP Web Application debug configuration tells PhpStorm the URL address to access the starting page of the application, the browser to open the starting page in, and the debug server configuration to use. For details, see Debugging with a PHP Web Application Debug Configuration.

Click here for the description of the options that are common for all run/debug configurations.

The dialog box consists of the following areas:


Server Use this drop-down list to specify the Web server configuration to use. The list shows all the configurations that are currently available in PhpStorm.
browseButton.png Click this button to open the Servers page and view the details of the selected configuration there.
Start URL In this area, compose the URL address to access the application through. In the Start URL text box, specify the local file that implements the starting page of the application. Type the path to the desired file relative to the folder that is mapped to the root folder of the target host. PhpStorm concatenates the host root URL with the specified relative path and shows the URL address of the application starting page in the read-only field below.
BrowserFrom this drop-down list, select the Web browser to open the application in.
DebugUse the controls in this area to configure behaviour of the debugging tool.
  • Break at the first line - select this check box to have the debugging tool stop at the first line of the source code.


add Alt+Insert Click this button to add a new configuration to the list.
delete Alt+Delete Click this button to remove the selected configuration from the list.
copy Ctrl+D Click this button to create a copy of the selected configuration.
settings Edit defaultsClick this button to edit the default configuration templates. The defaults are used for newly created configurations.
arrowUp or arrowDown Alt+Up or Alt+Down Use these buttons to move the selected configuration or folder up and down in the list.

The order of configurations or folders in the list defines the order in which configurations appear in the Run/Debug drop-down list on the main toolbar.

sortAlphabetically Sort configurations Click this button to sort configurations in alphabetical order.

Common options

NameIn this text box, specify the name of the current run/debug configuration. This field does not appear for the default run/debug configurations.
Defaults This node in the left-hand pane of the dialog box contains the default run/debug configuration settings. Select the desired configuration to change its default settings in the right-hand pane. The defaults are applied to all newly created run/debug configurations.
Share Select this check box to make the run/debug configuration available to other team members.

The shared run/debug configurations are kept in separate xml files under .idea\runConfigurations folder, while the local run/debug configurations are kept in the .idea\workspace.xml.

This check box is not available when editing the run/debug configuration defaults.

Before launchSpecify which tasks must be performed before applying the run/debug configuration. The specified tasks are performed in the order they appear in the list.
ItemKeyboard shortcutDescription
add Alt+Insert Click this icon to add a task to the list. Select the task to be added:
  • Run External tool. Select this option to run an application which is external to PhpStorm. In the dialog that opens, select the application or applications that should be run. If the necessary application is not defined in PhpStorm yet, add its definition. For more information, see Configuring Third-Party Tools and External Tools.
  • Run File Watchers. Select this option to have PhpStorm apply all the currently active file watchers, see Using File Watchers for details.
  • Generate CoffeeScript Source Maps. Select this option to have the source maps for your CoffeeScript sources generated. In the dialog that opens, specify where your CoffeeScript source files are located. For more information, see CoffeeScript Support.
  • Run Phing target: Add this task to execute the specified Phing target prior to running or debugging. To appoint a Phing target, click the Browse button browse and select the desired target in the Choose Phing Target to Execute dialog box, that opens.
  • Run Remote External tool: Add a remote SSH external tool. Refer to the section Remote SSH External Tools for details.
  • Upload files to Remote Host. Select this option to have the application files automatically uploaded to the server according to the default server access configuration. For more information, see Configuring Synchronization with a Web Server and Uploading and Downloading Files.
delete Alt+Delete Click this icon to remove the selected task from the list.
edit1 Enter Click this icon to edit the selected task. Make the necessary changes in the dialog that opens.
arrowUp Alt+Up Click this icon to move the selected task one line up in the list.
arrowDown Alt+Down Click this icon to move the selected task one line down in the list.
Show this page Select this check box to have the run/debug configuration settings shown prior to actually starting the run/debug configuration.
Active tool windowSelect this option if you want the Run/Debug tool windows to be activated automatically when you run/debug your application. This option is enabled by default.

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Last modified: 23 November 2015