Installing PHP Storm in Windows seems quite like a piece of cake. But when it comes to installing PHP Storm in Ubuntu, non-nerds or noobs find it a bit tricky to get it installed on their machines.
Download the fresh copy of PHP Storm from their website.
Unzip your files to /opt directory(recommended) by running the following command in your terminal.
$sudo tar xf PhpStorm-*.tar.gz -C /opt/
Once the extraction is done, switch to the bin folder inside the PHP Storm directory.
Run the shell file to launch PHP Storm.
Once the installation is complete, the application will ask if you want to import your old settings. If not, leave it as it is.
Apart from installing & launching PHP Storm for the first time. Below are some of the useful tips for the beginners.
Create a Desktop Entry
Creating a desktop entry lets you easily access PHP Storm from system menu with better desktop integration.
To enable this functionality. Goto menu->tools->create-desktop-entry
Create a Command-line Launcher
For the ones with bit of experience using the terminal & finds easy playing around with commands. This features comes handy for them.
Enabling this will let you open up your PHP Storm by typing just a single command inside your project's directory. Goto menu->tools->create-command-line-launcher
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For example: We are inside the /var/www/html/foobar/ directory.
The above command will open up a new PHP Storm instance of the current directory.
Note: PHP Storm is a really powerful IDE which helps you understand your code deeply & supports almost all popular frameworks. But sadly, it comes with a 30-day free trial period only. After that I would suggest you to buy the full license from their website. It doesn't cost much.
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