Materials for the PhpStorm workshop. Check for more info.

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In these materials, you'll learn about many of the features and productivity tools available in PhpStorm IDE. Examples are navigation, editing, inspections, live templates, refactoring, tools like Composer and the REST client and many more things. It's virtually impossible to cover every option and feature in PhpStorm, but we're providing a number of practical exercises on how we can do our daily work as a PHP developer.

We'll also cover a vast amount of keyboard shortcuts to make working with PhpStorm more efficient. Other IntelliJ IDEA based IDE's use the same keyboard shortcuts, so if you know how to work with PhpStorm, you'll know how to work with WebStorm, RubyMine, PyCharm, IntelliJ IDEA and more. A cheat sheet is available online and is also included in the workshop download.

This workshop is self-paced, meaning you can work your way through exercises on your own, whenever and wherever you want. Exercises come as a PhpStorm project in which every file is a new exercise that may contain code and tips to get things done.


  • Vagrant: 1.8.*+
  • VirtualBox: 5.*+
  • PhpStorm 2016.1+

Getting the Project

There are several ways to get started with the PhpStorm workshop materials:

  • Create a new PhpStorm Workshop Project in PhpStorm

  • Create a new project using Composer. Note that you can also create a new project in PhpStorm and use the Composer project type and search for "jetbrains/phpstorm-workshop"

    php composer.phar create-project jetbrains/phpstorm-workshop -s dev

  • Clone the project using GitHub

    git clone

  • Download the ZIP


Docker Version of Workshop

We also have a Docker version of the same tutorial which uses Docker containers instead of Vagrant box. To get it please checkout docker branch.

  • Create a new project using Composer. Note that you can also create a new project in PhpStorm and use the Composer project type and search for jetbrains/phpstorm-workshop and select docker in version field.

    php composer.phar create-project jetbrains/phpstorm-workshop docker -s dev

  • Clone the project using GitHub and checkout docker branch

    git clone

    git checkout docker

  • Download the ZIP


Please then follow instructions in the README file from Docker Workshop.

Getting Started

Most exercises require to have Vagrant box running. You may start it using Tools->Vagrant->Up inside PhpStorm.

There are some things to know about the project:

  • The project can be opened as-is in PhpStorm. We've included configurations for PHP Remote Interpreter, Database, Deployment Server, PHP Web Debug, PHPUnit and Behat.
  • All numbered folders contain exercises that you can work on. Simply open the numbered files one by one and follow the comments in the file. Most exercises are self-contained, others build on previous exercises.
  • Some of the exercises are in Markdown format, you can read these files easier (like this one) by toggling the View to Show Preview Only in the top right hand corner.
  • The PhpStorm Reference Card.pdf is the PhpStorm keymap. The latest version can always be found on the PhpStorm website.

Open Source and Contribution

The workshop is Open Source, licensed under the Apache 2 license. If you would like to contribute to the workshop materials, please feel free to fork the repo and send us a pull request. Or if you have a comment, question, or suggestion for improvements, please raise an issue.