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To complete the workshop materials, you will need at least PhpStorm 2016.1 or later installed on your system, either the full version or a free trial. Many things will work with earlier versions too, but to do everything in these materials version 2016.1 or later is recommended (as it uses a pre-configured vagrant machine).


A git command line will be great to have as well.

1. What is covered?

This course does not cover every option and feature in PhpStorm. Instead, it gives a number of practical exercises to enhance your everyday workflow as a PHP developer.


This workshop is self-paced, meaning you can work your way through exercises on your own, whenever and wherever you want.

2. Keyboard shortcuts

We'll cover a vast number of keyboard shortcuts to boost your productivity in PhpStorm. Other IntelliJ-IDEA-based IDEs use the same keyboard shortcuts, so if you know how to work with PhpStorm, you'll know how to work with WebStorm, RubyMine, PyCharm, and IntelliJ IDEA, and vice versa. A cheat sheet is available online and is also included in the workshop download.

3. Getting started

Let's fetch the workshop materials!

3.1. Create a new project in PhpStorm using Check out from version control

Create a new project in PhpStorm using Check out from version control, and select the "Git" option.

3.2. Clone PhpStorm Workshop repository

Clone the repository with the Git Repository URL:


Note: In PhpStorm 2017.1.1 or later, you can create a PhpStorm Workshop project directly from the Create New Project dialog. Choose the "PhpStorm Workshop" project type in the left-hand side menu, then select the Vagrant or Docker project type (we recommend using Vagrant). 

3.3. Explore the project

The project contains a number of different folders and files. These correspond with the topics in the slide deck. Each folder includes one or more exercises. Most exercises are self-contained, but some build on previous ones.


  • with additional information about PhpStorm Workshop.
  • PhpStorm Reference Card.pdf – the PhpStorm keymap. The latest version can always be found on the PhpStorm website.

3.4.1 Start Vagrant machine

Most exercises require having a Vagrant box running. You may start it by selecting Tools->Vagrant->Up inside PhpStorm (make sure you have Vagrant installed). 


3.4.2 Run Docker (if you have chosen Docker project type)


If you are a Windows user, we recommend that you use Vagrant for PhpStorm Workshop. You can use Docker as an alternative, but this may require additional configuration efforts. MacOS and Linux users, however, are advised to use Docker. PhpStorm 2016.3 or later is required for this.


5. Start all required Docker containers by executing `docker-compose up` inside Terminal.

4. Feedback and pull requests

If you find an error and know what is wrong, feel free to fix it and send a pull request. If you discover an interesting PhpStorm feature which is not covered, fork our GitHub repository, add your content and send us a pull request.