This section provides an overview of what webstorm is, and why a developer might want to use it.
It should also mention any large subjects within webstorm, and link out to the related topics. Since the Documentation for webstorm is new, you may need to create initial versions of those related topics.
Installation and Setup
WebStorm is lightweight yet powerful Integrated Development Environment (IDE) perfectly equipped for complex client-side development and server-side development, it is cross-platform and works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
In order to run WebStorm smoothly, the following hardware requirements are required:
- 1 GB RAM minimum, 2 GB RAM recommended
- 1024x768 minimum screen resolution
For previous versions of WebStorm before 2016 it’s required to have Java installed on the machine in order to run WebStorm, starting from WebStorm 2016 and above, JRE 1.8 is bundled with distributions for all platforms. You don’t need any Java to be installed on your machine in order to run WebStorm.
For the Operating System (OS) the following is required:
- Microsoft Windows 10/8/7/Vista/2003/XP (incl.64-bit)
- OS X 10.5 or higher, including 10.10 (Only 64-bit OS X is supported)
- OS Linux 64 bit (KDE, GNOME or Unity DE desktop)
- Download WebStorm from the Download page.
- Run the
WebStorm-*.exefile that starts the Installation Wizard. ( the * means the current version downloaded )
- Follow all steps suggested by the wizard. Pay special attention to the corresponding installation options.
OS X installation:
- Download the
WebStorm-*.dmgOS X Disk Image file from the Download page. ( the * means the current version downloaded )
- Double-click the downloaded
WebStorm-*.dmgOS X Disk Image file to mount it.
- Copy WebStorm to your Applications folder.
WebStorm-*.tar.gzfile from the Download page. ( the * means the current version downloaded )
Unpack the WebStorm-*.tar.gz file to an empty directory using the following command:
tar xfz WebStorm-*.tar.gz
Because running WebStorm from wherever you downloaded the file to may be inconvenient, it is recommended that you move the extracted or unpacked archive folder to the desired location using the
mvcommand in one of the following formats:
mv <path to extracted archive folder> <new archive folder>
- mv /downloads/WebStorm-* my/desired/location
- mv <path to WebStorm-*.tar.gz>
Switch to the bin directory in the new location:
cd <new archive folder>/WebStorm-*/bin
webstorm.shfrom the bin subdirectory.
Create Command-line Launcher
A command-line launcher is a handle tool which allows one to open WebStorm using the command-line. It can easily be created by using the menus
Tools > Create Command-line Launcher...
After selecting the option, you will be presented with the “Create Launcher Script” prompt for a location and name of the command-line launcher. This location should be within
$PATH so that it can be invoked in the command prompt / terminal.
The default value is
/usr/local/bin is the path the launcher will be added and
webstorm is the name of the file. The name of the file will also be used as the command to invoke and launch WebStorm, it can change it, but for this example we will assume it is the default value of “webstorm”
After this is done, you can open a terminal or command prompt and user the “webstorm” command to launch WebStorm with a specific directory. In the example below, WebStorm will be opened with the directory
~/Workspace/my-project at the root of the Project.
> webstorm ~/Workspace/my-project
webstorm . to open the current directory.