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Hey guys! If you've watched even one video on KnpU - please tell me that you have - then you've seen me using PHPStorm.

Now think about how much you use your editor. If you work 40 hours a week I bet you stare deeply into your editor at least 20 of those hours. So over a year, that's... let's see here - carry the one - over 1,000 hours!

So if you could learn something that saves you a few seconds now, that's going to mean you're saving 10's of hours in the future.

Particularly in Symfony development, mastering PHPStorm is going to completely speed up the way you develop and help you catch mistakes you may have missed otherwise.

If you've never used PHPStorm before it does have a free trial period that you can use to see if it's going to work for you.

Go Deeper!

For even deeper information about PhpStorm settings and shortcuts, you can also check out Beginner's Guide to PhpStorm - Tips & Tricks.

UI Updates

I'm working with a fresh version of PHPStorm, this is not how I want my development environment to look - all this white is stressing me out. So download your own copy and let's customize this thing together.

If I open any of my files right now you'll see that they look pretty ugly. Let's clean that up first: open up preferences and in Appearance under Appearance & Behavior you can select your theme, change that to Darcula.

(insert Dracular slow laugh here)

This is the theme of the UI which also goes and sets the scheme for the editor. And this is already so much better. Staring into a white screen for 1,000+ hours a year is very similar to just staring at a lightbulb -- not so great on the eyes.

Speaking of eyes, I'd like to see my font size a bit bigger here. Back to preferences, on a mac its shortcut is , so I'll start using that. On Windows and Linux, it's the longer Ctrl+Alt+S - you can check out the key mappings under the keymap section, to see and simplify these.

Use this search to look for font. This pulls up a few things, general appearance, colors & fonts. Let's pick font here and there's font size.

I can't immediately change the font size I've got because that would change the Darcula scheme. So first let's click 'save as' so we can customize this, save it as 'darcula mine'. And now I can change the font size to 14 and give it a line spacing of say 1.2. Ahh so much better.

Project Organization

Over here on the left, you can see the tuts and knpu directories. I use these to help me build this tutorial - but when I'm coding, I don't want to see them. Any time you have a directory that you don't want PHPStorm to look into, or that you just don't want to see, you can hide it. Right click tuts, find 'mark directory as' and select 'excluded'. In a second that will hide this for me. Let's also do this on the knpu directory.

And now we can change the view in the upper left from 'project' to 'project files'. Let's also exclude this .idea directory. If you ever need to see those in the tree again you can just switch back to 'project' and they'll reappear. Then you can even unmark them if you want to.


Okay back to the 'project files' view. So PHPStorm is the best editor I've ever seen. But the real power with Symfony comes from an amazing plugin. Back in preferences if you search for Symfony it brings you to a plugin spot. Click 'Browse Repositories', here you see the community plugins for Symfony and there's one called the 'Symfony2 Plugin'.


The "Symfony2 Plugin" was renamed to "Symfony Support" - install this instead

To prove how great it is just look at its 1.2 million downloads. So press the 'Install Plugin' button to get this added to our IDE.

The other plugin that you are definitely going to want to install is this called 'PHP Annotations'. Find that one in the search and install it. Perfect.

Close out of this window, and then press ok and restart PHPStorm.

You only need to install the Symfony plugin once, but each time you start a new project you will need to enable it. Back in preferences, search Symfony and check the 'Enable Plugin for this Project' checkbox. Do that just one time per project - not bad!

The checkbox had a note that it requires a restart, that's mostly not true. But I am going to restart one more time because there are a few small features that will not work until you do this.

Now we're really ready to go! I've already got my my site running on localhost:8000 and we've got a nice looking 404 page since there isn't anything inside of here yet.


To run the website, execute in your terminal:

php app/console server:run

And open the homepage at http://localhost:8000/

Just to prove that the Symfony Plugin is installed and running, in the bottom right of PHPStorm you should see a little Symfony menu. Clicking it gives you a quick way to jump into the profiler for any recent requests.

Now that our editor is all setup let's get down to work!