Is it possible somehow to install phpstorm and webstorm and having them in the application list?

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Step 1: Go to https://www.jetbrains.com/

Step 2: Download the tar.gz of the IDE you want. For eg. PhpStorm

Step 3: Extract the PhpStorm.tar.gz file to your preferred location. You can use the right-click option or from the command line use: $ tar -zxvf PhpStorm.tar.gz

Step 4: Now go to <folder location>/PhpStorm/bin and run the phpstorm.sh file. This will create an icon in the Application list as well as run the program.

Later on, when you want to start the application you can do so from the application list


Note: - Please note that PhpStorm and WebStorm are not FREE, so this is a 30-day trial, if you don't have activation key.

System requirements for both PhpStorm and WebStorm:

  • 1 GB RAM minimum, 2 GB RAM recommended
  • Oracle JRE 1.6+ or OpenJDK 1.7+
  • 1024x768 minimum screen resolution
  • GNOME or KDE desktop (works in elementary also)

Install dependencies:

From official site:

Oracle (Sun) JDK 1.6+ or OpenJDK 1.7 or higher (OpenJDK 1.8 is recommended). Using OpenJDK is not recommended because this may result in visual and performance problems. You can use OpenJDK on your own risk if Oracle JDK causes more severe issues in your system. Installation instructions:

Open terminal and run the folowing commands to install java (If you don't have):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-set-default

To install Phpstorm:

  • Download PhpStorm-10.0.3.tar.gz
  • Unpack the PhpStorm-10.0.3.tar.gz file using the following command:
    tar xfz PhpStorm-10.0.3.tar.gz

  • Run PhpStorm.sh from the bin subdirectory

To do the above steps open terminal and run:

wget https://download.jetbrains.com/webide/PhpStorm-10.0.3.tar.gz
tar xvfz PhpStorm-10.0.3.tar.gz
cd PhpStorm-143.1770/bin

To Install Webstorm:

  • Download WebStorm-11.0.3.tar.gz

  • Unpack the WebStorm-11.0.3.tar.gz file using the following command:
    tar xfz WebStorm-11.0.3.tar.gz

  • Run WebStorm.sh from the bin subdirectory

To do the above steps open terminal and run:

wget https://download.jetbrains.com/webstorm/WebStorm-11.0.3.tar.gz
tar xvfz WebStorm-11.0.3.tar.gz
cd WebStorm-*/bin

To create launcher icon:

While Installing phpstorm/webstorm it will ask to create Desktop Entry.

If you haven't enable the option, later you can do that from Configuration --> Create Desktop Entry.

  • It is actually Tools -> Create Desktop Entry....
    – Elias
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 7:44
  1. download the web storm from https://www.jetbrains.com/webstorm/download/#section=linux
  2. after open terminal use Alt+Ctrl+t and type $ sudo su enter give your pass word get root permission.
  3. enter cd Downloads get in to the directory.
  4. enter cd WebStorm-171.4694.29/
  5. enter cd bin
  6. enter sudo chmod +x webstorm.sh
  7. enter ./webstorm.sh now the web storm run

you can type ls bet ween each cmd and looking inside the list of items in the directory.


similar script for install or update(auto) jetbrains products like phpstorm, webstorm, IntelliJ Idea and other. + dependencies + non latin hotkeys fixes https://gist.github.com/zabidok/8418c4f679741f585ac9ce90b16fb8a5

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