PhpStorm 8 Early Access Program started

phpstormeap8announcementToday we are glad to announce the start of Early Access Program for PhpStorm 8. A fresh build 134.1456 is available for download and we are waiting for your feedback in the Issue Tracker.

This build includes a bunch of new features, bug fixes and improvements from PHP, Web and IntelliJ platform sides (including long-awaited Multiple Selection – check the end of the post for more details).

From the PHP side, this build delivers:

  • Source & Test directories for PHP: Matching for project structure and namespaces (as in PSR-0), Detecting PSR-0 structure on new project, Maintaining structure on new class creation and refactorings
  • Line comments now can keep indentation (see WI-14262 for more information)
  • Drupal 8 support
  • Improved formatting of chained calls
  • Quick Documentation for live templates
  • Local History for selected function, class or method
  • New PHP formatting options: Class fields alignment
  • Unwrap/remove action for control structures
  • New PHP debug feature: Copy array/object value path (in variable context menu)
  • Allow to generate multiple getters/setters for a field
  • Type inference: instanceof with OR, support for array access via constant
  • New intentions: Replace ternary expression with if, Simplify if, Fix function signature intention for unused function parameter
  • Notable bug fix: type inference doesn’t override @var property hints any more
  • and much more (see complete list in our issue tracker)…

WebStorm 8 EAP is available as well (read more in WebStorm blog), and from the Web side we are ready to deliver:

  • Advanced AngularJS support
  • Spy-js JavaScript tracing tool integration
  • New Live console in JavaScript and Node.js debugger that allows you to enter commands and code
  • REST client improvements: Cookies
  • Bower integration: search through Bower registry, manage components in the IDE
  • RequireJS aliases support
  • CucumberJS support
  • Less 1.6 support

And finally, IntelliJ platform side brings us many features including:

  • Live templates are now suggested in code completion
  • Code blocks automatically indented after closing a curly brace
  • Support for Windows/Linux HiDPI devices via -Dis.hidpi=true
  • Multiple Selection (the most requested feature in PhpStorm)

With Multiple Selection, we can put our cursor in multiple locations in our file and write code simultaneously in these positions. Press Alt+Shift on the keyboard and use the mouse to select the locations of cursors.

With Select Next Occurrence or Alt+J (Ctrl-G on Mac OS X) we can add the next occurrence of the current word to the selection and then easily replace it. Hitting Escape lets us work with one cursor again. Please note that Select All Occurrences feature is on the way and will be available in one of the next EAPs.

Let’s see how we can add some new lines and replace print with echo:

Multiple Selections in PHP code with PhpStorm

Multiple selection works with all languages supported by PhpStorm such as PHP, HTML, JavaScript, CSS and more. Autocompletion (Ctrl+Space) and live templates are also available with multiple selection.

Download PhpStorm 8 EAP build 134.1456 for your platform from project EAP page and please report any bugs and feature request to our Issue Tracker.

This build includes a 30-day time-limited license. There is no patch updates available.

Remember to install .zip & .tar.gz versions into completely empty folder. Do not just unpack over previous version!

Please note that 8.0 builds use separate settings folder so either automatic or manual import of settings may be required. 3rd party plugins may or may not be compatible with 134.x builds – please ping plugin authors in case of any problems. We gladly offer them our support.

Develop with pleasure!
-JetBrains PhpStorm Team

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  • Daniel Ribeiro


  • Zafer Latif

    Nice ideas. Thank you JetBrains <3

  • Vladimir Droznik

    Are there any plans to add (or return back) highlight branch feature to git/mercurial repository browser tree viewer?
    It is very hard to work with tree when have 10-20 feature branches (hard to determine which were merged and which don’t)

  • MBB

    Allow to generate multiple getters/setters for a field

    What for?

  • Ibrahima Ciss

    Nice features, the multi-selection mode is very handy.

    What about Laravel integration (Blade highlighting syntax and so on….)?

  • Martin

    +1 laravel support

    • Diego Hernandes

      Blade Syntax Please, the issue it’s marked as “in progress” for decades and nothing was released so far! JetBrains, we really PHPStorm, don’t you ignore us!

      • Mikhail Vink

        We hear you, and it’s marked as “in progress” because we work on that and it’s in the near plans.

    • Victor

      Yup, Laravel 4 support would actually bring me back to PhpStorm from the realms of Vim. Imagine that, a Vim user being converted to a full blown IDE 😀

      So, can you pleeaase add some L4 integration? There’s quite a big community around it so far, and all of them are waiting for you to acknowledge that!

  • Catalin

    When are you going to include javascript features from Webstorm in Phpstorm( advanced angularjs, bower components)

    • Mikhail Vink

      They are available in this EAP build. Do you experience any problems with these features?

      • Evgeny

        Mikhail, Hi! Thanks for great product! I’ve just installed a new EAP but directives like ng-click are still highligthed as unknown attributes. What should I do to fix it? Thanks! (I’ve imported settings from previous installation (7.3 I guess))

  • ksd

    Bye bye sublimetext. Multiple selection is the bomb!

  • Andriy Bazanov

    Multiple selection — check for existing and post new tickets here:

  • Bilge

    Who the f*** needs multiple selection? Who actually programs like this? This nothing that cannot already be solved just as easily with search & replace.

    • Andriy Bazanov

      And .. what bothers you about it? If you aren’t using it right now in another tool then do not use it here as well — no one forces you.

      But to answer your question — lots (really — lots) of people have asked for that (that ticket is in TOP5 (or at least in TOP10) of most voted tickets). People got used to it in SL .. so they want it here as well. I’m not using it so I do not care .. but you know — it’s considered a cool feature .. and people these days like to have cool stuff around them (otherwise they do not look so cool as compared to other guys who use cool stuff, I guess…)

      In any case: it’s an IDE-wide feature and NO PhpStorm developer was involved in this .. so no dev time was taken away from PHP-related features.

      • Bilge

        Typing the same code in multiple locations is quite literally the enemy of DRY.

        • Mark

          You really have to use the feature to appreciate it. Nothing about this is *not* DRY.

          An example where I could have used this earlier today: I had just typed out a big long associative array mapping string keys to values. I later decided that I wanted all the keys to be lower case.

          With this feature I could have selected all the keys at once, and then toggled the case. Without this feature, there’s really no good way to do it. It’s not easy to write a regex that matches arbitrary array keys, and even if I did, I could still only toggle the case on one key at a time.

    • Jeera

      Ok, so you don’t use it so no one needs to? There are plenty of use cases where search/replace isn’t as practical or not fast enough.

    • Mike Schinkel

      How about refactoring and fixing someone else’s really bad code?
      Thankfully JetBrains has doesn’t have such a limited vision on my things.

      • Mike Schinkel


  • martian

    Please remove the Drupal logos from PHPStorm startscreen, a serious IDE should not promote some amateur spaghetti code such as Drupal’s. I liked the old start screen a lot more.


    • Peter

      You realize that Drupal 8 has been completely rewritten, right? It uses Symfony, Doctrine, Guzzle, Assetic and Twig libraries included via Composer.

      • Mikhail Vink

        Yes, we do realize that. And we support Symfony, Doctrine, Guzzle, Assetic and Twig libraries (and Composer tool) for quite a time, much earlier than Drupal 8 has become stable. We’ve performed an investigation of Drupal 8 features and architecture for sure. Is there anything in specific you are missing right now?

        • Andriy Bazanov


          • Mikhail Vink

            That was comment to Peter’s question on “You realize that Drupal 8 has been completely rewritten, right?” – may look a bit confusing due to wordpress blogs comments structure.

          • Andriy Bazanov

            Yes, I clearly understand that you have replied to Peter’s comment. Thing is — he replied to another person and not to JB staff/general comment and therefore your comment looks completely out of place — Peter did not complain (in that comment) about anything.

          • Mikhail Vink

            Oh, I see, sorry about that.

    • Andriy Bazanov

      Where do you see Drupal logos in PhpStorm v8 startup screen? Care to post a screenshot with that?

      P.S. Yes, it was (well, still is) in v7 .. but not in v8 anymore.


  • C. S.

    Multiple Selection ist great.

    But what about editing remote files directly, without having to download them?

    • Andriy Bazanov

      Sorry, but that it not possible to implement (your “without having to download them”).

      The file still needs to be downloaded so it can be edited .. just other editors/tools doing that transparently for you in background .. so it looks like it’s done directly on remote side (and this is what they can / should be able to implement .. but not yet in the works …).

      • Remy Vaartjes

        Don’t really care how this would works in the background. But it is a feature that would stop us from using other tools such as Coda or SSH terminal to do this. Often we need direct access to remote files. For instance config files that need to be different from dev environment. Also for quick debugging problems on a production environment. For me this is the only feature, I really miss in PhpStorm. Please, please implement this…

        • Dan

          You do know that if you set up a deployment server via SSH that you can use the built-in SSH console for that?

          Or download them from the deployment server into your project and then re-upload them?

  • Mike Erickson

    I am trying to startup PHPStorm EAP 8 and it crashes on launch everytime. I converted my existing PHPStorm 7 settings and it is attempting to open all my previously opened projects (that is when it is hanging).

    Is there a way to startup EAP 8 without opening my previously opened projects so I can see if it is related to the projects or app in general.

    • Andriy Bazanov

      1) Delete all settings for v8 EAP (while IDE is closed, of course)
      2) Launch IDE — it will ask if you want to import — choose not to (so you will have clean install)
      3) Open IDE settings and uncheck “reopen last project on startup”

      When you will be happy with v8 — repeat the same but import setting this time (or just copy most of the files across manually .. which is not recommended)

  • Mfawa Alfred Onen

    +1 for Laravel and I believe with Multiple Selections, It just got a lot better for PhpStorm. Keep up the good work!

  • Plazik

    Thanks for Drupal 8 support!

  • Ioannis Pontikis

    I hope that this will be available in PhpStorm 8, as promised.
    Thank you

    • Mikhail Vink

      We’ll try our best to make it happen. Thank you.

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  • Artur Eshenbrener

    Please, please, please, please, fix this: in 8 version!

  • Ben

    +1 laravel blade

  • Oink

    I hope you guys don’t forget to fix previous new features. Search everywhere is currently not usable, because of search results issues. Sometimes you get results, sometimes not … It’s great to become new features, but it would be even better, when current features work well.

  • Ivan Panteleev

    Please, vote for this:

    File Diff works really strange in PhpStorm!

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  • William

    the interfaces font size is really small!!! had to force override to 12.. by default its like 8/7ish

  • Dmitriy Garanzha

    Please, add support for git submodules:

  • Pavel

    Is there anybody started to experience problems with the encoding in PHP after installing EAP?
    I can not imagine how do the EAP installation could affect this, but there are no any changes in the system, except EAP installation. (php-5.4.9)

    Just wondering if this could happen after the installation. php.ini unchanged.

    • Andriy Bazanov

      No. All seems good to me.

      Your PHP file seems to be encoded in UTF-8. But standard DOS console does not seem to understand UTF-8 encoded text. I do not see how PhpStorm can break this for you (unless it uses wrong encoding — then check your settings/encoding for that file).

      Check this image:

      P.S. PHP 5.5.9; Windows 7 x64 SP1 ENG; locale: (“chcp” command shows codepage 850)

      • Pavel

        Yes, you right, the codepage was reseted. Based on the fact that CP was 437 (US), it could be due to the Windows Update (as one of the versions).

        Thank you.

  • Josh

    Would kill to get fonts to look as good in PHPStorm as they do Sublime with Linux.

  • Miklós


    Is there a chance for this ( getting into the mix for PHPStorm 8?

    • Mikhail Vink

      Unfortunately, can’t get any estimates on this one. Please stay tuned and watch the issue to get updates. Thank you!

  • Mike Schinkel

    Will the WordPress improvements make it into PhpStorm 8.0 or have to wait until 9.0?

    • Mikhail Vink

      WordPress improvements will be available in PhpStorm 8.0 (and initially available in one of the next EAPs).

  • Deryk Wenaus

    +1 for Laravel Blade support

  • Jiri Jagos

    Hello Jetbrains,

    Is it possible to register the EAP IDE release? Or what happens after the default 1 month period expires?

    • Mikhail Vink

      You can’t register your license in major release EAP build (30-day license is bundled), but we always release the next EAP before the current one expires (and it includes the next 30-day license).

      • Andre B.

        Mikhail, so you are saying that EAP builds do not require paid licenses as long as you update the release to the next EAP build before the 30 day license expires?

        • Mikhail Vink

          Yes, exactly. We try to make EAP versions as affordable as possible to gather feedback.

  • Gaz

    Tip for anyone using a Debian/Ubuntu VM – you might need to use an alternative desktop environment to Gnome3.

    Gnome3 doesn’t seem to like the native key combinations for multiple cursors.

    I’m using VMWare Player, not sure if it affects other platforms.

    Multiple cursors work wonderfully in xfce.

  • Alex Schmid

    Nice !

    Any news/plans on this?

    Would be really a great improvement for my daily work, maybe much more than multiple cursors 😉

    • Mikhail Vink

      There are no estimates on that right now.

  • Denis Krasilnikov

    Guys, you are really late with PSR-0 support, cuz PSR-4 is a new standard already

    • Rafi B.

      PSR-4 is not a newer version of PSR-0.

      • Jack

        It was never suggested that PSR-4 is a ‘newer version’ of PSR-0, merely that it is a new standard.

        I’d like to weigh in here for a +1 on PSR-4 support. It’s not a massive change to PSR-0 and it’s a whole lot smoother so it would be great to see in PHPStorm 8.0. Hoping we’ll get some confirmation from the devs on this one :)

  • Rafi B.

    Any reviews on stability and performance please?
    Stop trying to push your favorite feature/issue in release news.

  • Hdd

    Can anyone tell me.
    Why show echo() input ech Enter?
    Why not echo “”;

  • Artur Eshenbrener

    Mm, is the -Dshow.all.look.and.feels=true option still works? In phpStorm 7 it returns old LaF named “Alloy. Badouin Theme”. Is there any chance to use that LaF in phpStorm 8+?

    • Mikhail Vink

      It has been deprecated, so no longer available in PhpStorm 8.

  • Jose Hernandez

    Is the road map at going to be updated with PHPStorm 8 new features?

    • Mikhail Vink

      Yes, we are going to update it in a few days.

  • shiraz

    I was hoping to find a list of all the builds (need the list of bugs fixed by each of the builds) of phpstorm. can someone direct me as to how can i get that information.

    • Mikhail Vink

      You can get all the information in our issue tracker ( – check “Fix Versions” field.

    • Mikhail Vink

      You can also refer to this blog and navigate to list of fixes from release announcements.

  • Christian Magill

    Is Live Edit support coming soon? I get errors on restart when installing the plugin.

    • Mikhail Vink

      What version of the plugin do you have right now?

  • Ben Besselink

    What does “Early Access Program” mean? Is it like Beta-Version? Will it be in the future automatically a Full-Version, if i put my bought License Code in it?

    • Mikhail Vink

      Yes, it’s like Beta-version. You will need to download a full version when it is released, you can’t use license code for early access program version (every EAP build comes with bundled 30-day license, we publish new build before the one you have expires).

  • Maxx Schober

    Is it possible to run PhpStorm 8 beside V 7.x?

    • Mikhail Vink

      Yes, they use different config folders.

      • Maxx Schober

        Ok – it works. Thank you!

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  • Hai Nguyen

    An laravel templates support yet ?

    • Mikhail Vink

      Not yet, in progress

      • Hai Nguyen

        Will it get full support in phpstorm 8 ?

  • Ovidiu Badita

    I am new to phpstorm and I would love to try it. I Notice you support many frameworks. Is there a chance to support Codeigniter in the future? It is one of the most popular frameworks out there.
    Also, on javascript, support for angular is great to have, but it would be great to have built in support for extjs as well, since those frameworks are rather complex. If Codeigniter would be supported, I would move from netbeans with no regrets, since it is the framework I use every day.

    • Liubov Melnikova


      There is no ETA for Codeigniter specific features support, but we do have basic features support for most of well-known PHP frameworks. You can vote/comment for feature request on tracker: .
      As for extjs, it’s already supported, see: .

      • Ovidiu Badita

        This is a good news that you support extjs.
        I see that Codeigniter is sort of supportable, so that is good too. I will give it a try.
        I know that lots of people say CI is dead, but it is still used, so having code completion and access to methods, models and views, and simple navigation in project and connected files, is important. From what I read, with some comments, some managed to do it, some did not. I hope it will work out for me.

  • Dario(Argentina)

    I’m working with an external server (Really it’s a vmware virtual machine) This external server, have a xampp installed. I’m using a LiveEdit plugin but It doesn’t work with an external server. is there are any configuration or any tool that I can use to edit html (wysiwyg) with PHPStorm?

  • Max.wen

    Is there any possible to dev a new UI theme for Mac version?

    • Maxim Kolmakov

      What UI theme would you like to see?

      • Max.wen

        clean , Actually I like the Komodo IDE’s UI theme more. I use phpstorm on my Mac book. Everything looks so clean on OS X. But every time when I switch to phpstorm , there are so many UI elements … for example , there are always so much colorful blocks on the right scroll bar. Hope you could understand me :)

  • David

    One more: +1 for Laravel Blade support

  • Henrik

    +1 for Laravel & Blade

  • Erik

    Yes please. Blade support is a must. Huge influx of users from the Laravel community and I think this would help immensely.

  • kinstrife

    +1 for Laravel

    Why is it so easy with Sublime Text and not here ?

  • Hai Nguyen

    + 1 for Blade, please update

  • Darren

    +1 fort Laravel 4 support and its blade templating.

  • Miroslaw Karczmarczyk

    + 1 for Blade from me :)

  • Marcin Nabiałek

    Is it possible to have installed both version 7 and 8 EAP? During installation version 8 asks me to uninstall 7 version however if I don’t mark anything to uninstall I still can go to next step. So the question is – if I install it and don’t uninstall 7 version – will both versions work without a problem? I’d like to try 8 EAP but in case something doesn’t work I would like to have access to 7 version.

    • Maxim Kolmakov

      Yes, it’s possible. Version 8 and 7 uses different configuration folders so it’s possible to run them even simultaneously.