PhpStorm 2016.2 is released!

PhpStorm 2016.2, the second update for PhpStorm this year, is now available for download! Read all about the new features and improvements on the PhpStorm website.

Here are some notable highlights of PhpStorm 2016.2:

Better PHP Language Support: Improved type inference, strict type inspection for PHP 7, better parsing of PHP 7 and PHP 7.1, and improved getter and setter generation for PHP 7 (and higher).

New Editing Experience: Dynamic live template for smart completion of function parameters; values of class constants shown in completion lists; possibility to filter out static methods from completion list; smart type code completion; and various @throws improvements.

Code Quality Analysis: Reworked Unused imports inspection for unused namespaces, functions, and constants; Return type inspection; and Dynamic call to static method inspection.

Frameworks, Tools, and more: Template projects, better Joomla! support, and Xdebug On Demand for CLI PHP Scripts.

Please see our issue tracker for the full list of PHP-related issues fixed and release notes from the previous EAP build.

PhpStorm 2016.2 also brings major improvements in its support of top-notch web technologies, such as:

  • TypeScript 2.0 support
  • Angular CLI and code snippets
  • Possibility to drag files into HTML

From IntelliJ Platform this release borrows:

  • Improvements in working with patches
  • Improved Git/Mercurial Log Viewer
  • UI Improvements
  • Support for fonts with ligatures

In addition, Database tools have been improved, compliments of our colleagues on the JetBrains DataGrip team.

For more details please see What’s New in PhpStorm 2016.2 and download a free 30-day PhpStorm trial for your operating system.

PhpStorm 2016.2 is available as a free update for everyone who has a active subscription for PhpStorm or All Products!

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  • Sebastiaan Stok

    I’m not really happy with this update, my entire color schema is messed-up it. I’m using a custom one, and now I need to update everything to fix it…

  • AllenJB

    Please be aware: This update breaks autocompletion for PHPUnit assert* methods. See

    • Artem Khvastunov

      Simply invoke completion twice to get static methods. If completion list appears automatically during typing you need to press Ctrl+Space to see more variants.

      • Rafal

        What is the reason of this change? Previous behavior I liked more

        • David Chang

          If this broke your workflow (as it did for me), please vote for this issue to bring it back:

          In the meantime, I’ve downgraded back to last year’s version of PhpStorm, which at least works.

  • Сергей О

    Please, add short PHP tag inspection!

  • The Mule

    This was released as a patch update, so I installed it, now it says my PERPETUAL license key is expired and I can’t do my job. If you’re going to make me pay for an update, the software needs to make that clear when offering it. You just cost me half my day.

    • Anna Lebedeva

      @disqus_8zUXERpxEd:disqus we are sorry for inconvenience. Please use this link to download the previous version

    • C4 Marcus

      This happened to me too. And I was never notified by the software that my license was running out or else I would have paid to renew it. But now I would have to purchase a new license. Just going to have to use 2016.1.2 for now on.

      • Anna Lebedeva

        @c4marcus:disqus did you also have perpetual license or some other type? We are trying to figure out all the cases so we avoid the confusion for the next time.

  • Stiropor

    Hmm, why does my phpStorm say I have the latest version when I try to update but really I have 2016.1.2?

    • Maxim Kolmakov

      Please try to invoke dialog manually via ”Help->Check for updates”. If this doesn’t help please create a new issue at because it’s very likely a configuration specific issue since a lot of customers receive update just fine.

      • Stiropor

        No difference and I tried that before posting here. I created an issue.

        • BlackHatMario

          or just uninstall your old phpstorm preserving all the settings. Then install the new one.

  • jacek

    Fuck… after updating I lost settings for all projects…

  • frees

    Hi I can’t create new project from samba share. After downloading files nothing happens and Phpstorm doesn’t open new project It just sits on welcome screen.

  • Steve Thomas

    I’m having issues with the xdebug extension and code coverage in unit tests:

    Process finished with exit code 139 (interrupted by signal 11: SIGSEGV)

    I installed php70 and php70-xdebug with homebrew then removed the xdebug ini file from conf.d.

    Anyone else seen this issue in phpstorm?

    • Maxim Kolmakov

      That is very likely not connected to PhpStorm and it’s just an issue in XDebug or PHP installation.

    • Ed Barnard

      This just started happening in a CakePHP 3.2 project. I’ve been running with code coverage all day, but after I updated a dependency I now get the above message when running the coverage report. Plain phpunit works fine, both as command line and from inside PhpStorm.

    • Rafael

      I’ve the same issue. In PhpStorm the debugger segfaults:

      /usr/local/bin/php -dxdebug.remote_enable=1 -dxdebug.remote_mode=req -dxdebug.remote_port=9000 -dxdebug.remote_host= /foo/bar/script.php
      Process finished with exit code 139 (interrupted by signal 11: SIGSEGV)

      When I use the same command in the terminal I get a different output:

      ➜  ~ /usr/local/bin/php -dxdebug.remote_enable=1 -dxdebug.remote_mode=req -dxdebug.remote_port=9000 -dxdebug.remote_host= /foo/bar/script.php
      ➜  ~ echo $?

      Any ideas what’s going on here?

      • nwrman

        Yeah, same here, have you found a solution?

        • Oldřich Šálek

          Do you have solution?

          • Rafael Sandim

            And you find a solution?

  • Алексей Шаров

    Guys, where is “Tools->Deployment” button?

    • Maxim Kolmakov

      Please check that “Remote Host Access” plugin is enabled in “Settings->Plugins”.

      • Алексей Шаров

        oh, i disabled it by myself. shock! Thanks!

  • Maik Ploigt

    The project names in the “Welcome Screen” are not displayed any more since the update. Only the full path to the project is displayed twice.

  • Michael Stern

    Why can’t I update from the IDE, and have to download and install hundreds of megabytes (yes, hundreds – if you consider what’ll land on my disk uncompressed – which is 500+ MB) again?

    The IDE only offers me to take me to the website. Why can’t I just click “Update now” and have PHPStorm patch itself? No need to start with a fresh install on every minor version upgrade, geez…………………

    • Maxim Kolmakov

      There should be an update from PhpStorm 2016.1.2 and from the latest EAP. Which version do you have?

  • Michal Samboush Vojtíšek

    XDebug on local Apache stop working after upgrade. Can’t figure out why.

  • Dmitriy Lapin
  • Josh Taylor

    How do I revert the font change?

  • Elias Soares

    Why did the multi-line selection shortcut does not exist anymore? >:(

  • itsmasud

    How can I get the latest update from the existing installed phpstrom… I am not getting the option in the following window. How can I update phpstrom not downloading the new version?

  • Half Crazed

    Why can’t the app auto update and stop changing installation paths on every version?! Very frustrating.

    • Iloomenotty

      Agreed. These aren’t “major” version changes, these could easily all be in a “minor” version that updates in the background and only requires a restart, not a full reinstall which has broken our imported settings before, and now they’re doing it 3 times a year. I think they just haven’t figured out how to do minor version updates in the background yet.

  • Alex Barker

    The 2016.2 upgrade was a disaster. PhpStorm “forgot” my licence and all of my IDE settings. Databases? What database? 20 servers and connection settings gone! I have come to expect a little more from jetbrains, let’s setup the QA process on these upgrades before we do that again.

    • Iloomenotty

      I updated from 8 to 10 and half of my settings were lost on import (from the exported file). I haven’t updated since, yet I sometimes I have to ask questions on the forums… for an old version.

  • thewinelake

    Presumably still no support for remote debugging of apps using Composer?