With WebStorm, you can get straight to work without installing any additional plugins – all the core functionality will work out of the box. But what if you want your coding tool to feel a bit more personal or need some extra functionality? Thanks to the wonderful folks from our community, we’ve got a bunch of plugins that can help with that!
In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the handiest plugins that have been developed for JetBrains IDEs. All of these plugins are compatible with other JetBrains IDEs, like PhpStorm and IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate, and can be installed from Preferences/Settings | Plugins. Of course, it’s not an exhaustive list of all the plugins available as there are hundreds of them in our repository. If there is a plugin you like that we haven’t mentioned here, let us know what it is in the comments.
Looking for something a little more you than the default IDE themes? There’s a variety of custom themes that you can choose from. The most popular themes include Material Theme UI, One Dark, Gradianto, and Dark Purple. If none of the existing themes suit your needs, you could also create your own.
Once installed, the theme will be available in the Theme dropdown menu under Preferences/Settings | Appearance & Behavior | Appearance.
While becoming keyboard-centric can greatly increase your productivity, it’s never been easy to get used to all the new shortcut combinations. The Key Promoter X plugin helps make this process a lot less daunting. When you use the mouse on a button inside the IDE, it shows you the keyboard shortcut you could’ve used instead. For buttons that don’t have a shortcut, the plugin suggests assigning one. All this helps you rely on the mouse less and less so you can eventually code faster.
This plugin color codes each pair of brackets, which can help you if you’re struggling to identify where each code block starts and ends.
With default colors, the plugin works better in a combination with dark themes. If you’re using a light theme or want to experiment with the defaults, you can create your own color scheme. You can do it in Preferences/Settings | Editor | Color Scheme | Rainbow Brackets.
This plugin is like Rainbow Brackets but for indents. Its main goal is to make indentation more readable. If the wrong indentation is used, the plugin will highlight the line in red, helping you find indent problems faster.
Just like with Rainbow Brackets, the default colors work better with dark themes. You can play around with the opacity of the indent colors in Preferences/Settings | Other Settings | Indent Rainbow and make it more suitable for light themes or your specific needs.
Want to make your progress bar look a little bit nicer? The Nyan Progress Bar plugin can help you with that.
If you need support for advanced text manipulation actions like switching from camelCase to kebab-lowercase, the String Manipulation plugin is what you’re looking for. You can find more information on the supported actions here.
This plugin can help you speed up the process of browsing through the content of each file. Specifically, it allows you to preview project files in the editor whenever you select them in the Project view.
Want to brighten up your theme with more colorful icons? The Atom Material Icons plugin is here to help.
If you feel like experimenting with navigation features, you can try the AceJump plugin out. It lets you jump to any symbol in the editor with just a few keystrokes. To learn more about how this plugin works, explore the detailed usage instructions available here.
Like organizing your ideas with mind maps? Then you may find the IDEA Mind Map plugin useful as it lets you create and edit mind maps represented by MMD files.
If you’re always getting stuck coming up with some random data for your project, then this plugin is just for you. It allows you to insert random numbers, strings, and UUIDs.
To insert random data, press Alt+R and choose the type of data you want to insert. A different value will be inserted each time you use the action.
Need to present at company events, record screencasts, or do pair programming? Install the Presentation Assistant plugin which displays the shortcuts you’re using and makes it easier for the audience to follow along with your actions.
That’s it from us today. What are your favorite WebStorm plugins? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
The WebStorm team