Early Access Program

WebStorm 2021.1 Early Access Program Is Now Open!

Hi everyone! The Early Access Program (EAP) for WebStorm 2021.1 is now underway. This time our main focus is going to be quality, so we won’t be adding a lot of new features to WebStorm. Nevertheless, we’ll still include some additional enhancements that we’re sure you’ll enjoy.


If you’re not familiar with our Early Access Program, check out this blog post where we explain what the EAP is and why you should take part in it. TL;DR: aside from helping steer development in the direction you want it to go, you could also get a free WebStorm license.

Important! WebStorm EAP builds are not fully tested and might be unstable.

The Toolbox App is the easiest way to get the EAP builds and keep both your stable and EAP versions up to date. You can also manually download the EAP builds from our website.


Below you can find the most notable improvements available in WebStorm 2021.1 EAP #1. Please try them out and share your feedback with us.

Preview HTML files from WebStorm

To help you preview your HTML files faster, we’ve added a built-in browser preview to WebStorm. Any changes you make to an opened HTML file or the linked CSS and JavaScript files will be immediately saved, with the preview reloaded automatically so you can see those changes.

To open the preview, click the icon with the WebStorm logo in the widget in the top-right corner of the editor.


Please let us know what you think about this new functionality. It’s still in active development, so we’d really appreciate your feedback.

Configure a profile for pre-commit inspections

You can now choose a code inspection profile before committing changes to VCS. To do this, click the gear icon to show commit options, then tick the Analyze code checkbox, click Configure, and choose the desired profile. Profiles can be created in Preferences/Settings | Editor | Inspections. The IDE will use the selected profile when inspecting your code before the commit.


That’s it for the biggest highlights. This build also comes with some smaller, but still important fixes and improvements such as:

  • The IDE no longer freezes if you have the same shortcut assigned to multiple actions (IDEA-190158).
  • When working with pull requests, you’ll now get support for multi-line comments (IDEA-233916).
  • For the Commit tool window, the changelist comment is now used as the default commit message. If no comment is specified, the changelist name will be used (IDEA-215959).

For the full list of the latest enhancements available in WebStorm 2021.1 EAP #1, check out the release notes.

The WebStorm team

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