How-to: Collecting PhpStorm/WebStorm debug Logs

The instructions below refer to PhpStorm, but all the steps for WebStorm are quite the same.

To take the logs you need to:

1. Open Help | Configure Debug Log Settings

2. Add the following lines:

  • problems with PHP debugging: com.jetbrains.php.debug
  • problems with deployment/synchronization: com.jetbrains.plugins.webDeployment


3. Click OK

4. Reproduce the problem.

5. Log files are to be found at:

  • from PhpStorm 
    • Windows\Linux: Help | Show Log in Explorer
    • Mac OS X: Help | Show Log in Finder
  • manually (~ stands for user home directory and XX for the number of version ):
    • Windows and Linux: ~\.PhpStormXX\system\log
    • Mac OS X: ~/Library/Logs/PhpStormXX


The latest log file is named idea.log, older files names end with number, i.e. idea.log.1, idea.log.2 etc. In the most cases you need only the latest one.


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