WebStorm Version Selection: Seeking User Advice


Hey folks,

I am asking for some advice from WebStorm users regarding my approach to choosing the (version) of the software I work with. 

I have many years of experience working in (desktop application development) using Visual Studio. When it comes to Visual Studio, (I'm still using VS 2019) I usually don't bother with the latest releases until they are around 3 or 4 years old. By that time, they feel/seem very stable and solid and have plenty of resources, documentation, code examples, etc. available.

Now, as I dive into WebStorm, I'm wondering if I should follow a similar approach when deciding which version to use. During my initial usage of WebStorm, I'm trying to figure out if it makes sense to start with an older version.

If any of you have insights to share, I'd really appreciate your input. Do you think it's a good idea to wait a while before switching to the latest WebStorm version? Have you found any advantages in using older versions?

There are no advantages in using old versions; I'd suggest starting with the most recent one

Hey Elena, thanks for sharing your thoughts. You recommended starting with the latest version of WebStorm, but I'm curious to know the reasons behind your suggestion. Could you please elaborate a bit on why you believe there are no advantages in using an older version? It would be great if you could provide some specific examples or insights. I'm really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this. Thanks!


The most recent version supports newer versions of frameworks, Node.js interpreters, etc. There are no advantages in using older version unless you are aware of some regressions that affect your workflow.