PhpStorm 8 Released With Full WordPress Support

PhpStorm from JetBrains is far and away the most favored IDE for PHP developers. In March, PhpStorm announced that the upcoming version 8 would add official support for WordPress. The official release is finally here and delivers on that promise, adding a deeper level of support for developers who work with the WordPress code base.

PhpStorm 8 makes it easy to set up your development environment configuration specifically for WordPress. You can now add WordPress integration when creating a new project, or add it to existing projects.


In version 8 you’ll find an impressive array of built-in hook features:

  • Completion for WordPress Action and Filter functions parameters (hooks completion)
  • Navigation from Action and Filter functions (hook registration) to hook invocation
  • Callbacks from Hook Registration
  • With Navigate | Symbol…you can search for hook invocations and easily navigate to them
  • Find Usages for Hook Registration Functions


This release adds WordPress code style, the ability to search on right from the editor, and support for WP-CLI. It also includes PHP Code Sniffer with WordPress Coding Standards integration to help you keep your project in line with WP coding conventions.


PhpStorm 8 includes a plugin skeleton to help you get started. It creates a plugin-name.php file with the proper meta information.


Check out the online documentation for a guide to configuring your development environment for WordPress projects. If you’re curious to know how much work went into building in WordPress support, have a look at the number of issues tracked during development for this version.

A PhpStorm license is $199, but if you contribute to an open source project or create open source extensions for WordPress, you may be eligible for a free Open Source License.


5 responses to “PhpStorm 8 Released With Full WordPress Support”

  1. Hey Sarah,

    There is almost always a major sale on PHPStorm towards the end of the year and once you buy the license, the annual renewal is much cheaper. Last two years running, if memory serves, there was a 50% off sale during the holidays.

    I bounce back and forth between PHPStorm and Sublime 3, depending on the project. The problem with both products is that pesky 30 day trial. By the end of it, you’re cursing yourself because buying the license is no longer a choice. They hook you. By the end of that period, you no longer want to write code without a real IDE.

  2. Great News! Pro-tip: These IDEs are often on sale around the start of school semesters i.e. September, December/January.

    Also, the individual license is half the price of commercial if you are not getting your employer to front the bill.

  3. Great post, Sarah! PHPStorm reached out to us several months ago, offerring any contributors to WP eCommerce a free license to PHPStorm.

    A lot of our contributors have been taking advantage of that and absolutely loving PHPStorm.

    Now that the final release is out, I’ll likely be switching over myself. We’re really grateful that PHPStorm is devoted to contributing back to the open source community in this way. Shameless plug: If you’re looking to get a free license to PHPStorm – we happily welcome new contributors to WP eCommerce over on Github :)

    • LOL Nice plug! Might gain WP E-Commerce a few new contributors, too, given how awesome PhpStorm 8 is. :D Now would be a great time to remind all the contributors on your project of the availability of your open source licensed copies, given all the exciting changes in version 8.


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