PHPStorm launcher as terminal command on homestead

PHPStorm is a great IDE for PHP.This IDE support few major framework like Symfony, Drupal, WordPress, Zend Framework, Laravel, Magento, Joomla!, CakePHP, Yii etc.It provides the best code completion, refactorings, on-the-fly error prevention, and more.Today we know how can we access PHPStorm from our local ubuntu machine using a terminal command.First we will see how PHPStorm can access usually

Step 1: Go to https://www.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/download/#section=linux-version

Step 2: Download the tar.gz of the IDE you want. For eg. PhpStorm

Step 3: Extract the PhpStorm.tar.gz file in your preferred location. You can use the right click option or from the command line use: $ tar -zxvf PhpStorm.tar.gz

Step 4: Now go to /PhpStorm/bin and run the phpstorm.sh file. This will create an icon in the Application list as well as run the program.

Suppose we will create a command

pstorm

and using this command we run PHPStorm.For that we need to create a direct link to executable file phpstorm.sh,just like below

sudo ln -s /opt/PhpStorm/bin/phpstorm.sh /usr/bin/pstorm

In here phpstorm.sh is your source executable file and pstorm is the assigned command name
Now we will create a launcher pstorm.desktop in this location

/usr/share/applications

,just like below

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/pstorm.desktop

And then write the following code as below

[Desktop Entry]
Version=5.0.4
Name=PhpStorm
GenericName=Text Editor

Exec=pstorm
Terminal=false
Icon=/opt/PhpStorm/bin/webide.png
Type=Application
Categories=TextEditor;IDE;Development
X-Ayatana-Desktop-Shortcuts=NewWindow

[NewWindow Shortcut Group]
Name=New Window
Exec=pstorm
TargetEnvironment=Unity

Then just save the file and restart your terminal and run

pstorm

,your PHPStorm will appear.

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