One Click install for PHPstorm and Xdebug

Is there any documentation for this. It is not working for me. I have used the public directory as my project directory in PHP Storm. I do not see a configuration called Local by Flywheel under my default configurations. Should I be looking somewhere else?


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Is there anything I might try to get this to work?

Thanks Bob

Hi Bob,

Can you please look inside the hidden .idea directory and check for local-by-flywheel.xml after clicking the button?

Sorry for the trouble!

I did not find that find on the initial site. I deleted and added another one.
I do have this file in the .idea folder.

Is there anything that needs to be done on the PHPstorm side to make it work?

Thanks for the help.


Hi Bob,

You’ll need to use the Run Configuration that’s provided. Select Local by Flywheel then click the little bug. This will start the debug session.


Tried to setup on different machine as I am on the road. Installs perfectly. Add sites works great.
Tried 3 different new sites. Not seeing the local-by-flywheel.xml file. All I see are these files in terminal.
➜ .idea ls -la
total 64
drwxr-xr-x 10 robertwolfe staff 340 Apr 20 18:43 .
drwxr-xr-x 6 robertwolfe staff 204 Apr 20 18:40 …
-rw-r–r-- 1 robertwolfe staff 4 Apr 20 18:40 .name
drwxr-xr-x 3 robertwolfe staff 102 Apr 20 18:40 copyright
-rw-r–r-- 1 robertwolfe staff 159 Apr 20 18:40 encodings.xml
-rw-r–r-- 1 robertwolfe staff 281 Apr 20 18:40 fly2.iml
drwxr-xr-x 4 robertwolfe staff 136 Apr 20 18:40 inspectionProfiles
-rw-r–r-- 1 robertwolfe staff 1388 Apr 20 18:43 misc.xml
-rw-r–r-- 1 robertwolfe staff 260 Apr 20 18:40 modules.xml
-rw-r–r-- 1 robertwolfe staff 9669 Apr 20 18:43 workspace.xml

Anything I should try. Is there anything that would cause a conflict on a local machine? Would for this to work. Great interface. I am currently using VV on this machine. Could that be causing a conflict.
Thanks for the help

Hi @wolferw2, are you on Windows? I just tried to set this up and encountered the same issue. It looks like the automatic configuration is assuming a Unix-like environment and creating a new ‘~’ directory under my home directory to hold the new PHPStorm configs.

If you copy the files from the .idea directory in the ‘~’ directory over to the analogous directory under the original ‘Local Sites’ directory, it should work.

Good luck!

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Good catch! I’ve made a note to investigate this on Windows.

Has this been fixed? I encounter the same problem today.

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