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On this article we will focus on how to install PHPStorm on Pop!_OS 20.04|20.10|21.04. PHPStorm is considered to deeply understand your code. PHPStorm is a JAVA based IDE(Integrated Development Environment), created by JetBrains mainly for PHP and web developers. It is known to provide CSS & JAVA script editor, PHP code debugging, extended HTML and an awesome autocompletion. Some of the System requirements for the installation of PHPStorm include;

  • GNOME or KDE desktop for Linux version
  • 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 10 or 8 for Windows version
  • macOS 10.13 or higher for Mac version
  • 2 GB of RAM minimum, 8 GB is recommended
  • 5 GB of hard disk space, preferably SSD, but not necessary
  • 1024×768 minimum screen resolution

To learn more on PHPStorm you can visit the jetbrains page and get to know about the amazing features that the latest PHPStorm comes with;

Install PHPStorm on Pop!_OS 20.04|20.10|21.04

On our previous article , we looked at how to install PHP 8 on Pop!_OS, which actually is supported by PHPStorm. So if you have PHP 8 on your system or any other like 5.3/5.4/5.5/5.6/7.0/7.1/7.2, you might actually need to know how to install PHPStorm. On this piece, we will focus on how to install PHPStorm on Pop!_OS, so, stay tuned to the end;

Step 1. Update the APT Package Repository Cache

To update the APT repository, utilize the following command;

sudo apt update

Step 2. Download PhpStorm.tar gz

To download the .tar gz of PhpStorm, use the wget command;

sudo apt install wget

A section of the output is as shown below;

[email protected]:~$ wget
--2021-07-02 14:19:18--
Resolving (,,, ...
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 525699953 (501M) [binary/octet-stream]
Saving to: ‘PhpStorm-2021.1.4.tar.gz.1’

PhpStorm-2021.1.4.t 100%[===================>] 501.35M  4.58MB/s    in 1m 48s

2021-07-02 14:21:06 (4.65 MB/s) - ‘PhpStorm-2021.1.4.tar.gz.1’ saved [525699953/525699953]

Step 3. Extract the downloaded file

To extract the .tar gz file you just downloaded, use the command below;

tar -xvf PhpStorm-2021.1.4.tar.gz

Below is a section of the output;


Step 4. Change Directory to PhpStorm-211.7628.25/bin/

To Change directory to the location stated above, use the command below;

cd PhpStorm-211.7628.25/bin/

This is the output;

[email protected]:~$ cd PhpStorm-211.7628.25/bin/
[email protected]:~/PhpStorm-211.7628.25/bin$

Step 5. Launch PHPStorm on Pop!_OS

To launch PhpStorm, run the following command from the /bin directory;


This is how it appears;

[email protected]:~/PhpStorm-211.7628.25/bin$ ./

On the next window tap OK, then choose evaluate for free(depending on how you want it), then tap continue and PHPStorm will be launched, just like as shown below;

Now that you have managed to install PhpStorm on Pop!_OS, you are now ready to use it. You can also utilize other ways on how to install PhpStorm on Pop!_OS using snap;

sudo snap install phpstorm --classic

Verify Installation using the command below;

snap info phpstorm

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