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Installing WebStorm on Linux

WebStorm is one of the most widely used IDEs for web development (and my personal favorite). In this post I will describe how to install it on a Linux machine. Enjoy!

OK! Let's begin then!

Firstly, download the *.tar.gz file from the WebStorm website. Make sure you choose the Linux version.

I'm assuming that you've downloaded the *.tar.gz file into your Downloads folder, so open a terminal and run the following command:

cd ~/Downloads/

Then unpack the *.tar.gz file:

tar xfz WebStorm-*.tar.gz

You can move the unpacked directory wherever you prefer. Since this is not a crucial step , I will just leave it in the Downloads directory. If you do the same, make sure you won't delete it in the future. The next step is to just go into the newly created directory:

cd WebStorm (press tab for the directory to get autocompleted)
cd bin

and run the installer;


If you get the following pop-up:
Cannot start WebStorm

You have to install JAVA JDK and take care the environment variables.

If you're using Ubuntu just run the following command:

sudo apt-get install default-jdk

This will probably take a while but it should take care of this issue. When it's done try to install WebStorm again:


WebStorm is not a free-ware so at some point you will get the following pop-up:

Select the option "Evaluate for free for 30 days", then select accept and just follow the wizard.

OK! That should do it, you've now successfully installed WebStorm.

Take into account that if you are a student you can get a free activation code! All you have to do is apply for one here. Just use a valid university email when applying.

This is it! We're done! Happy coding!

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