To set up PhpStorm to automatically make a Git commit and push when saving files, you can use a combination of PhpStorm's file watchers and Git integration. Here's a step-by-step guide:
Note: If you already have Git setup, you can skip to step 3.
If you haven't already, make sure Git is installed on your system and properly configured.
- Enable Git integration in PhpStorm:
- Open your project in PhpStorm.
- Go to File -> Settings (or PhpStorm -> Preferences on macOS) to open the Settings dialog.
- In the left pane, navigate to Version Control -> Git.
- Click the "+" button to add your Git executable path. If Git is already installed and in your system's PATH variable, PhpStorm should auto-detect it. Otherwise, you'll need to provide the path manually.
- Click "Test" to verify that PhpStorm can locate the Git executable.
- In the Settings dialog, go to Tools -> File Watchers.
- Click the "+" button to add a new file watcher.
- Choose "Custom" from the list of available file watchers.
Configure the file watcher settings:
- Name: Give your file watcher a descriptive name (e.g., "Git Commit and Push").
- File Type: Select the specific file types or patterns you want to trigger the Git commit and push action. For example, "*.php" to target PHP files.
- Scope: Choose the appropriate scope for your project files. I use a project folder and have everything within that push to my repository.
- Program: Set the path to the Git executable (already configured in step 2).
- Arguments: Enter the arguments to execute the Git commands. You can use the following template:
commit -am "Auto-commit on save" && push
- Working Directory: Set the working directory to
- Output paths to refresh: Add the path to the file(s) you want to refresh after the commit and push. For example, I use
Enable the file watcher:
- Check the "Auto-save edited files to trigger the watcher" option.
- Ensure that the file watcher is enabled by checking the box next to its name.
Apply and save the changes:
- Click "Apply" and then "OK" to save the settings.
Now, whenever you save a file that matches the configured file type or pattern, PhpStorm will automatically trigger the file watcher, which will perform a Git commit and push using the specified Git executable and arguments. The output paths you specified will also be refreshed, ensuring the latest changes are visible in PhpStorm.
Note: Be cautious when setting up automatic commit and push actions on save, as it may lead to unintended commits. It's a good practice to review the changes before committing and pushing to ensure the quality and correctness of your code.
So there you have it! Personally I use two separate file watchers, one for committing, and a separate one for pushing. They both run on save, but this enables more control over the advanced settings such as "Trigger regardless of syntax errors" - where my commit will happen, but it won't push if there are errors. I leave that as an exercise for the reader. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop a comment below! Thanks for reading!