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How to open webstorm from the terminal

March 20, 2022

You might be wondering why I am writing an article about opening webstorm from terminal. Well, the simple truth is that this blog serve as much as a journal for me as much as providing helpful tips for others developers.

It is an issue I have whenever I setup my computer after a cleanup or a new purchase and every time I have to look it up.

Solution is for Mac computers for the most part

Nowadays its easier

The truth is nowadays it is very easy to open webstorm from terminal. And for most people its just a toggle.

How to do it

The easiest way is probably installing jetbrains toolbox. Then it's just a matter of clicking on the cog wheel


Then click on settings


Expand tools


Toggle on Generate shell scripts

And that should be it, for most users that is. For me it was a bit more complicated.

Alternative way

So for me, I had to follow some advice I found on stackoverflow, then it worked.

First make sure that you have the same issue as I have.

Check the logs

Navigate to Jetbrains Toobox -> settings -> show log files -> toolbox.log (for me in: ~/Library/Logs/JetBrains/Toolbox). and check if there is an error like

Shell Scripts failed: /usr/local/bin/webstorm (Permission denied

If so, then follow the advice below, else sorry it is something else.


OK so, when you toggle Generate shell script there will be a path preconfigured like, usr/local/bin.

The proposed solution is to change that path to something like ~/.jetbrain-launchers like so

jetbrains shell scripts path

Then check if the path was created by Jetbrains

ls ~/.jetbrain-launchers

Also make sure that you add ~/.jetbrain-launchers to your PATH variable.

Now, restart your terminal and you should be able to open webstorm from there.


Some things sometimes are not that straightforward, but I hope this article will help you to get the most out of webstorm.

Credits to the original author for the solution: Anita