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Phpstorm License Server: Best Practices and Troubleshooting Tips



How to Manage Your Phpstorm License with Phpstorm License Server




Phpstorm is one of the most popular IDEs for PHP development, offering a rich set of features and tools to help you code faster and easier. But how do you activate and use your Phpstorm license on multiple machines?




Phpstorm License Server



One solution is to use Phpstorm License Server, a service that lets you distribute and manage your JetBrains product licenses within your company network. With Phpstorm License Server, you can assign licenses based on a per-machine licensing model, meaning that each machine that runs Phpstorm needs a license.


In this article, we will show you what Phpstorm License Server is, how to get it, how to install and configure it, and how to register and activate your Phpstorm license using it.


What is Phpstorm License Server?




Phpstorm License Server (FLS) is a Java-based application that enables you to manage your JetBrains product licenses within your company network. FLS supports all JetBrains Toolbox and Plugins subscription licenses, but not Team Tools.


FLS is available if you own more than 50 active product subscriptions. This limit does not apply to classroom licenses, which can use FLS with any number of licenses.


FLS works by assigning licenses based on a per-machine licensing model. This means that if a single user runs multiple IDEs concurrently on different machines, they need a license for each machine. However, if a user runs only one IDE at a time on different machines, they only need one license.


FLS also allows you to monitor the usage of your licenses and revoke them if needed. You can access FLS from any device with an internet connection using a web browser.


How to Get Phpstorm License Server?




To start using FLS for your JetBrains products, you need to contact the Sales team to enable FLS for your JetBrains Account. You also need to have a valid license for Phpstorm or any other JetBrains product that you want to use with FLS.


Once you have FLS enabled for your account, you can download the latest version of FLS from the Release notes page. You can choose between different distributions of FLS depending on your operating system and preferences.


You can also try License Vault, a new cloud service for license distribution hosted by JetBrains. License Vault does not require installation and can be accessed from any device with an internet connection. Learn more about License Vault here.


How to Install and Configure Phpstorm License Server?




To install FLS on your machine, you need to unzip the downloaded archive and run the executable file. You can also use command-line arguments or environment variables to customize the installation process.


To configure FLS, you need to open the web interface of FLS using your browser. The default URL is http://localhost:8080/. You can change the port number or the host name by editing the configuration file or using command-line arguments.


In the web interface of FLS, you can register FLS with your JetBrains Account, add licenses to FLS, manage users and groups, view license usage statistics, and perform other administrative tasks.


How to Register and Activate Phpstorm License Using Phpstorm License Server?




To register and activate your Phpstorm license using FLS, you need to follow these steps:


  • Run Phpstorm and select "Evaluate for free" at the "License Activation" window. Click "Evaluate".



  • Select Help Register from the main menu or click Help Manage License on the Welcome screen to open the Licenses dialog.



  • Select "License server" as the registration option and enter the URL of your FLS instance. For example: http://my-fls.com:8080/



  • Click "Activate" to start using your license.



You can also set the URL of your FLS instance by setting the JETBRAINS_LICENSE_SERVER environment variable or adding the -DJETBRAINS_LICENSE_SERVER JVM option.


Conclusion




Phpstorm License Server is a useful service that allows you to manage your JetBrains product licenses within your company network. With FLS, you can assign licenses based on a per-machine licensing model, monitor license usage, and revoke licenses if needed.


To use FLS for your Phpstorm license, you need to contact the Sales team to enable FLS for your account, download and install FLS on your machine, register and activate your license using FLS web interface or IDE dialog.


We hope this article helped you understand what Phpstorm License Server is and how to use it. If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know in the comments below.


What are the Benefits of Phpstorm License Server?




Using Phpstorm License Server for your JetBrains products has several benefits, such as:


  • You can save money by purchasing fewer licenses than the number of users. For example, if you have 100 users who run Phpstorm on different machines, but only 50 of them use it at the same time, you only need 50 licenses.



  • You can easily manage your licenses and users from a central location. You can add, remove, or revoke licenses as needed, and assign them to specific users or groups.



  • You can track the usage of your licenses and generate reports. You can see how many licenses are used, by whom, and when. You can also export the data to CSV or JSON formats.



  • You can ensure compliance with the JetBrains End-User License Agreement. You can prevent unauthorized use of your licenses by setting up authentication and encryption options.



What are the Alternatives to Phpstorm License Server?




If you don't want to use Phpstorm License Server for your JetBrains products, you have other options to activate and use your licenses, such as:


  • You can use your JetBrains Account to activate your license online. You can log in to your JetBrains Account from any machine that runs Phpstorm and start using your license. You can also switch between machines without deactivating your license.



  • You can use an activation code to activate your license offline. You can receive an activation code when you purchase a product license, or download it from your JetBrains Account. You can enter the activation code in the Licenses dialog of Phpstorm and start using your license.



  • You can use License Vault to distribute and manage your licenses online. License Vault is a new cloud service hosted by JetBrains that does not require installation or configuration. You can access License Vault from any device with an internet connection and assign licenses to users or groups.



How to Troubleshoot Phpstorm License Server?




If you encounter any problems with Phpstorm License Server, you can try the following steps to troubleshoot them:


  • Check the FLS logs for any errors or warnings. You can find the logs in the logs folder of your FLS installation directory.



  • Check the network connectivity between your machine and the FLS instance. You can use tools like ping or telnet to test the connection.



  • Check the firewall settings on your machine and the FLS instance. You may need to allow incoming and outgoing traffic on port 8080 or the port that you configured for FLS.



  • Check the FLS web interface for any license issues. You can see the status of your licenses, users, and groups, and resolve any conflicts or violations.



  • Check the IDE logs for any errors or warnings related to license activation. You can find the logs in Help Show Log in Explorer.



If none of these steps help, you can contact the JetBrains Support team for further assistance.


How to Update Phpstorm License Server?




To update Phpstorm License Server to the latest version, you need to follow these steps:


  • Download the latest version of FLS from the Release notes page. You can choose between different distributions of FLS depending on your operating system and preferences.



  • Stop the FLS service on your machine. You can use the stop.bat or stop.sh script in your FLS installation directory.



  • Backup your FLS data. You can copy the data folder from your FLS installation directory to a safe location.



  • Unzip the downloaded archive and replace the existing files in your FLS installation directory with the new ones.



  • Start the FLS service on your machine. You can use the start.bat or start.sh script in your FLS installation directory.



  • Open the web interface of FLS and check if everything works as expected.



You can also use command-line arguments or environment variables to customize the update process.


How to Uninstall Phpstorm License Server?




If you want to uninstall Phpstorm License Server from your machine, you need to follow these steps:


  • Stop the FLS service on your machine. You can use the stop.bat or stop.sh script in your FLS installation directory.



  • Delete the FLS installation directory and all its contents.



  • Remove the JETBRAINS_LICENSE_SERVER environment variable or the -DJETBRAINS_LICENSE_SERVER JVM option if you set them.



  • Remove the -Djba.http.proxy JVM option if you set it.



You can also use command-line arguments or environment variables to customize the uninstallation process.


How to Get Help and Support for Phpstorm License Server?




If you need help or support for Phpstorm License Server, you have several options, such as:


  • Read this documentation for more information and guidance on how to use FLS.



  • Visit the FLS forum to ask questions, share feedback, and learn from other users.



  • Contact the JetBrains Support team via email or chat for technical assistance and troubleshooting.



  • Contact the Sales team via email or phone for licensing and billing inquiries.



You can also check the Release notes page for the latest updates and bug fixes for FLS.


Conclusion




Phpstorm License Server is a service that allows you to distribute and manage your JetBrains product licenses within your company network. With Phpstorm License Server, you can assign licenses based on a per-machine licensing model, monitor license usage, and revoke licenses if needed.


To use Phpstorm License Server for your Phpstorm license, you need to contact the Sales team to enable Phpstorm License Server for your account, download and install Phpstorm License Server on your machine, register and activate your license using Phpstorm License Server web interface or IDE dialog.


We hope this article helped you understand what Phpstorm License Server is and how to use it. If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know in the comments below. ca3e7ad8fd


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