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Title: Escaping dollar sign (php variable) in PhpStorm's File Template

User: strugglingCoder2021

Subject: Need help escaping a dollar sign in File Template of PhpStorm


User: Hello everyone,

I hope you're all doing great. I'm currently working on a PHP project using PhpStorm, and I'm facing a small issue with escaping a dollar sign ($) in the File Template.

Context: In PhpStorm, File Templates are preconfigured code snippets that are used to generate new files with a predefined structure. These templates often include placeholders, which are replaced with dynamic values when the file is created.

Issue: However, I'm unable to figure out how to escape the dollar sign that is part of a PHP variable in the File Template. As the dollar sign ($) has a special meaning in PhpStorm templates, I'm having trouble using it as a literal character.

Example: Let's say I want to create a File Template for a PHP class file, and I would like to include the dollar sign ($) in the code. For instance, I want to generate the following line:

private $variableName;

But when I try to use the dollar sign in the File Template, PhpStorm interprets it as a variable placeholder and gives me an error.

Request: Could someone please guide me on how to escape the dollar sign in a PhpStorm File Template? I've searched through the PhpStorm documentation and various online forums, but couldn't find a solution specifically for this scenario.

Please note that I'm not looking for workarounds or suggestions to modify the template structure. My objective is to find a way to include a literal dollar sign ($) in the code generated by the File Template.

Thanks in advance for your assistance!


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User 2: Hi strugglingCoder2021,

I understand your frustration with escaping the dollar sign ($) in PhpStorm's File Templates. I faced a similar issue a while ago and managed to find an alternative solution. Instead of using the dollar sign directly, you can use the PHP heredoc syntax.

Here's an example of how you can generate the line "private $variableName;" in the File Template:

private <<<$variableName>>>;

By enclosing the variable name within `<<<` and `>>>` tags, PhpStorm will treat it as a heredoc string, and the dollar sign inside will be interpreted as a literal character.

Give this approach a try and let me know if it works for you!

Keep coding,
User 2


User 1: Hey strugglingCoder2021,

I had faced the same issue while working with PhpStorm's File Templates. Escaping the dollar sign ($) can be a bit tricky, but I managed to find a solution. Instead of directly using a dollar sign, you can use its ASCII code equivalent, which is "&#36;".

In your case, if you want to generate the line "private $variableName;", you can modify it like this:

private &#36;variableName;

This will ensure that the dollar sign is treated as a literal character and won't cause any conflicts with the variable placeholders in PhpStorm templates.

Give it a try and let me know if it works for you as well!

Best regards,
User 1

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