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I'm using PhpStorm as my IDE for PHP development and I have noticed that by default, there is no space between the variable and the operator in my code. For example, I have code like this:


But I prefer to have a space before and after the assignment operator, like this:

$variable = $value;

I find it more readable and easier to understand the code. Is there a way to configure PhpStorm to automatically insert this space for me? It would save me a lot of time and effort in manually formatting my code. Thank you for any help!

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As a PhpStorm user, I can definitely relate to your preference for having spaces around operators in your code. It certainly contributes to better code readability. Luckily, PhpStorm offers a straightforward way to achieve this formatting automatically.

To set up the desired space between variables and operators, you need to configure the Code Style settings for PHP. Here's how you can do it:

1. Go to "File" > "Settings" (or "Preferences" on macOS).
2. In the left-side pane, navigate to "Editor" > "Code Style" > "PHP".
3. In the right-side pane, select the "Spaces" tab.
4. Look for the "Around operators" section and find the "Assignment operators" option.
5. Check the "In assignments" checkbox.
6. Specify the desired values for "Before" and "After" to control the number of spaces you want.

Once you have configured these settings, PhpStorm will automatically format your code by adding spaces around assignment operators when you apply the code formatting action, usually triggered using "Code" > "Reformat Code" or by pressing the associated shortcut key combination.

Remember to apply the changes by clicking "Apply" or "OK" to ensure that the formatting preferences take effect. From now on, your PHP code will have spaces around assignment operators, making it easier to read and understand.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.


As a fellow PhpStorm user, I completely understand the importance of code readability and personal preferences when it comes to formatting. Making space between variables and operators in your code is a great practice, and I've personally found a solution to automate this process in PhpStorm.

In order to configure PhpStorm to automatically insert spaces around operators, follow these steps:

1. Begin by navigating to "File" > "Settings" (or "Preferences" on macOS) in the top menu.
2. In the settings window, locate and select "Editor" > "Code Style" > "PHP" from the left-side pane.
3. Once the PHP code style settings are displayed, navigate to the "Spaces" tab on the right-side pane.
4. Within the "Around operators" section, find the "Assignment operators" option and tick the "In assignments" checkbox.
5. Here comes the interesting part – specify the number of spaces you wish to have before and after the assignment operator using the respective input fields.

Once you've completed these steps, any code you write or format using PhpStorm's code reformatting feature will automatically include the desired spaces around assignment operators.

It's crucial to click "Apply" or "OK" for the changes to take effect.

From personal experience, this feature has significantly improved the readability and overall aesthetics of my code. Now, I can focus more on logic and functionality without worrying about manual code formatting.

Feel free to give it a try and let me know if you need further assistance! Happy coding!


As someone who has used PhpStorm extensively, I completely understand your desire to have spaces between variables and operators in your code. In fact, I had the same preference when I first started using the IDE.

To configure PhpStorm to automatically insert spaces around assignment operators, you can follow these simple steps:

1. Open the "Settings" or "Preferences" dialog by selecting "File" from the top menu and then choosing either "Settings" or "Preferences" option.
2. In the left-hand pane of the settings window, navigate to "Editor" > "Code Style" > "PHP".
3. On the right-hand side, click on the "Spaces" tab.
4. Look for the "Around operators" section and locate the "Assignment operators" option.
5. Tick the checkbox for "In assignments" to enable the space insertion.
6. Specify the number of spaces you want before and after the assignment operator using the input fields provided.

Once you've made these adjustments, PhpStorm will automatically format your code to include spaces around assignment operators. You can trigger code formatting by using the "Reformat Code" option found under the "Code" menu or by using the associated keyboard shortcut.

In my personal experience, enabling this setting has substantially improved the readability of my code. It not only adheres to established coding standards but also makes the code easier to follow, especially when working with complex expressions.

Don't forget to save your changes by clicking "Apply" or "OK" for the new formatting settings to take effect.

I hope this helps you achieve the desired code style in PhpStorm. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask. Happy coding!

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