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7 Best PHP IDE for Developers and Programmers

Best PHP IDE is hard to find these days. There are too many factors one look in a PHP editor and that’s why it become a tough decision for many of the PHP Developers. On the other hand, development is a complete process and without tools in our hands, the process can become more cumbersome and time-consuming.

With the help of the PHP editor, one can easily configure the environment to his/her needs and look to gain productivity from the IDE. There are other factors that one should look into before choosing the best PHP IDE/Editor for his/her development work.

The factors can vary from simple FTP supports to more advanced shell scripting support. A list below tries to gauge the vast majority of features one can look for while choosing the PHP editor for his web development work.

  • FTP Support: So, that the programmer can load his updated work to the server directly.
  • Code Highlight: Programmers love to pinpoint important sections of the program and stay focused.
  • SVN Support: Version management is an integral part of anyone looking to build a great development environment.
  • Other Languages support. No one wants to get stuck with just one language per one IDE/Editor.
  • Workflow tools: The Workflow tools can enhance the overall idea of increasing productivity and tuning the IDE according to your needs.
  • Does the Editor or IDE is light weight? Will it slow my system down decreasing the productivity of the programmer.
  • Does the IDE supports plugin? Many programmers love this idea as this can add more customization options to the IDE being used.
  • Is the UI good? An important factor for many programmers out there.

And many more.

Are you in the same boat I was while choosing the best PHP IDE for your project? To solve your problem, I will list 7 Top PHP IDE for Developers.

Recently, I have listed the Top 11 Programming languages that you should learn in 2015 and 5 Best Text Editors for the programmers. And today, I am going to list 7 Best PHP IDE for developers and programmers.

7 Best PHP IDE for Developers and Programmers

1. PhpStorm

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PhpStorm is the most famous PHP Ide used by the programmers. It’s sleek, fast and downright the best PHP IDE. The IDE out of the box supports lots of features including Intelligent Code Editor, Code Completion, PHP refactoring, Code Rearranger and more.

The only downside of PhpStorm is that it is paid and you can use it for 30 days free trial, after that you need to pay for using the software.

It also supports various PHP frameworks and as a developer you can easily shift from one framework to another without any issues.

It also supports all version of PHP including the recent PHP release, 5.6.

Features of PhpStorm:

  • Language Feature Support
  • PHPDoc Support
  • Code Compilation and Code Formatting
  • Code Rearranger
  • Framework Support
  • PHPRefactoring

Other Stats:

  • Available for Windows, Linux, Mac
  • Price: 30 days trial/Paid
  • Download: PhpStorm

2. Sublime Text

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I have already discussed Sublime Text in the article, 5 Top Text Editors and it proves to be another game changer in the PHP department. The IDE is sleek and is full of features. Sublime Text deserves the second place in 7 best PHP IDE list.

The good thing about using Sublime Text is that it is free(the same way WinRar is free) and you can use it until you feel that it’s time to pay something to the developers for this amazing tool.

Features of Sublime Text

  • Supports multiple selections
  • GoTo
  • Command Palette for easy navigation
  • Distraction free mode for maximum concentration
  • Split Editing
  • Instant Project Switch and more.

Other Stats:

  • Available for: Windows, Linux, Mac
  • Price: Free
  • Download: Sublime Text

3. NetBeans

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NetBeans PHP Ide is a complete package for all the PHP developers, who are looking for something stable before starting the project. The idea behind NetBeans to provide you all the necessary tools to become the best web ninja out there. A complete package and also the best PHP IDE for many PHP developers out there.

The IDE supports HTML5 , CSS3 and JavaScript.

Features of NetBeans:

  • Adheres to Web Standards
  • Great Code Editor
  • PHP 5.4 Support
  • Supports major PHP frameworks such as Zend, Symfony.
  • Supports Version Control and PHP Unit for testing
  • Creates structure PHP projects
  • Supports Debugger

Other Stats:

  • Available: Windows, Linux, Mac, OS independent
  • Price: Free
  • Download: Netbeans IDE

4. Zend Studio 12

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ZendStudio is one of the leading PHP development IDE that supports project development, integration, and testing environment. It offers tons of features and creates the right environment for creating API and other kinds of PHP project.

Debugging is fun and powerful in Zend Studio 12.

Features of ZendStudio 12

  • Manages JavaScript Library
  • Can be used to create modules
  • Supports PHP 5.6
  • Can be used to create mobile application over PHP application
  • Powerful Code Editor
  • Supports REST services
  • Supports Angular.js
  • Can be used to create Android, iOS projects
  • Supports mobile emulators

Other Stats:

  • Available: Windows, Linux, Mac.
  • Price: trail/paid.
  • Download: Netbeans IDE

5. Notepad++

The simplest and most powerful IDE. Well, I might be wrong in identifying it as IDE, but it solves the problem of many PHP programmers out there. The simplicity is the most crucial aspect of Notepad++ and it also stood 1st in our Top 5 Text Editors for the programmers.

Other Stats

  • Available: Windows
  • Price: Free
  • Download: Notepad ++

6. Aptana

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Aptana is a universal IDE that supports multiple languages including PHP, Ruby on Rails, Python and more.

When I used Aptana, the only thing that nagged me is the slow execution of the IDE compared to other IDE’s.

Features of Aptana:

  • Supports HTML5 , CSS3, JavaScript.
  • Supports FTP, SFTP and more.
  • Integrated Debugger for faster development.
  • Git Support
  • Terminal for fast program execution
  • IDE customization
  • and many more.

Other Stats

  • Available: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
  • Price: Free
  • Download: Aptana

7. PHP Designer

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The most under-rated yet the most power IDE is PHP Designer. Like other IDE’s phpDesigner supports HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript out of the box.

The interface is simple and powerful.

Features of PHP Designer:

  • Supports PHP frameworks
  • Code Insights
  • Fast and easy to use
  • Supports Git and other SVN
  • Provides Great debugger.
  • Supports FTP/SFTP.

Other Stats

  • Available: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
  • Price: Free
  • Download: PHP Designer

Wrap Up

IDE is an important tool for any programmer out there. Today, I tried to list the 7 best PHP IDE for the programmers. The list is in no way complete and there can be many preferences for choosing the best PHP IDE.

Do you think that I missed an awesome best PHP IDE? Comment below and share it with TA community.

16 thoughts on “7 Best PHP IDE for Developers and Programmers”

      1. Carlos Vazquez

        Hi Nitish.
        I mean Aptana has poor development, is no longer part of the priorities for the owners. The priority now is Appcelerator. I understand that is free but I think is not a good suggestion in this 2015. However I appreciate your posts.

    1. Not really. But the trail version never ends. So, basically, you can use it for free. The only thing that you need to manage is the notification thrown at you.

      If you really like the tool, I would recommend to buy it and support developers!


    okay I have notepad++ but what plugins with it make it good for php design because i am struggling with that part ad what plugin for sublime would you use

  2. I have tried a bunch of development platforms. To date, I believe PHP Storm is the best. I also used to use Dreamweaver CC, which is pretty good. I’d say Dreamweaver should be at least ranked #5 on this list for PHP development. It’s much better than Notepad++ I would say if you want to do development for PHP in particular. 🙂

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