15 Most Widely Used PHP Editors

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This article consolidates most of the widely used PHP editors which are very useful for web developers, in the below list! you can find most of them are freeware. Mostly this article will help you in downloading a good PHP editor for your development. As we all know PHP [Hypertext Preprocessor] is a extensively used scripting language which was designed for producing dynamic web pages. PHP 5.3.3 is the latest version released till date, if you would like to know more about PHP click here, PHP official site has got many tutorials, easy documentation to get start-off with the same. Most online applications were developed using PHP, if you look at online Social Networking sites they were developed using PHP  and are fully secured. If you would like to begin your journey in learning PHP, Initially I would like to recommend to follow http://www.php.net/ website were in you can find documentation and examples to start-off. If you have any queries related to any of the functions or how to code just drop in a post in forums provided in the official site.

Zend Studio

Website: http://www.zend.com/en/products/studio/

Zend Studio is our professional-grade PHP IDE (Integrated Development Environment). It has been designed to maximize developer productivity by enabling you to develop and maintain code faster, solve application problems quickly and improve team collaboration.

Zend Studio

Komodo Edit

Website: http://www.activestate.com/komodo-edit

Komodo Edit is a free code editor for Perl, Python, Tcl, PHP, Ruby, Javascript for Windows, Mac and Linux environments and is fast, smart & open-source editor.

Windows, Mac, Linux? Yes. PHP, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, Perl, Tcl, XML, HTML 5, CSS 3? Yes, with (customizable) syntax coloring, folding, background syntax checking, and excellent auto-complete and calltips (we call it “code intelligence”). What else? Fast open (no more slow poking around for files); remote file editing; Vi keybindings (good ones); and a toolbox with shell command integration, macros and code snippets… all wrapped around a tricked-out editor and an extension mechanism the same as Firefox’s.

Komodo Edit

jEdit

Website: http://www.jedit.org/

jEdit is a mature programmer’s text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development behind it. To download , install, and set up jEdit as quickly and painlessly as possible, go to the Quick Start page. It supports SFTP as well as FTP also.

jEdit

NetBeans

Website: http://netbeans.org/

NetBeans IDE runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris. NetBeans IDE is open-source and free. “The NetBeans IDE is an award-winning integrated development environment available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris. The NetBeans project consists of an open-source IDE and an application platform that enable developers to rapidly create web, enterprise, desktop, and mobile applications using the Java platform, as well as JavaFX, PHP, JavaScript and Ajax, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, Groovy and Grails, and C/C++.” It also supports SFTP and FTP.

NetBeans

PSPad

Website: http://www.pspad.com/

PSPad is a freeware text editor and source editor for Windows environment. Its a Universal Freeware Editor, useful for people who:

  • work with plain text – the editor has a wealth of formatting functions, including a spell checker
  • create web pages – as a web authoring editor, PSPad contains many unique tools that save your time
  • want to use a good IDE for their compiler – PSPad catches and parses compiler output, integrates external help files, compares versions and much more…

PSPad

Alleycode

Website: http://www.alleycode.com/

Alleycode is a fast, sleek and highly productive award winning HTML editor with unique features. If you are new to HTML, Alleycode’s great tutorial will walk you through your first coding steps… If you are an established coder you will find a refreshing, non-bloated infrastructure with fast and accurate delivery. Beyond HTML, Alleycode’s wizardry focuses on PHP and CSS interaction for professional and easy management of your projects. Best of all, Alleycode is FREE!

Alleycode

Bluefish

Website: http://bluefish.openoffice.nl/

Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, and it focuses on editing dynamic and interactive websites. Supports many programming and markup languages such as HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, PHP, C, JavaScript, Java, SQL, Perl, ColdFusion, JSP, Python, Ruby, and shell.

Bluefish

ConTEXT

Website: http://www.contexteditor.org/

ConTEXT is a small, fast and powerful freeware text editor, developed to serve as a secondary tool for software developers. It supports Java, JavaScript, Visual Basic, Perl/CGI, HTML, SQL, Python, PHP and it has built-in syntax highlighters for C/C++, FORTRAN etc.,

ConTEXT

Geany [For Linux Environment]

Website: http://www.geany.org/

Geany is a text editor using the GTK2 toolkit with basic features of an integrated development environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other packages. It supports many filetypes and has some nice features.  Supports C, Java, JavaScript, PHP, HTML, CSS, Python, Perl, Ruby, Pascal and more…

Geany

gPHPEdit [For Linux Environment]

Website: http://www.gphpedit.org/

gPHPEdit is a PHP/HTML/CSS Development Environment for GNOME. Its features includes Highlights PHP/HTML, Highlights CSS, Highlights SQL, Syntax Checking/Navigating Code, Coding Assistance, Integrated Help etc.,

gPHPEdit

Adobe Dreamweaver

Website: http://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver/

Adobe Dreamweaver which is well know earlier as Macromedia Dreamweaver is a web development application. Which supports most of the upcoming programming languages and scripting languages. Dreamweaver supports syntax highlighting for the following languages – ActionScript, ASP, ASP.NET, C#, CSS, XHTML, XML, XSLT, HTML, Java, JavaScript, JSP, PHP, VB, VB Script, WML etc.,

Adobe Dreamweaver

PHP Studio 2010

Website: http://www.cayoren.com/

PHP Studio 2010 is an Integrated development Environment (IDE) for PHP, providing comprehensive and easy-to-use solution for editing, testing and deploying PHP based web applications. Easily develop PHP scripts in a modern, powerful PHP editor with many advanced features:

  • Debug PHP code with built-in HTTP server and integrated web browser.
  • Navigate through code rapidly with code explorer.
  • Edit remote files directly with built-in FTP Client.
  • Customizable color schemes and syntax highlighting for multiple languages.
  • Code completion for HTML, CSS and PHP functions / parameters.
  • Organize scripts with robust project management features.
  • Integration with PHP documentation.

PHPStudio2010

PHPEd

Website: http://www.nusphere.com/

PHP Editor (IDE) featuring friendly UI, powerful PHP debugger and much more, which supports PHP, HTML, CSS, XML, SMARTY, XHTML etc.,

PHPEd

SlickEdit

Website: http://www.slickedit.com/

SlickEdit is a cross-platform source code editor which supporsts C, C++, Java, HTML, PHP, XML, Windows batch files etc., it mostly supports 76 different encodings and on seven operating systems which includes Microsoft Windows Environment.

SlickEdit

PHPEclipse

Website: http://www.phpeclipse.com/

PHPEclipse runs on all major OS Platforms and has awesome basic features like Syntax Coloring, Brackets Matching, Code folding, Code Completion, Parameter hints, Mark Occurrences, Hover Tooltips, PHP Manual integration, Code templates. It has got XDebug and DBG Support and has additional plugin support like SVN, CVS, SSH/FTP access, Database Navigation etc., The simplest way to install PHPEclipse is to use the PHPEclipse update site. For installation steps follow this link - Installing PHPEclipse.

Conclusion of the Article: Above list will help developers in opting for one of the best PHP editor from the Web World, to complete their tasks quickly and effectively.

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7 Responses

11.04.10

I like phpstorm after trying out tons of editors!

11.04.10

I think you missed one very good PHP editor thats is phpDesigner.

http://www.mpsoftware.dk/phpdesigner.php

I have been using this for year and find it to be the best of all.

11.04.10

Thanks Jon and Gaurav! I will be adding the same into the post!

Thank you very much :)

11.04.10

Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

11.04.10

not sure if you have heard..

Aptana 3 has PHP support, still in beta but works good..

http://www.aptana.com/products/studio3

11.04.10

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11.04.10

I tried a lot of them, but when you work on webservers i think the best are aptana or eclipse(with plugins), this two have the best ftp,sftp support out there.
All so almost every time you don’t use only php to develop, but all so javascipt, css or other strange programming languages and this two editors do great with almost any language.
Nice website, went in my favorites right away

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