List of PHP editors

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This article contains a list of text editors with features specific to the PHP scripting language.

Free editors[edit]

Editor License Windows Linux Mac OS X Other platforms Code Completion GUI builder syntax highlighter last version Internal Browser Version Control
Aptana Studio Dual License

Aptana Public License, v1.0 GNU General Public License

Yes Yes Yes JVM Yes ? Yes 3.4.2 Yes Yes
Netbeans Dual License CDDL 1.0 / LGPLv2.1/GPLv2 Yes Yes Yes JVM Yes Yes Yes 8.1 Yes Yes
Bluefish GNU General Public License Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes 2.2.5 Yes Yes
Komodo Edit Mozilla Public License Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ? Yes 8.5.3 Yes No
CodeLite GPLv2 Yes Yes Yes FreeBSD Yes No Yes 7.0 No Yes
Grease GPL Yes Yes No No No ? Yes git No No


  • Aptana Studio – Eclipse-based IDE, able to use PDT plugins, visual JS editor. Open-source, free project. (Community edition merged in).
  • Bluefish – A multipurpose editor with PHP syntax support, in-line PHP documentation, etc. With GVFS, supports SFTP, FTP, WebDAV, and SMB.
  • CodeLite – an open source, cross platform IDE for C/C++ and PHP. The built-in plugins supports SVN, SSH/SFTP access, Git database browsing and others.
  • EclipsePHPEclipse and PHP Development Tools projects. With additional plugins supports SVN, CVS, database modelling, SSH/FTP access, database navigation, Trac integration, and others.
  • Editra – Versatile open source editor. Syntax highlighting and (partial) code completion for PHP + HTML and other IDE-like features like code browser etc.
  • Emacs – Advanced text editor. The nXhtml addon has special support for PHP (and other template languages). The major mode web-mode.el is designed for editing mixed HTML templates.
  • Geany – Syntax highlighting for HTML + PHP. Provides PHP function list.
  • jEdit – Versatile free/open source editor. Supports SFTP and FTP.
  • Komodo Edit – General purpose scripting language editor with support for PHP. Free version of the commercial ActiveState Komodo IDE.
  • Komodo IDE – Cross-platform integrated development environment for PHP as well as Python, Ruby and Perl.
  • Netbeans – A dedicated PHP coding environment and complete integration with web standards. Supports SFTP and FTP. Full support for SVN and Git since 7.2 and powerful plugin support for added functionality.
  • SciTE – fast, PHP syntax highlighting, compiler integration, powerful config via Lua API.
  • The Black Toolkit – RAD tool for Visual programming in many languages.
  • Vim – provides PHP syntax highlighting, debugging.[1]
  • Sublime Text – Free for evaluation text editor.
  • PhpStorm - PHP-Storm IDE
  • Grease - [1] - Extendable PHP Editor with debugging proxy. Written in PHP using wxPHP.
  • Brackets - Free Editor in HTML5/NodeJS by Adobe Team the best for integration frontend


  • Kantharos PHP IDE – Fast & handy freeware editor. provides built in debugger and class explorer.
  • Alleycode HTML Editor – Shareware editor with syntax highlighting for both PHP and HTML.
  • Codelobster – Free editor with syntax highlighting, debugger, code validation, supports FTP.
  • ConTEXT – *No longer under development* Freeware editor with syntax highlighting.
  • Crimson Editor – Lightweight editor. Supports FTP.
  • HTML-Kit – Syntax highlighting, supports FTP.
  • Microsoft WebMatrix – A combined editor, server and publishing environment, syntax highlighting for HTML, PHP, Razor, node.js, C# and JavaScript and publishing through WebDeploy and FTP. Supports multiple file encodings as of version 2.
  • Notepad2 – Simple editor with syntax highlighting
  • Notepad++ – Supports FTP & SFTP via plugin; syntax highlighting.
  • Programmer's Notepad
  • PSPad – Supports FTP; syntax highlighting.
  • RJ TextEd – Feature rich text editor with many great features

Mac OS X[edit]


Commercial editors[edit]

  • ActiveState Komodo IDE – Support for PHP syntax checking, debugging, trial available
  • Adobe Dreamweaver – Supports SFTP and FTP; Trial available
  • BBEdit – Supports SFTP and FTP; Trial available
  • Coda – Supports SFTP and FTP; Trial available
  • CodeCharge Studio – Supports FTP
  • EditPlus – Supports SFTP and FTP; Trial available
  • EmEditor
  • HyperEdit – Integrates PHP, JavaScript and HTML in an only interface WYSIWYG.
  • Microsoft Expression Web – Full PHP support with syntax highlighting, etc.; Trial available
  • NoteTab – Broad editor, allows you to have multiple tabs open for different files, has FTP support, comes in two trial versions (NoteTab Standard, NoteTab Pro) and one free version NoteTab Light. NoteTab Pro highlights tags.
  • NuSphere PhpED – A PHP development environment and integration with modern web standards. Supports SFTP, WebDAV, and FTP. Native support for CVS source control system, SVN and Git support can be added using Tortoise Windows Shell plugins.
  • PHPEdit – Supports SFTP and FTP
  • phpDesigner – supports FTP
  • JetBrains PhpStorm – (Cross platform) professional PHP IDE with advanced editor, on-the-fly code analysis and other web development specific tools including FTP/SFTP synchronization; Trial available
  • Koding – Online development environment for many programming languages including PHP.
  • Embarcadero RadPHP (formerly Delphi for PHP) – Focus on web (Facebook, Google) and mobile (iOS, Android) development; Trial available
  • Rapid PHP Editor – Support for PHP syntax checking, auto-complete, debug and support for CSS, Javascript and HTML
  • skEdit
  • SlickEdit
  • Sublime Text – Commercial multi-language text editor with syntax highlighting. Unlimited trial available.[2]
  • TextPad – Trial available
  • Top PHP Studio – Supports FTP
  • UltraEdit – Supports SFTP and FTP; Trial available
  • WebSmart PHP - Includes templates that generate the initial PHP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Edit any PHP file in the full-featured IDE, which includes an interactive debugger, HTML tools, code prompting and separation of the HTML from the business logic. Also includes built-in change management and supports integration with third-party change management.
  • Zend Studio – Supports SFTP and FTP (Eclipse with Zend's commercial plug-in)
  • Smultron
  • VS.PHP – based on Visual Studio IDE, supports Intellisense for PHP, remote and local debugging. Local debugging is performed using IDE embedded web server with PHP extensions.[3]
  • PHP Tools for Visual Studio - PHP integration for Visual Studio IDE, supports IntelliSense, debugging, error handling while debugging, publishing, error checking, all the natural Visual Studio editor features.[4]

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