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 3.6.1 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 2.2.7 Yes Yes
Kantharos IDE Mozilla Public License Yes No No No Yes No Yes 1.2.2 No No
Komodo Edit Mozilla Public License Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ? Yes 10.0.1 Yes No
CodeLite GPLv2 Yes Yes Yes FreeBSD Yes No Yes 9.0 No Yes
Eclipse PDT Eclipse Public License Yes Yes Yes JVM Yes No Yes 3.5 Yes Yes


  • 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.
  • EclipsePHP Development Tools (PDT) and PHPEclipse projects. With additional plugins supports SVN, CVS, database modelling, SSH/FTP access, database navigation, Trac integration, and others.
  • EditraOpen 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.
  • jEditfree/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.
  • Netbeans – IDE with PHP support and 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 – PHP syntax highlighting, compiler integration, powerful config via Lua API.
  • Vim – provides PHP syntax highlighting, debugging.[1]
  • Sublime TextTrialware text editor.
  • Brackets - Freeware Editor in HTML5/NodeJS by Adobe Team the best for integration frontend
  • Atom - free and open-source[2] Editor inspired of Sublime Text in HTML5/JS by Github Team


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
  • Cloud9 - Online editor (supports multiple languages) [3]
  • Coda – Supports SFTP and FTP; Trial available
  • CodeCharge Studio – Supports FTP
  • Codelobster – Editor with syntax highlighting, debugger, code validation, supports FTP.
  • Codenvy – Cloud development environment.
  • EditPlus – Supports SFTP and FTP; Trial available
  • EmEditor
  • HTML-Kit – Syntax highlighting, supports FTP.
  • HyperEdit – Integrates PHP, JavaScript and HTML in an only interface WYSIWYG.
  • Komodo IDE – Cross-platform integrated development environment for PHP as well as Python, Ruby and Perl.
  • Microsoft Expression Web – Full PHP support with syntax highlighting, etc.; Trial available
  • NoteTab – 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 – PHP IDE with 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
  • SlickEdit
  • Sublime Text – Commercial multi-language text editor with syntax highlighting. Unlimited trial available.[4]
  • 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 – (Cross platform) professional PHP IDE, based on the PHP Development Tools plugin for the Eclipse platform; Trial available
  • 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.[5]
  • 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.[6]