Best Free PHP IDE for web developers

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These are a few of the best PHP IDE’s for web developers that I have used in the past and I liked them. Of course, there are many editors available, here are just a few of the ones I tested. If you have a favorite editor that is not listed here or any extension that you find useful, I invite you to share it in the comments.

Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is one of my favorite editors, free and built os open source. Visual Studio Code is developed by Microsoft for Windows, Linux, and Mac. It’s integrated with Git, has debugging, intelligent code completion, syntax highlighting and can be customized with many useful extensions.

How to install extensions in visual studio code?

Bring up the Extensions view by clicking on the Extensions icon in the Activity Bar on the side or in the View: Extensions command (Ctrl+Shift+X). Then, browse and install the extensions you need. Read more here.

Visual studio useful extensions

EditorConfig for Visual Studio Code This extension is activated whenever you open a new text editor, switch tabs into an existing one or focus into the editor you already have open. When activated, it uses editorconfig to resolve the configuration for that particular file and applies any relevant editor settings..

Best visual studio code PHP extensions

PHP IntelliSense

PHP IntelliSense offer support to autocomplete on native PHP functions while you type.

PHP Debug

Php Debug

Php Getter & Setter

Php Getter & Setter – fast generator of getters and setters for your PHP class properties.

Bracket Pair Colorizer

Bracket Pair Colorizer – This extension allows matching brackets to be identified with colours. Define which characters to match, and which colours to use.

PHP Namespace Resolver

PHP Namespace Resolver – PHP Namespace Resolver can import and expand your class. You can also sort your imported classes by line length or in alphabetical order.
How to use it?
Right-click on any class name and select Import Class to automatically import its namespace at the top of the file.
Press CTRL+ALT+i on Windows / CTRL+Option+i on MacOS


CTRL + / – for comments
ALT + SHIFT + F -to format text
CTRL + P – find file

Notepad ++

Notepad ++ is one of the most popular editor, that is almost impossible you never heard or used before. Notepad++ is a freesource code editor and Notepad supports several programming languages. Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. Notepad ++ is very easy to use and also supports many extensions that make it very useful.


SublimeText is one of the most appreciated free text editor, very simple and versatile, available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Sublime Text has a powerful, Python API that allows plugins to augment built-in functionality.


phpDesigner is a fast PHP IDE and PHP editor with built-in HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript editors boosted with features to help you create amazing websites. Some of the pros are: syntax highlighting, debug support, Code completion and tip for PHP support for object-oriented coding, etc


Atom is a free hackable text editor, very easy to use especially if you used complicated editors like Eclipse, Sublime, etc. TextAtom helps you write code faster with a smart and flexible autocomplete. It’s highly customizable, you have the option to choose from thousands of open source packages that add new features and functionality to the editor.

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