Best IDE to develop PHP projects ?

Best PHP IDE ?

I have seen people asking on social networks which is the best IDE for PHP and have seen people suggesting Notepad++ as IDE, to all those who think Notepad++ is an IDE then I am sorry to disappoint you and want to tell you that Notepad++ is just a code editor with some funky features. Just want to quote a statement from Wikipedia to make it more clear :

Notepad++ is a text editor and source code editor for use with Microsoft Windows. It supports tabbed editing, which allows working with multiple open files in a single window. The project’s name comes from the C increment operator.

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Ok, so back to the topic which are some of the best IDEs for PHP, and before I rate them please be aware that this is my personal opinion and I am not endorsing any particular IDE or I am not here to write bad about the other, its all about preferences, and this blog covers my personal preference.

#1 PhpStorm

I am in love with this IDE it has everything you want, it supports many frameworks like Symfony, Drupal, WordPress, Zend Framework, Laravel, Magento, Joomla!, CakePHP are few to name, it has many other features like FTP, git, terminal etc. which lets you control your complete workflow from within the Editor. However PhpStorm is not free but you can try it atleast for a month, Jetbrains also provides occasional discount coupons.

#2 Netbeans


Netbeans is a wonderful IDE for programming multiple languages like JAVA, HTML, PHP, C/C++ etc, NetBeans provides support for various languages and environments all in one place. The second plus point is it is free and open source.

#3 Eclipse

Eclipse provides IDEs and platforms for nearly every language and architecture. Eclipse is famous for their Java IDE, C/C++, JavaScript and PHP IDEs built on extensible platforms for creating desktop, Web and cloud IDEs. These platforms deliver the most extensive collection of add-on tools available for software developers.


#4 CodeLobster

CodeLobster - Best IDE for web development

The best part of using CodeLobster is that you don’t have to keep in mind the names of functions, arguments, tags or their attributes – they have implemented all these along with auto-complete features for PHP, HTML, JavaScript and even CSS. Can be downloaded from

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