NetBeans – PHP IDE

NetBeans is the PHP IDE for masses, it is feature rich, free and supports multiple languages, including English, Japanese, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Simplified Chinese. Free version of the software dates back to 2010 when it was first made open source by Sun Microsystems, acquired by Oracle later on.

Since its release, this IDE has been downloaded more than 18 million times and boasts one of the biggest communities of developers working on an open source integrated development environment.

Gone are the days when NetBeans used to be slow and was known only for Java development, the current stable release of NetBeans is lightweight, much faster and supports everything PHP. It has out of the box support for popular PHP frameworks like Zend, Doctrine, Smarty and Symfony2, support for Laravel via laravel-ide-helper and support for other frameworks like Yii, CakePHP, FuelPHP and WordPress CMS.

Some of the key features that keep NetBeans on top of the list include code generation tools like getter setter generation, code templates, smart code completion, hints, quick fixes and refactoring. Other basic features supported include code folding and formatting, try/catch code completion and rectangular selection etc.

When it comes to debugging, you can either use command line or xDebug both locally and remotely. Web development includes javascript, HTML and CSS, NetBeans PHP Editor provides support for these all, out of the box. All these features easily make NetBeans as the best open source PHP IDE.

You can download current version here at – Netbeans download.

Read more about software at official website here at – netbeans.org.