Useful list of PHP applications


Coders often look for tools which can make them life easier so here is a compilation of some really useful tools for php developers. The tools are equally useful for novice to experieced php coders.



Free open-source PHP accelerator, optimizer, and dynamic content cache. It increases the performance of PHP scripts by caching them in their compiled state, so that the overhead of compiling is almost completely eliminated. It also optimizes scripts to speed up their execution. eAccelerator typically reduces server load and increases the speed of your PHP code by 1-10 time.


A project build system based on Apache Ant. You can do anything with it that you could do with a traditional build system like GNU make, and its use of simple XML build files and extensible PHP “task” classes make it an easy-to-use and highly flexible build framework. Features include running PHPUnit and SimpleTest unit tests, file transformations, file system operations, interactive build support, SQL execution, CVS/SVN operations, tools for creating PEAR packages, and much more.


ionCube PHP Accelerator

The ionCube PHP Accelerator is an easily installed PHP Zend engine extension that provides a PHP cache, and is capable of delivering a substantial acceleration of PHP scripts without requiring any script changes, loss of dynamic content, or other application compromises.



Beautify PHP is a completely free service that allows visitors to properly format their PHP code according to PEAR standards.



MySQL Table Editor and PHP Code Generator. Important features offered by phpMyEdit are: table manipulation code generation; record addition, change, view, copy and removal; table paging, sorting and filtering; lookups into other tables (1:M bindings); permission configuration; multiple navigation style possibilities; output design control using CSS; logging user actions; Multilanguage support;ability to extend base class.


PHP Obfuscator

Encodes and obfuscates PHP code to make the output difficult to reverse engineer. The application requires no pre-modifications to your code and no additional components on your server. This product allows for encoding of functions, variables and the removal of whitespace.

Code Eclipse

A PHP obfuscator that turns normal, easy to read PHP code into gibberish; with little to no loss of speed and no loss of compatibility.



Propel is an Object-Relational Mapping (ORM) framework for PHP5. It allows you to access your database using a set of objects, providing a simple API for storing and retrieving data.



Xdebug – Debugger and Profiler Tool

The Xdebug extension helps you debug your script by providing a lot of valuable information. The debug information that Xdebug can provide includes: stack traces and function traces in error messages, memory allocation and protection for infinite recursions. Xdebug also provides: profiling information for PHP scripts, code coverage analysis, capabilities to debug your scripts interactively with a debug client. You should also check: Webgrind – Xdebug Profiling Web Frontend in PHP, MacGDBp – Mac OS X application that remotely debug their running PHP applications powered by Xdebug.



FirePHP is ideally suited for AJAX development where clean JSON and XML responses are required. FirePHP enables you to log to your Firebug Console using a simple PHP method call. All data is sent via response headers and will not interfere with the content on your page.



Similar to Javadoc, and written in php, phpDocumentor can be used from the command line or a web interface to create professional documentation from php source code. phpDocumentor has support for linking between documentation, incorporating user level documents like tutorials and creation of highlighted source code with cross referencing to PHP general documentation.



PHPEclipse runs on all the major OS platforms and has the following features: Syntax Coloring, Brackets Matching, Code folding, Code Completion, PHP Manual integration, Code templates, XDebug support, DBG Support, CVS & SVN++ support.



PHPUnit is a member of the  xUnit family of testing frameworks and provides both a framework that makes the writing of tests easy as well as the functionality to easily run the tests and analyze their results.

Cheet Sheets

  • PHP Cheat Sheet From AddedBytes
    The PHP cheat sheet is a one-page reference sheet, listing date format arguments, regular expression syntax and common functions.
  • PHP 5 Online Cheat Sheet
    Covering Type: Boolean, Integer, String, Array, Object/Class; String: functions, conversion; Array: functions, conversion;  Class: definition, member declaration, member visibility; Date/Time: functions, formats; Predefined Variables: $_SERVER$_FILES
  • The CheatSheet – CakePHP 1.2
    Includes quick reference to CakePHP Config variables, Global Functions, Conventions, Paths and index.php file. It also provides reference for Properties, Methods & Callback functions for Models, View, Controller and Helper classes.

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