Php Development Tools Visual Studio

As a developer, the most important tool you have is your IDE. It’s the one thing that makes all the difference between being able to write code, and actually being able to write code effectively.

A good IDE can save you time and frustration by helping you navigate through your codebase and keep track of changes, while also providing features like autocomplete and debugging tools. There are many IDEs available, but Microsoft’s Visual Studio is one of the most popular choices among developers because of its easy-to-use interface, great support for languages like PHP, JavaScript, C# and more.

Visual Studio is also free for students! If you’re an aspiring coder who wants to start learning how to build websites using PHP or another language like Python or Java then this article will be helpful for you.

Php Development Tools Visual Studio

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Visual Studio Code is a great editor for PHP development. You get features like syntax highlighting and bracket matching, IntelliSense (code completion), and snippets out of the box and you can add more functionality through community-created VS Code extensions.


VS Code uses the official PHP linter (php -l) for PHP language diagnostics. This allows VS Code to stay current with PHP linter improvements.

Tip: Using XAMPP? Install the full version of PHP in order to obtain the development libraries.

There are three settings to control the PHP linter:

  • php.validate.enable: controls whether to enable PHP linting at all. Enabled by default.
  • php.validate.executablePath: points to the PHP executable on disk. Set this if the PHP executable is not on the system path.
  • controls whether the validation is triggered on save (value: "onSave") or on type (value: "onType"). Default is on save.

To change the PHP settings, open your User or Workspace Settings (Ctrl+,) and type ‘php’ to filter the list of available settings.

show PHP settings

To set the PHP executable path, select the Edit in settings.json link under PHP > Validate: Executable Path, which will open your user settings.json file. Add the php.validate.executablePath setting with the path to your PHP installation:


  "php.validate.executablePath": "c:/php/php.exe"

Linux and macOS:#

  "php.validate.executablePath": "/usr/bin/php"


Visual Studio Code includes a set of common snippets for PHP. To access these, hit Ctrl+Space to get a context-specific list.

PHP Snippets

PHP extensions#

There are many PHP language extensions available on the VS Code Marketplace and more are being created. You can search for PHP extensions from within VS Code in the Extensions view (Ctrl+Shift+X) then filter the extensions dropdown list by typing ‘php’.

Searching for PHP in the Extensions view

Disable built-in PHP support#

To disable the built-in PHP smart completions in favor of suggestions from an installed PHP extension, uncheck PHP > Suggest: Basic, which sets php.suggest.basic to false in your settings.json file.


PHP debugging with XDebug is supported through a PHP Debug extension. Follow the extension’s instructions for configuring XDebug to work with VS Code.

Next steps#

Read on to find out about:

  • Extension Marketplace – Browse the extensions others have shared
  • Debugging – Learn more about VS Code debugging

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