Syntax Highlighting

Read your code in colors

The PHP Editor colorizes your code according to Visual Studio settings, giving you a better overview in the colors you are used to. The colors respect Visual Studio conventions with support for dark, light and 3rd party themes.

Code Validation

Get your code checked as you type

Detect type mismatches, typos, missing function parameters, unknown classes and functions as you type. Code analysis periodically checks your code for various issues and underlines them immediately. This avoids having to handle most of the issues in run-time.


Use smart code assistance

IntelliSense features provide you with smart, context-aware code completions, detailed tool tips and function parameter assistance. The feature contains a complete PHP manual, learns from your code and performs type analysis. Its purpose is to minimize the amount of key presses you have to do.

Navigation Features

Jump to any definition from anywhere

Navigate to definitions and references using go to definition, find all references, navigate to, class view, navigation bar and more. Quickly jump through your code using well-known Visual Studio shortcuts as you are used to.


Rename identifiers seamlessly

Avoid typos and keep code clean using refactoring features. You can rename all kinds of identifiers as you type or you can use the rename dialog. Refactoring can rename identifiers in place or with a detailed preview where you can uncheck single occurrences.

Code Formatting

Keep code nice and easy to follow

Automatically format your code when you type. Code formatting works great for the whole document, a selection of code, after you complete a statement or a block of code. The feature respects Visual Studio conventions, normalizes spaces, works great with mixed HTML and PHP and more.

Smarty Templating

Intense experience with Smarty Editor

Templating with our Smarty editor makes it easy if you are a beginner or an advanced Smarty user. Syntax highlighting and syntax error checking is a must have. Be sure to explore great IntelliSense features and coding snippets to edit templates quickly and comfortly.

Twig Templating

Best In Class Twig Editor

PHP Tools for Visual Studio offer you complete support for Twig templates, including syntax highlighting, error checking, code completion and outlining. Take advantage of our unique split view to understand and fine-tune your twig templates. Explore More...

PHPDoc Support

Easily document your code

Documenting your objects and functions helps you while coding and improves code analysis by hinting parameter and return types. The PHP Editor colorizes PHPDoc blocks, generates them automatically and integrates its content into IntelliSense.

Visual Debugger

Debug your code as you are used to

Inspect and edit variables, step through the code, pause on breakpoints, check the call stack and more, just as you are used to in Visual Studio. Xdebug integration works great with all kinds of web servers, allowing you to debug your program quickly and intuitively.

Exception Assistant

Be notified about run-time issues in your code

Break on selected errors, warnings, notices and exceptions, and thus check the state of program that is causing them. Building an error-safe code is an essential objective for any programmer. Don't miss a single issue with the exception assistant.

Remote Debugging

Debug code running on a remote server

Deploy your project and solve issues on your remote server directly from Visual Studio. It can be a Windows server, Linux or Mac. Moreover, remote files are mapped to your local project, so remote debugging is just as fast as local debugging.

Immediate Window

Iterate faster

Enter PHP code and see the results immediately in the Immediate Window during debugging. You can adjust the run of your program, introduce new variables or modify existing ones.

HTML Editor

Design and code all together

Write all the web languages within PHP files as you are used to. Mix HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP with complete built-in support from Visual Studio. The editor even allows all your favorite 3rd party plugins like Web Essentials.

Code Snippets

Build code faster

By taking advantage of code snippets, insert common code fragments with just a few key hits. Avoid common typos, generate functions, documentary comments, loops and other constructs as it should be.

Error List

Review all project errors at one place

Quickly check all your syntax and fatal errors found in your project, before you actually run and debug the code. Error List helps you to keep the code clean, without unexpected run-time glitches.

Unit Testing

Test your code automatically

Write PHPUnit tests, manage test cases, organize them in categories and keep an overview of passed and failed scenarios. PHPUnit is seamlessly integrated into the Visual Studio Text Explorer, allowing you to author, run and debug your test cases.

Project System

Manage and customize your project

Take advantage of the Visual Studio Solution Explorer and the MSBuild industry standard. This allows for various customizations, custom projects and item templates, running or debugging more projects at once and more.

Composer Integration

Composer everywhere, just like it should be

Quickly search and install packages from a rich user interface. Update them and install missing packages with just one click. The Composer is also integrated within MSBuild as well as in the Solution Explorer, and its complete output appears in the Output Window.


Publish your project to a remote server within one click

Incremental publish automatizes the deploying of your project files to a remote server a whole project or just a single file. It doesn't matter whether it is FTP, SFTP, FTPS, File System or Azure. We have covered them all.

Source Control

Push, Pull, Sync and Merge your code and work items.

A seamless integration with Visual Studio source control providers like Git and TFS gives your team all the tools they need. Command-line is not required, do all the source control tasks right in Visual Studio using the well-known user interface.