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.
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
The IntelliSense feature provides 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.
Jump to any definition from anywhere
Navigate to definitions and references using 'Go to definition', find all references, class view, navigation bar and more. Quickly jump through your code using the well-known Visual Studio shortcuts you are used to.
Rename identifiers seamlessly
Avoid typos and keep code clean using our 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.
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, PHP and more.
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.
Best-in-Class Twig Editor
PHP Tools for Visual Studio offers 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...
Easily document your code
Documenting your objects and functions helps you while coding. It also improves code analysis by hinting parameter and return types. The PHP Editor colorizes PHPDoc blocks, generates them automatically and integrates its content into IntelliSense.
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.
Be notified about run-time issues in your code
Break on selected errors, warnings, notices and exceptions, and thus, check the state of the 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.
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.
Enter the 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.
Design and code all together
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.
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.
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.
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 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 with one click
Incremental publish automatizes the deploying of your project files to a remote server. You can deploy a whole project or just a single file. It does not matter whether it is FTP, SFTP, FTPS, File System or Azure. We have covered them all.
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, you can do all the source control tasks right in Visual Studio using the well-known user interface.