10 Best PHP Tools for Developers

No doubt PHP is one of the most popular languages amongst developers
and aids them in creating innovative and dynamic web applications. PHP
developers keep looking for useful and handy php tools which
they can use to make their workflow and web related tasks easier,
faster, and better. There are scads of php tools available over the
internet for php developers, but finding an appropriate php tool is quite an arduous task and demands effort and time.

For saving your precious time and endeavors, I have gathered some of the best php tools for developers that would help you with your development tasks and let you create innovative and useful web applications.

If you like the article you might be interested in our other article on 8 New PHP Tools and Applications for Developers .

1. DebugBar

PHP DebugBar
DebugBar is a free and open source app that can integrate into any PHP
project and collect + present profiling data. It has no dependencies,
supports Ajax requests and includes generic data collectors and
collectors for well known libraries. The bar is 100% JavaScript that
sits in the footer (like Dev. Tools). New collectors and views can be
added with ease and it is possible to save/re-run previous requests.


2. Monsta FTP

Monsta FTP is an open source PHP/Ajax cloudware that puts FTP file
management right in your browser, anywhere, any time. You can drag &
drop files into your browser and watch them upload, like magic. It
supports on-screen file editing. There is multi-language support as
well. It has been tested on Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and
Safari. It is released under GNU General Public License. You can
download for free and install it on your own server.


3. Phalcon PHP

Phalcon PHP is a web framework delivered as a C extension providing high
performance and lower resource consumption. Phalcon PHP is written in C
with platform independence in mind. As a result, Phalcon PHP is
available on Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, You can either
download a binary package for the system of your choice or build it from


4. Pinba

Pinba is a MySQL storage engine that acts as a realtime
monitoring/statistics server for PHP using MySQL as a read-only
interface. It accumulates and processes data sent over UDP by multiple
PHP processes and displays statistics in a nice human-readable form of
simple “reports”, also providing read-only interface to the raw data in
order to make possible generation of more sophisticated reports and


5. CaseBox

CaseBox   Litigation Software
CaseBox is an open source and PHP/MySQL-powered web application
forstoring + managing records, tasks and files. It has a desktop-like
interface where we can create an unlimited-level of directories and
store stuff in the structure preferred. Tasks with deadlines can be
created, assigned to users and the progress can be tracked easily. We
can store the information of clients and any number of files there as
well. The contents of the files are indexed so that locating a
PDF/Word.. file with its contents is pretty quick.


6. Munee

Munee is an all-in-one library that handles many things related to
optimization and manipulation of website assets. The library has a
powerful caching feature that can cache resources in both server and
client-side. It integrates well with the PHP image manipulation library:
Imagine for resizing or cropping images (and caching them afterwards).
Munee can automatically compile LESS, SCSS and CoffeeScript. And, it can
combine CSS + JS files into a single request. Also, these CSS-JS files
can be minified for a better performance.


7. PHPImageWorkshop

PHPImageWorkshop is an open source class using the GD library that helps
you to manage images with PHP. This class is thought like photo editing
software like Photoshop and GIMP: you can superpose many layers or even
layer groups, each layer having a background image.
The class was thought to be the most flexible possible: superimposing an
infinity of images (to add watermark), rotating (and not just 45 /
90°), resizing, cropping (thumbnail). An ImageWorkshop object is a layer
AND a group at the same time. It has got a background image and a stack
of sublayers on the top of its background.


8. Sylius

Sylius is an open source and free e-commerce solution for PHP (and based
on Symfony2). It is capable of managing stores of any size and having
complex products + categories. Products can have different tax rates,
many shipping methods are supported and it is integrated with Omnipay
(multi-gateway payment processing library).


9. Pico

Pico is an open source CMS application that is capable of very few
things, which is the main point. It uses flat-files as the database and
built with PHP. Simply, there is no setup and the app works instantly.
The contents are stored in .md files, markdown formatting is used and
they can be edited in your favorite text editor. For the
designs/theming, Pico makes use of the Twig templating engine and it is
documented well.


10. phpMyFAQ

phpMyFAQ is a pretty stable and open source PHP F.A.Q. application that
has many features for building a good F.A.Q. system. A powerful admin
interface exists for managing the categories, entries, users and also
viewing the stats. It is possible to enable users to ask or answer
questions and comment to them or keep it admins-only. There is an
advanced search system empowering users to locate the related answers
with ease. The F.A.Q. page has some ready-to-use modules like “most
popular, latest or sticky questions”. Its look and feel can be
customized with HTML-CSS, interface has multi-language support and all
questions-answers can be exported as a PDF (with automated table of


Source:- Code Geekz