Essential PhpStorm plugins

If you are like me and have been programming for a bit, you probably have worked with several editors and IDEs. Over the years, I have tried a bunch of them - with varying degrees of successes. Some of them were just the right tool to get started, others were recommended by friends and developers along the way. Most of them were quickly outgrown by the projects I worked on at the time.

So I kept looking for alternatives.


In January 2012 I attended a meeting of BEPHPUG, the Berlin PHP user group. At that meeting, a few IDEs and editors (some of which I had worked with before) were demonstrated. Bastian Hofmann gave a demonstration of PhpStorm, and I was amazed! Directly after the meeting I went home, installed it, and have been using it ever since. As advertised, it's lightning fast and smart, and I can't image I could be any happier or more productive with any other IDE!


Nonetheless, while PhpStorm already is the perfect development environment, there are plugins that make it even better. I have tried a few, and here's a list of what I see as essential PhpStorm plugins:

You can find more plugins from within the IDE or by browsing the JetBrains PhpStorm Plugin Repository.

Not using PhpStorm yet?

If you haven't been using PhpStorm before, I highly recommend giving it a try. If you are a student, you can even use PhpStorm or any JetBrains IDE free of charge. JetBrains also offer a free 30-day-trial, so you can find out if PhpStorm will work for you without any strings attached. If you need some more time, you can also participate in the PhpStorm Early Access Program, which allows you to use the early releases of upcoming versions in exchange for living with (and ideally reporting) an occasional bug or two.

Don't waste any more time with mediocre editors or IDEs!

Boxshot of PhpStorm

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