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Can someone please suggest a good web development tool? [closed]

asked 2011-11-27 01:52:21 -0500

Mohan G gravatar image

updated 2011-11-28 23:33:50 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image


I need an IDE to develop websites using HTML, CSS & PHP. While editing html code, I want the editor to suggest the syntax for available tags, subtags, color-codes in the context. Something similar to Dreamviewer on windows.

Any suggestions on a tool with above features ?


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Closed for the following reason too subjective and argumentative by FranciscoD_
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You can use Aptana Studio (Standalone or Eclipse plugin) for Web Development with the features you are asking above.

I personally use Bluefish which also have same features and a good tool for Web Development. You can also download it via yum in Fedora -

# yum install bluefish
SoumyaC gravatar imageSoumyaC ( 2011-11-27 02:28:00 -0500 )edit

NetBeans is good Develop desktop, mobile and web applications with Java, PHP, C/C++ and more. here is the link:


NetBeans PHP IDE provides a fast integrated development environment for creating, running, and debugging PHP applications in one small download. HTML, JavaScript, and CSS

The NetBeans IDE offers full editor support for HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.

hhlp gravatar imagehhlp ( 2011-11-27 04:48:37 -0500 )edit

Bluefish, gedit, or vim.

Here is a nice tutorial on using gedit

bodhi.zazen gravatar imagebodhi.zazen ( 2011-11-29 00:02:32 -0500 )edit

@Mohan, can you mark the answer which helped you as favorite, so that other people can have a fair idea for the solution of your question.

SoumyaC gravatar imageSoumyaC ( 2011-11-30 04:34:32 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-08-03 02:23:23 -0500

spammer90 gravatar image

Bluefish, for sure! Its good.

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answered 2011-12-25 09:43:06 -0500

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updated 2011-12-25 09:54:26 -0500

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Geany, which is my favorite program for web developing.

# yum install geany

Geany is a small and lightweight Integrated Development Environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other packages. Another goal was to be as independent as possible from a special Desktop Environment like KDE or GNOME - Geany only requires the GTK2 runtime libraries. Some basic features of Geany:Geany:

Here's a list of Geany's features:

  • Syntax highlighting
  • Code folding
  • Symbol name auto-completion
  • Construct completion/snippets
  • Auto-closing of XML and HTML tags
  • Call tips
  • Many supported filetypes including C, Java, PHP, HTML, Python, Perl, Pascal (full list)
  • Symbol lists
  • Code navigation
  • Build system to compile and execute your code
  • Simple project management
  • Plugin interface
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answered 2011-11-27 04:10:36 -0500

lzap gravatar image

The best one out there is PHP Storm. It is commerical, but the price is not killing and you did not say "free" magic word ;-)

Check it out, you will see it rocks.

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answered 2013-05-12 14:02:50 -0500

ars23 gravatar image

I think Geany, Bluefish and Gedit, with some plugins, are perfect for HTML, CSS,PHP

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answered 2012-10-06 05:46:52 -0500

DanielV gravatar image

A year after the question is asked, but just for the others with the same question in mind. I use Sublime Text 2 and I am surprised it is not mentioned in one of the answers because I personnaly think that none of the others can match the customizability that Sublime Text offers. It is very shortcut centered, making it perfect for power users. While you don't have to. The looks are even more awesome. I don't care whether people use it or not but I think every developer should definitely check it out.

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answered 2013-05-07 02:39:59 -0500

clod gravatar image

I would like to suggest Codelobster PHP Edition It is my preferable free editor.

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answered 2014-12-04 06:13:35 -0500

This is an awesome guide. I think it is necessary to choose type of language when develop web application. web development company India

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answered 2013-04-21 17:06:57 -0500

From Fedora repos, you could use PHPeclipse:

yum install eclipse-phpeclipse

This will install it with all dependecies. More, you can install other Eclipse apps, do a yum list | grep eclipse to list them all.

PDT isn't maintained anymore as it was, but this project it's in progress again and integrated in Fedora.

The way it will provide autocompletion, help and other useful features like other IDE's is the way you configure your project.

I use it for WordPress, Drupal and Code Igniter projects, played with CakePHP and Symfony too. It provided me all I wanted and needed.

For source versioning I use GIT, and from Eclipse, I'm installing also eclipse-egit.

For some more advanced web development stuff, you can look at Eclipse WTP project, Fodora has all needed packages in it's repositories and to have a system that provides both updates and stability, I sugest you to install them with yum (don't download Eclipse and other stuff separate or use the update feature from it).

Little stuff, like fixing something in a file, I use vim or gedit, depending what I'm doing at that time.

For more information I sugest to check website.

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Thanks for the details

Mohan G gravatar imageMohan G ( 2013-04-23 11:07:22 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-10-06 16:34:47 -0500

Have you looked at Drupal ( - there is an article on it in this month's edition of Linux Journal (on-line).

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