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Some Extremely Useful PHP Tools

Aiesha Hasan Jul 10, 2017

PHP is a widely used open-source server side scripting language, powering major websites like Facebook, WordPress and many more. It has some good reasons as why developers prefer PHP over other server-side scripting languages such as Ruby, Python etc.

PHP is fast, has detailed documentation, large community, ready-to-use scripts and supported frameworks and most importantly PHP is easy to start with rather than any other scripting language. PHP language comes with useful tools and resources which makes the whole PHP development process easy, effective and quicker.

Here, I am going to present some useful PHP tools which can significantly improve the whole development process


Webgrind is a debugging tool. It is an Xdebug profiling web front end in PHP 5. Can be installed in seconds and works on all platforms.


It is a popular debugging PHP tool. Helps in providing lots of useful data to quickly identify the bugs in the source code. The tool can easily plug into almost every popular PHP application like PHPEclipse and PHPDesigner.


PHPUnit, a complete whole port of the JUNIT. A tool which helps to test the web applications stability and adaptability. To write test cases within the PHPUnit framework is easy.


The tool allows to write automatic web application UI tests in any programming language against to any HTTP website which uses any mainstream JavaScript-enabled browser. The tool can be used in combination with PHPUnit to create and run automated tests within the web browser.


PHPDocumentor aka Phpdoc or Phpdocu is a documentation tool for the PHP code. It contains numerous amounts of features such as the ability to produce results in HTML, PDF, CHM and XML DocBook formats. It has both web-based and command line interfaces along with source code highlighting.


The tool is free, open-source PHP CAPTCHA script to generate complex, difficult images and CAPTCHA codes to give extra protection to your forms.

Pixy: PHP Security Scanner

Pixy, a Java program which automatically scans PHP 4 source code to detect XSS and SQL injections possibilities. The tool takes PHP program as an input and list out all the possible vulnerabilities found in the code along with important additional information to help in the understanding of the vulnerability.

PHP/SWF Charts

It is one of the powerful PHP tools which lets your create attractive web charts and graphs from dynamic data. One can make use of PHP scripts to generate and collect data from databases and then making use of this tool can create flash (SWF) charts and graphs.


With this MathPublisher tool, one can edit mathematical documents on the web by using the PHP script.  No need of additional LaTex programs on server or MathML.

PHP Object Generator

As the name tells, the tool is an open-source web-based tool which helps you quickly construct PHP objects and utilize OOP (object-oriented programming) principles in the code.


The Scavenger is open-source, vulnerability detection tool. The tool helps to react to exposure findings, track vulnerability findings, and review accepted and false-positive answered vulnerability.

MagickWand for PHP

The tool MagickWand for PHP is a PHP module suite to work with the ImageMagick API, which helps you to create, edit and compose bitmap images. The tool is very useful to quickly incorporate image-editing features in the PHP applications.

PHP Code Beautifier

The PHP CodeBeautifier tool saves your time to format the code to present it in your own way. The GUI version allows processing files visually. A command line version can also be integrated along with other tools and it has also an integrated tool of PHPEdit.

Well, these are some of the extremely useful PHP tools that can help in profiling, debugging, testing and code-authoring PHP code. Know some more? Do let us know in the comment below.

Aiesha Hasan

Aiesha Hasan

Digital Content Producer at Arpatech
Aiesha Hasan is a Web Developer and a Digital Content Creator. She likes to keep in touch with the latest technology in the world and educate people about it.
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