This post explains all the steps required to install Eclipse distribution for PHP development on Windows.

How To Install Eclipse for PHP on Windows
How To Install Eclipse for PHP on Windows
January 18, 2019

In this post, we will discuss all the steps required to install Eclipse for PHP development on Windows. The Eclipse version available while writing this tutorial was eclipse ide 2018-12. The steps should be same for Eclipse 2019. It sounds odd, but this is how Eclipse gets the new versions having year and month followed by eclipse ide. It also explains the steps required to write first Hello World PHP program in Eclipse.

Notes: This post assumes that Java is already installed on the System. In case Java is not installed, follow the links to install Java 10 or Java 11 on Windows. It also assumes that PHP is installed on this system either using XAMPP or WampServer. We can also install PHP separately as explained here.

Step 1 - Download Eclipse for PHP

Click Here to open the Eclipse download page having the list of all the variations available for download. Click on Eclipse IDE for PHP Developers title. It shows the description and all the versions of Eclipse available for download. Click on the link Windows 64-bit to download the Eclipse for Windows 64-bit installation. It opens the download page having Download Button as shown in Fig 1.

Eclipse Download

Fig 1

Step 2 - Extract The Download

After the download is done, extract it to the specific location. It should look similar to Fig 2.

Eclipse for PHP

Fig 2

Step 3 - Desktop Shortcut

Now create a desktop shortcut icon by following the below-mentioned steps.

Right click on eclipse.exe -> Click on Send To -> Click on Desktop

Desktop Shortcut

Fig 3

Double click the shortcut icon to execute the Eclipse installed by us. It will show the options to choose Workspace as shown in Fig 4.

Eclipse Workspace

Fig 4

It might also show Windows Security Alert as shown in Fig 5.

Security Alert

Fig 5

The default workspace layout looks similar to the one shown in Fig 6.

Eclipse Panels

Fig 6

Step 4 - Configure PHP

In this step, we will configure the PHP installed either with XAMPP or WampServer or standalone. Follow the below-mentioned steps to configure the Eclipse for PHP installation.

Tool Bar -> Click Window -> Click Preferences -> Click PHP -> Click Installed PHP

The panel looks like the one shown in Fig 7.

PHP Preferences

Fig 7

Now click on Add Button on Installed PHPs Panel and fill the details as shown in Fig 8. These details might differ based on the PHP version and location on your system. You can also configure the php.ini file if it's available. Click on Finish Button to configure the installed PHP.

Configure PHP

Fig 8

Now click on Apply and Close Button to close the Preferences Panel. This is how we can configure the installed version of PHP for Eclipse.

Step 5 - Hello PHP

In this step, we will write a simple Hello PHP program.

Click on File and then click on New Project in order to create a project. It will show the Project Panel as shown in Fig 9 and Fig 10. Click on Finish Button to create our first PHP project using Eclipse.

New Project

Fig 9

Project Config

Fig 10

Right click on our newly created project Project, hover on New and then click on PHP file to create a PHP file as shown in Fig 11.

Create PHP File

Fig 11

Edit the file and write Hello PHP using echo as shown in Fig 12 and save the file.

Edit PHP File

Fig 12

Right click on the hello.php file, hover on Run As and then click on PHP CLI Application to execute the file as shown in Fig 13.

Execute PHP in Eclipse

Fig 13

The final output will be displayed on Console Panel as shown in Fig 14.

View Output

Fig 14

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