PHP Developers Tools (2024 version)

Andrea Pollastri
2 min readFeb 20, 2024

What are the essential services and software for a PHP developer?

I have been working as a backend developer since 2005, and after several setup changes and tests, based on my personal experience, the essential stack for a PHP developer is:

Why this stack?

I think these services, hardware, and software can simplify your work life!

  • Apple OS is a powerful OS, simple, stable, and powerful for dev needs
  • Google Workspace is an incredible suite made for collaboration
  • Jira helps manage daily tasks, sprints, and customer tickets
  • vscode is a free IDE with several practical extensions so it’s a perfect editor for your code!
  • Docker Desktop lets you run your project containers with few clicks
  • Insomnia Rest is a light tool to test REST API endpoints
  • Table Plus is a powerful database desktop manager
  • Oh My Zsh is a free and complete Zsh configuration

There are also secondary tools such as ClockWork (https://github.com/itsgoingd/clockwork), Laravel Herd (https://herd.laravel.com), Tinkerwell (https://tinkerwell.app), and others that will help you to speed up your development process.

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