The extension is installed through the VSCode's main window. Please refer to managing extensions in VS Code for detailed information.
After the successful installation, you should be prompted to activate your copy of PHP Tools.
You can download the
.vsix installation file from our download section. The installation file has to be installed using the VSCode's
Command palette, command
Extensions: Install from VSIX.
The program may perform an additional download of dependencies during the first start, after the installation. Please, be sure to have an Internet connection. In case your computer cannot go online, do one of the following:
- Install Microsoft .NET 5.0, Runtime or Sdk, for your platform (More information on https://www.microsoft.com/net/download), or
- Advanced: Download the dependency manually. See VSCode's Output, panel 'PHP', for the log and the URL of the dependency. Extract the zip file into
/out/serverof the extension's installation directory.
The following settings are introduced by the extension. Navigate to VSCode's Settings in order to see or modify them.
||PHP version or a profile name defined in
||Specifies the PHP version to be used by default by debugger, code analysis, and test explorer.|
||Set of profile names and corresponding PHP executable path.||Defined profile names that can be chosen in
||Full path to the
||Legacy option. Specifies the full path to the
||Associative map of paths and whether to exclude them from problems checking.||Specifies what problems will be hidden in specified directories. It is possible to set
||"true", "false"||Allows to disable the full workspace analysis. Recommended for larger projects.|
||"PHP Tools", "PSR-2"||Code formatting profile.|
||"auto-import", "fqn", "none", "hide"||Configures how to treat completion of names outside the current namespace. See auto-import.|
||"en", "de", "es", "fr", "ja", "pt", "ro", "ru", "tr", "zh".||Specifies the language code of integrated documentation. If not set, the setting defaults to system's language.|
||Associative map of paths to be excluded from the project.||Specifies files that won't be processed by the code analysis engine (code completion, navigation, problems).|
In case the extension is not activated, a pop-up window is shown during the extension first startup. It gives the following options:
I have the license keylets you enter the license key section and activate the extension.
Get trialsends you an e-mail with 14-day license key.
More informationopens this web page with purchase and license information.
Once you obtain the license key and you close the pop-up window above, you can activate your copy of the extension using the VSCode's
Command palette, command
PHP Tools: Activate extension. Enter your license key and confirm with
The activation requires an Internet connection. The successful installation is confirmed with the following pop-up window:
Testing and debugging features require the PHP program to be installed and configured. It is recommended to use PHP 7.0 or newer; however, PHP 5.4 and newer are supported as well.
Running tests and built-in development server requires
php with extensions
xmlwriter. Either install
php globally, so the command
php will work across the system, or set
php.executablePath setting within VSCode's Settings pointing to PHP executable.
- PHP 7.0 or newer
- PHP extensions
- PHP extension
xdebugwith the following options in your
xdebug.remote_enable = 1
xdebug.remote_autostart = 1