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  1. XAMPP is a completely free, easy to install Apache distribution containing MariaDB, PHP, and Perl.

  2. Enjoy productive PHP and web development with PhpStorm. Take advantage of deep code understanding, top-notch coding assistance, and support for all major tools and frameworks.



    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • PHP

    Symfony is a set of reusable PHP components and a PHP framework for web projects.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted

    CodeIgniter is a powerful PHP framework with a very small footprint, built for developers who need a simple and elegant toolkit to create full-featured web applications.

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Windows

    Setup at a glance a pre-configured Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP environment on your system or on a USB key and develop or present locally your projects.

  3. Nette Framework is a popular tool for PHP web development. It is designed to be the most usable as possible and is definitely one of the safest one. It speaks your language and helps you to easily build better websites.

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  4. Winginx is a complex of local web server on Windows (Vista and higher) to develop in PHP and Node.js using databases MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, memcached.

    • FreeOpen Source
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    Fuel is a simple, flexible, community driven PHP 5.3 web framework based on the best ideas of other frameworks with a fresh start and a design pattern in HMVC.

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  5. Denwer is a collection of often-used web-servers for web-programmers. It is used to debug web-sites under Win32. Denwer includes: friendly installer; Apache; PHP; MySQL; Perl; virtual host management system; phpMyAdmin; sendmail stub; start/stop manager.

    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated and the website is full of spam articles. Last version, released in November 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

  6. With SecureWAMP you can set up a complete and safe WAMP-System in a few minutes, which you can administrate completely via a GUI.

    Discontinued

    Last update on 2012 (version 0.90)

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • MariaDB
    • Apache HTTP Server
    • PHP
    • Homebrew

    Clamp is a Command Line Apache MySQL PHP for Mac OS X made for local development. It aims at being ultra simple to use and configure.

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  7. nuBuilder is a web-based database application platform. nuBuilder can be used to make a variety of applications such as accounting or CRM systems. Any system that requires a database to store information.

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    Phalcon is a high-performance PHP web framework based on the model–view–controller (MVC) pattern. Originally released in 2012, it is an open-source framework licensed under the terms of the BSD License (from wikipedia).

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    Yii is a high-performance component-based PHP framework best for Web 2.0 development.

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    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
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    • Online

    Extending the art & spirit of PHP, Zend Framework is based on simplicity, object-oriented best practices, corporate friendly licensing, and a rigorously tested agile codebase. Zend Framework is focused on building more secure, reliable, and modern Web 2.

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