How to setup Eclipse with PHP Developer Tools and FTP support

Using Eclipse as PHP IDE

After working a little with phpDesigner, I felt that, probably, I need more complex PHP IDE. Because I previously worked with Java applications using Eclipse I decided to add PHP support to my existing Eclipse for Java EE (Helios) installation previously downloaded from I navigated to Help->Install New Software in Eclipse, selected “–All Available Sites—“, searched for “php” and got the same plugin in three different categories:


then I successfully installed the first one.

Enabling FTP support

My version of Eclipse has pre-installed RME (Remote System Explorer) plugin, so to access my PHP scripts via FTP I go to Windows->Open perspective->Other…, double click on Remote System Explorer and then create FTP connections in Remote System toolbar. The only thing that I should notice is that FTP does not work with Java 7 on Windows 7 64 bit when firewall is on, so I installed JRE6 and run Eclipse using the following bat file:

path=C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin
call eclipse.exe

I also tried Eclipse for PHP Developers but didn’t realize how its RME plugin works with FTP.

1 Response to How to setup Eclipse with PHP Developer Tools and FTP support

  1. Marty McGee says:

    Great article, but FYI: you are spelling “Eclipse” incorrectly as “Eclipce”.

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