Free IDE For PHP, HTML, CSS & JS: CodeLobster (3 Pro Licenses Giveaway)

It is important to have a comfortable development environment to code better and faster.

And, there are numerous IDEs for that purpose, mostly paid and few free ones.

CodeLobster PHP Edition is a free IDE that has all the features we can expect. It is pretty powerful.

When starting, we can choose one of the many code-higlighting themes for the application (there are options which mimic the popular IDEs).


As the name states, it is suitable for PHP (or client-side) developers. A built-in debugger exists and a source-comment filter simplifies locating the right lines of any file so easily.

The UI has support for multiple tabs, code is highlighted successfully even if multiple languages are used on the same file and there is autocompletion for HTML, PHP, CSS and Javascript, including HTML5 and CSS3.

CodeLobster has FTP integration and uploading files to any remote address is simple.

The application has some handy and hidden features like “pressing F1 on any function or element gets you to a related documentation page about it” or “an index can help you locate them quickly”.

CodeLbster WordPress Plugin

Besides the free edition, there are 2 more versions: Lite and Pro where

  • Lite version:
    • is integrated to all the popular version control systems (Git, SVN, Mercurial, TortoiseSVN)
    • has an SQL manager that can produce all necessary actions on a database
    • supports LESS and SASS
    • has code validator, formatter and snippets
  • Pro version:
    • has all the features of Lite
    • has plugins for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal
    • has plugins for CakePHP, CodeIgniter, Symfony, Yii and Smarty
    • has plugin for jQuery
Coding with these plugins is very fast and easy as they have auto-complete and you don’t need to go back-and-forth to make sure you are using the right syntax.

The giveaway

CodeLobster is giving away 3 Pro licenses to WRD readers. You can join it by simply commenting to this post and winners will be selected randomly with the query below 1 week later (12 Nov 2013):

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=4771 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck to all.

  • Maksym Shevchenko

    Great IDE!

  • elton


  • Raymond

    Good tool suggestion!

  • Peter Werter

    CodeLobster is a great IDE!!! Thank you for chance!

  • How does it compare to Sublime Text 2 or PSPad?

  • mkuh

    Der editor klingt spannent
    Viele grüsse

  • mikhael

    Good one!

  • Laur

    Grate, until now i used just notepad++, it looke same like notepad+ would be nice if I will win it.

  • Great promotion… count me in… tks

  • Ryon

    Been looking for a full featured IDE to replace notepad. The free version is pretty good too!

  • Hope to get one ! I’m really interested to see the cakephp and joomla plugin.
    good luck everyone !

  • I had recently started using the free version of CodeLobster and found it quite useful. I’d love a pro licence to help me develop WordPress themes and plugins!

  • Ayo Akinyemi

    I like the framework plugins

  • Awesome. I like CodeLobster, one of the better free IDEs out there.

  • wayde

    I am looking forward to trying the CakePHP plugin!

  • Murat Pala

    Great! I like Joomla plugin and I want it…

  • Christopher McGrath

    This looks great. I have been looking for an IDE with decent Codeigniter support and FTP.

  • Fatih

    Nice it has everything you need from a IDE.. i hope i am in the list 🙂

  • Uradon Keeryder

    Gimme some CodeLobster please…

  • Marek

    CodeLobster rules! Greets 🙂

  • MasterChowl

    =D nice, que gran ayuda seria.

  • This would be very useful to have.

  • Look forward to accelerate my Web Team with CodeLobster.

  • Mohamed

    I need this for Drupal development.

  • Alex

    I wanna to test Yii plugin

  • Peter

    Great tool! 🙂

  • Antonio Herrera

    great IDE, I like CodeLobster, it’s nice!

  • Yannis

    Drupal plugin ftw!!

  • Mike

    Great giveaway, would love a Pro license.

  • I want one of the licenses. This software looks so good. Thank you for the chance.

  • Looks like an interesting IDE, Thanks!

  • Robert

    maybe it will replace my pspad

  • Wow!
    Awesome IDE,

    With those plugins I’ll be a God!!

  • Damian

    Thank you for this Giveaway!

  • Jolaycel

    It’s a great Free IDE and a really opportunity to have a pro license.

  • Jon

    great IDE !!

  • Francesc


  • elitebiber

    Would like to find out if this can be a good alternative to phpstorm and co.

  • Don Blevens

    Would love to get my hands on this.

  • kceres

    me gusta …voy a probarlo!!


  • N00dles

    Count me in for the compo…


    It’s great!

  • Un gran blog. Espero que me toque esta herramienta, parece muy buena.

  • pauloO

    hey! great giveaway by WebResourcesDepot! WANT one! hope to win 🙂

    thanks a lot.

    all the best for the other comments

  • BW Cypert

    I’ll give it a try. Sounds interesting.

  • Duan


  • Etrimon

    Codelobster is a wonderful IDE!

    And support is fast and efective also!

  • Joao Oliveira


  • Interesting app. If it is as good as the post said it is, I can leave Sublime.

  • Michael

    I tried it a few years back and have been looking for an excuse to jump back on the codelobster bandwagon

  • David

    The ability to use it for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal excites me. Hope to win this.

  • Sandeep Shivalkar


  • Wow …. the IDE looks great and i would love to use the wordpress plugin

  • Magico


  • Nelson Dias

    this IDE worths the try

  • Michael

    It sounds really good. I’m looking forward to try it.

  • zouzou


    SELECT me FROM all

  • Robcal

    very good editor!

  • Maexedout

    Looks promising

  • SELECT * FROM me WHERE ide = $(this).name AND version = $(this).version ORDERED BY $wrd->fullName;

    🙂 Just chilling.

  • aravinda raj

    Great IDE …need one………

  • Lazarow

    Looks like a great IDE.

  • Stfan

    Great IDE with some unique features.

  • George G.

    Also compatible with various CMSs !

  • Eric

    Oh yes – please – thanks

  • John

    I love this IDE.

  • Kevin

    Ah go on then

  • KMeade

    I wouldn’t mind getting my claws on a copy of CodeLobster.

  • Samuel Liew

    wow, this seems to rival the leading paid web dev IDEs. Thank you for the review!

  • Jordan

    I like codelobster.

  • Andrew M

    Would love this for my WordPress dev needs… looks sweet!

  • knedle

    If I can’t get one for free, I will buy it. 😉

  • Nico Susanto

    Great IDE for development

  • HZH

    Hey MYSQL. Choose me. hehe

  • I would love to win this! 😀

  • Mario Benavides Jurado

    I use a couple of IDE’s. I’ve tried Code Lobster, I thing it’s a great IDE. I wish to win a licence ! 😉

  • Alejandro

    Nice giveaway. 😀

  • betty

    Great IDE

  • This is a fantastic software, I’d love to get my hand on a pro license 🙂

  • bc

    Looks very promising — I’d love to win a CodeLobster Pro license.

  • Tom

    Definitely an improvement on UltradEdit / Notepad++ – Count me in 🙂

  • Michael

    I Want this product!

  • rgarciaseija

    Great. I need one. Thanks…

  • ManDuTim

    Very cool 😀

  • Luca


  • Dipen

    This Tool is amazing. i loved it