A Complete Review of CodeLobster

CodeLobster is based on Windows PHP IDE; its primary motive is to let you create websites and web applications along with the minimum amount of resistance possible. It has built-in support for things like WordPress and CakePHP, which I must say is quite remarkable.

Here below, I am going to draw attention to some of the things I really like and don’t like about it:

CodeLobster PHP Edition conventionally comes in 3 versions: free, lite and professional.

The non-paid version consists of all the base features which you may wish from a modern IDE: syntax featuring for HTML, JavaScript and PHP, code autocomplete, CSS, pair highlighting, code folding, project manager and selection, etc.


The lite version attaches to this code validation for HTML, Sass, CSS, Less, and PHP; an SQL manager; also support for version restraint systems like SVN, Git, etc.

At last, the professional edition makes on this by attaching support for some renowned content management systems and frameworks like (Drupal, Joomla, Smarty, Twig, JQuery, Node.js, CodeIgniter, CakePHP, Laravel, AngularJS, BackboneJS, MeteorJS, Symfony, Yii and WordPress, Facebook etc.)

View a comparison of the three versions:


What I appreciate about the professional version is how much mouldable it is, as it plainly the lite version (US $39.95, around. GBP £26..80) along with extra plugins (US $24.95-$49.95 for each).

If you plan to utilize additional than single plugin then it appears to be conventionally more price-effective to get the complete bundle for a sum up of US $119.95 (nearly GBP £80.48), that is a saving of almost 70% in comparison to buying every plugin separately, that would reach to the US $379.45 (approx. GBP £254.60).


Insertion was quite manageable and straightforward. All the 3 versions are stuffed with the similar installer; the diverse features are opened with a fitting serial number.

I appreciate that the Help > Registration… display you precisely that plugins you have enabled, and in the instance of test categories how many more days you have left.

CodeLobster registration window is showing the status of each plugin.

User interface

In contrast to the minimalist interfaces of Sublime Text, Brackets, and Atom Atom, CodeLobster provides a more conventional compound-panel layout.

Each one of the panels is flapped, reinforcing numerous activities: class view, file, SQL, projects, TODO, search results, errors, bookmarks, help, properties, map, and all. They are also crushable, making an extra place for the code editor.

codelobster screenshot

Along with the high of the application are non-compulsory toolbars, where you may switch on or off the panel tabs. Unluckily, the toolbars don’t arrive to be editable or customizable.

Having been relying on Sublime Text for the last several years, the interface feels quite occupied and somewhat archaic.

Text editor

Contrary to some code editors which I have utilized, CodeLobster’s autocompleting code hinting capacities are quick and quiet assisting.

One of the impressive features I truly like about CodeLobster is its capability to set up a fresh WordPress project rapidly to your local server. This makes you’re running a local dev environment such as XAMPP.

After stuffing in some details Code Lobster goes off to the local environment and sets all things up for you:

  • Quickly download and open the latest version of WordPress to your local dev environment.
  • Make a fresh MySQL database.
  • Get WordPress installed.
  • Inhabit the base settings (site title, admin)

I have done this in last versions of Code Lobster and every time I plainly could not get it to work precisely. I’m not quite sure what I was doing wrong, but during this time, in this version: it really worked!


I have just gouged the surface here, but it is evident to me that CodeLobster is a powerful and quite a competent IDE. It has a huge of embedded in tools for creating, checking and debugging code, which probably come fast.

My prominent issue, though, as I have mentioned is the user-interface. It feels quite dated.

In honest terms, CodeLobster does not presently provide sufficient to draw me far from Sublime Text 3; I liked the speed and resilience of ST3. But I must say that I was working on a PHP-heavy site, or a huge new WordPress site I honestly might consider utilizing CodeLobster, for its code intelligence capacities.

1 Comment
  1. Robin Khokhar says

    Hi Jaspal sir,
    It looks like that Codelobster is a amazing tool. SO thanks for reviewing it.

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