Installing Aptana 1.5.1 + Aptana PHP

I’ve just updated Aptana Studio from 1.5 to 2.0 only to find out that the spectacular Aptana PHP plugin is not longer supported and its installation has been removed from the Install Additional Features view. However, with some tricks we can still install the old Aptana 1.5.1 in order to use it. Well, in fact we can even install Aptana PHP in Studio 2.0.

First, download Aptana Studio 1.5.1 and install it. I had to do this since I had deleted my previous standalone zip.

When you reach the Install Additional Features after installing Aptana, close it, what we need is not here.01

From the Help menu, click on Install New Software…


In the “Work with:” drop down, choose the Aptana PHP Update Site. Aptana will start preparing the installation.


Choose the Aptana PHP plugin and install it. After restarting Studio, the Aptana PHP plugin will be installed and your php files will be handled by it.


I tried the same steps on Aptana Studio 2.0.2 and it’s working good so far. The only difference is that in the Available Software you will have to add the Aptana PHP plugin update site. Click on the Add… button and type the url


As you can see on the Plugins Manager, Aptana PHP 1.1 is installed (the Duplicate location warning appears because I typed the url again for this tutorial). I’ve you already installed Eclipse PDT, make sure you remove it, or your php files won’t be handled by Aptana PHP.

So that’s it, if you find any issues please let me know.

21 thoughts on “Installing Aptana 1.5.1 + Aptana PHP”

    1. Thy, Aptana is an Integrated Development Environment for web coding, handling XHTML, CSS, PHP and much more. By default, Aptana doesn’t include PHP support, which is essential for WordPress development for example, but offers you the chance to install the Aptana PHP plugin.

  1. Yes Tutorial City, that’s why I started the post saying that Aptana PHP was no longer supported. However,if you browse the Aptana forums you will see that there’s a lot of disatisfaction about this and most users, myself included, want to stick to APHP instead of EPDT. APHP is way more powerful than EPDT. I’ve reverted back to APHP because I really enjoy working with it.

  2. Nice to your hear you got it working Kilinkis 🙂
    Rory, I’m glad it’s been useful to you. I was thinking about switching to another IDE, but honestly there is none offering the workflow that we can find in Aptana.

  3. Eclipse-PDT _is_ a very good plugin for PHP Support in Eclipse. You should just give it a try, it comes with the same features as the built-in PHP Support by Aptana. Combining Aptana Studio with PDT is a dream.. Unfortunately I had no luck under Linux/Ubuntu 9.10 (64bit) – I am not able to install the PDT Plugin on a fresh Aptana 2.x, so I have to stick with 1.5x – which still works fine for me…

  4. Thanks for the help in getting the Aptana PHP plug-in installed. There’s nothing really wrong with PDT except that autocomplete for core PHP functions does not work when working over FTP (only in Project mode – when the project is set to PHP nature). Going back to Aptana PHP plugin fixed that.

  5. hi! im a complete newbie to PHP and aptana (just started 1 week ago). Just trying out Aptana 2.0 on my Windows Vista system and my laptop running Ubuntu 9.10. I managed to install the PDT by running Aptana as administrator in Vista and running Ubuntu with root authorisation.

  6. Thanks, this article was really helpful.

    I am currently running PHP 5.3.1 (XAMPP).Does anyone know if you can customize or update the ‘Aptana PHP Syntax Validator’ and the syntax intellisense to support PHP 5.3 features, such as namespaces etc?


  7. I forgot to mention that I am running Aptana 1.5.1 with the Aptana PHP plugin and since this plugin is no longer supported by Aptana I assume the files related to the PHP editor is no longer updated for newer PHP versions.

  8. brigado pelo post, foi de grande ajuda para mim, e tudo que eu queria, uma ferramenta para, o php em open surse

    valmir -brasil

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