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10 PHP Online Compiler Tools That Developers Can Use To Quickly Test PHP Code

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Updated on: 2024-02-28

Posted on: 2024-02-28

Categories: PHP Tutorials, PHP community

Sometimes, we PHP developers need to test a piece of PHP code quickly, but we are not close to our computers.

We often use our mobile phones that we usually carry everywhere we go. Mobile phone screens are small, and they were not initially thought to run a web server that we can use to test our PHP code.

Read this article to learn about online tools that you can use to type and test your PHP code from your mobile phone or even your computer without setting up a whole Web server environment to write and test simple PHP code.




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In this article you will learn:

1. What is a PHP Compiler

2. Why Compiling PHP is a Good Thing

3. What Is a Good the Criteria to Evaluate Recommended PHP Online Compiler and Execution Tools

4. How Can You Use Recommended PHP Online Compiler and Execution Tools to Test Your PHP Code


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1. What is a PHP Compiler

PHP is a popular language that evolve in every significant version. Until version 3, the PHP run-time engine interpreted the PHP code.

This engine could be a Web server module like Apache or others. The engine can also be an executable program that can run from the command line console, which can be the cmd program on Windows or the shell program on Linux, like, for instance, the bash shell.

Since PHP 4, the PHP runtime engine in the first step compiles PHP scripts into some binary codes called Zend opcodes. In the second step, the PHP runtime engine executes the Zend opcodes.

Since PHP 8, the PHP runtime engine uses a JIT engine. This engine compiles PHP scripts into machine code executed by the CPU of the computer on which PHP is running.

There is another type of PHP compiler tool that can save the results of the PHP compilation step to a file that can be distributed and sold to customers.

This article is not about this type of compiler. I will return to this type of PHP compiler in a future article.

2. Why Compiling PHP is a Good Thing

The main advantage of compiling PHP before executing is that you can quickly test your PHP.

Fortunately, the PHP project is very mature, and the compilation step of PHP scripts into machine code is done internally by the PHP engine, and you do not have to be concerned with that.

3. What Is a Good the Criteria to Evaluate Recommended PHP Online Compiler and Execution Tools

I have evaluated several tools that can take PHP code and execute it. I considered several factors to provide good recommendations.

3.1. Fast

Can execute PHP code and show the output very quickly;

3.2. Accessible

Show pages that can be easily accessible from mobile phones.

3.3. Without Intrusive Advertising

The pages of the tools do not have intrusive advertising that gets in the way of the developer using the tool.

4. How Can You Use Recommended PHP Online Compiler and Execution Tools to Test Your PHP Code

Here follow several suggestions of online tools that can take PHP code and execute it.

4.1. ProgramWiz PHP online compiler

+ Dark and light presentation themes

+ Show tab to present the output results

4.2. W3Schools TryIt Editor

+ Dark and light presentation themes

+ Orientation switch to show the PHP code and the script output

4.3. OnlinePHP.io PHP Sandbox 

+ PHP syntax coloring

+ Extensive list of PHP versions that can be used

+ Control over PHP errors that can be reported

+ Possibility to share PHP code with short URL links

+ Statistics of most used PHP functions

4.4. One Compiler

+ Possibility to download PHP code

+ Auto-complete typed code

4.5. Paiza.io Online PHP Editor

+ Detect PHP errors while the developer is typing

+ Auto-complete typed code

+ Multiplle presentation themes

+ Schedule the execution of PHP code at given times

+ Integrate with GitHub

+ Collaboration with multiple users that can edit the code and share chat and audio messages

+ Make code private

4.6. TutorialsPoint Online PHP Compiler

+ Presentation Themes

+ Can save files as projects

4.7. MyCompiler Online PHP Compiler

+ Support multiple national languages besides English

+ Auto-complete typed code

4.8. JDoodle Online PHP Editor

+ Light and dark presentation themes

4.9. 34vl Online PHP Editor

+ Live preview to execute PHP code while the developer types the code

+ Many PHP versions available for testing

+ Dark and light presentation themes

+ Show line with errors in the editor

+ Can show the performance of the code in different PHP versions

+ Show disassembly of PHP code using Vulcan Logic Dumper

+ No advertising

4.10. IDE for geeks PHP Online Compiler

+ Dark and light presentation themes

+ Auto-complete code while typing

+ Share code using a custom URL

+ Allow to edit multiple scripts




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