Extending Your Eclipse IDE With Zend Studio

Zend Studio has a long history and for all these years the primary way for delivering it was through an installation package. You download a big installation package, extract it and, voilà, you have a PHP IDE ready for use. But what if you want to have the same IDE used for different programming languages, e.g. PHP and Java, or PHP and C/C++? Being based on the Eclipse platform, it is easy to extend Zend Studio with additional plugins like the Java Development Tools or the C/C++ Development Tools.

So far so good, but this approach still requires Zend Studio to be installed first. What if you want to do it vice versa — to have an existing Eclipse-based IDE and extend it with the Zend Studio plugins? Up until now, this was possible using some tricks, but now with Zend Studio 13, we have taken this installation scenario to heart and significantly improved it. Now, any Eclipse-based IDE can be extended with the Zend Studio plugins in just with a few clicks, directly from the Eclipse Marketplace.

Assuming your Eclipse-based IDE has the Eclipse Marketplace Client installed (all download packages on eclipse.org have it), you just need to follow the simple steps below to extend it with Zend Studio:

  1. Open Help > Eclipse Marketplace… from the main menu.
  2. Search for “zend” or “php ide”. The Zend Studio entry appears at the beginning of the result list.
  3. Click on the Install button, confirm your choice, accept the license and click the “Finish” button.
  4. Wait for the plugins to download and install. After restarting Eclipse, you will have Zend Studio available in your IDE.