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Developers often have applications locally installed on their computers to run and edit programming code. But an online IDE is more accessible and lets you work in the same app you surf the Internet on – your web browser. Offering you an open source web-based IDE is something called Codiad.

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Codiad is a free to use tool built using PHP. The tool is basically an open source web-based IDE framework that works with any version of PHP over version 5. The IDE has a small footprint and although it is in early development, it demonstrates good stability. Installing the IDE involves uploading files and making some directories writeable.

Codiad does not require an SQL database; data is stored using JSON formatted PHP files. The IDE can handle multiple projects and it helps developers save data and development processes in a remote server.


  • A user-friendly browser based tool.
  • An open source web based IDE.
  • Does not require an SQL database.
  • Can handle multiple projects.
  • Similar tools: Akshell and Enyo.

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  1. Michael Angelo Sevilla
    January 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Just like - a community Cloud based IDE, codiad is really worth giving a try. There are some other stand-alone IDE around but limitations are in place - unless you'll pay. Thank you for sharing MakeUseOf!

  2. Debra Beshears
    January 18, 2013 at 4:41 am

    I will definitely check this out. Thanks for the article.

  3. lorefnon
    October 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Enyo is an javascript application framework and is definitely not a tool similar as Codiad.

    Akshell, on the other hand, although is a web based IDE, it differs from Codiad in that it is a hosted application which allows one to create web applications using javascript using only their own specific framework and toolchain. Codiad although coded in PHP allows one to code in any language/framework and also is available under MIT license.