40 Useful PHP Classes and Libraries for Efficient Development

PHP is a scripting language that also happens to be the most popular in the domain. It is famously used in web development and may not be all that easy to learn for newbies, but it certainly does work wonders and magic.

The best part about the internet are the numerous free resources offered on pretty much everything known to mankind and since this particular posts regards PHP, we shall be focusing on that. PHP has allowed web developers around the world to make the web a better environment. It supports several features that automate several processes making your job easier. If you are looking to learn this language, which we believe a developer should, you have come to the right place.

Today we have listed down 40 Useful PHP Classes and Libraries for Efficient Development. These resources include tutorials, tools and documentations, etc. that you can use in order to learn the language quickly and employ its use in your everyday development. You will also come across a few of the most useful courses which are basically free, and libraries that will further guide you command over the language. So enjoy the read, go through everything, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Idiorm

This is a very lightweight tool which you will not have to configure at all. It is an object-relational mapper and query builder for PHP5.

Idiorm

pChart

If you are looking to create aliased charts, this is the PHP class oriented framework for just that purpose.

pchart

Munee

This is a PHP5.3 library. You should be able to use this and compile LESS, SCSS and CoffeeScript with this resource. Also, it is lightning fast.

Munee

Gantti

Gantt charts are important if you are looking for a detailed schedule. This is a simple PHP Gantt Class.

Gantti

Whoops

This is an error handler framework for PHP. It will easily help you debug your web projects. It is simple to use and packed with powerful features.

Whoops

PHP Image Cache

This image cache will take in the image source and compress the file after which the image will be cached.

Php Image Cache

Wideimage

If you are looking to manipulate images, this is an open-sourced PHP library for you.

Wideimage

Imagine

This is another image manipulation library based on OOP. It was built in PHP 5.3 and uses the latest practices and incredibly thoughtful design to make your job easier for you.

Imagine

PHP Image Workshop

This open-sourced class uses GD library which will help you manage your images with PHP. It will allow you to work with layers just like you would in Photoshop or Gimp.

Php Image Workshop

PHP-Error

This is a pretty neat little tool for error reporting when you are working with PHP. No matter how much of an expert you are, you are bound to make certain mistakes and this tool is pretty handy to catch them for you.

PHP-Error

Detector

This is a rather simple library. It will allow your work to adapt to new devices and browsers automatically. You will not need to do anything. It is a feature detection library.

Detector

Opauth

If you are familiar with OmniAuth for Ruby, you will understand easily as to what this tool exactly does. It is a multi-provider authentication framework for PHP.

Opauth

Mobile Detect

If your project is running on a mobile, this handy, light-weight PHP class is perfect for detecting just that. It will use the user-agent string and combine it with specific HTTP headers in order to detect the environment it’s running in.

Mobile Detect

Swift Mailer

This particular tool will integrate itself with any web app written in PHP5. It offers a flexible approach to sending emails without having to go through a lot of effort.

Swift Mailer

Ratchet Websocket For Php

This is a PHP library to create real-time applications between clients and servers over WebSockets. It makes the entire process of creating such applications rather quick and easy.

Ratchet Websocket For Php

Hybridauth

This little tool will allow your visitors to engage with websites based on social sign-ins, social sharing and user profiles, etc. It obviously offers an easier way for your visitors to subscribe or register with your application or website.

Hybridauth

Phpthumb

This uses GD library in order to create thumbnails of different images on the go. You can even configure the output size, in that, it can be larger or smaller than the source. The source can also be played with, in that, it can be the entire image or just a small part of it.

Phpthumb

Requests

This is actually an HTTP request library. It will simplify how you interact with other websites making the entire experience very convenient.

Requests

Htmlpurifier

This library is written in PHP and it is an HTML filter library compliant with the standards of the web.

Htmlpurifier

Cakephp

If you are looking to build web applications quickly, easily and with a lot less coding, this is the class for you.

Cakephp

Fpdf

You should be able to use this class in order to generate PDF files with PHP. You will not even have to use the PDFlib library to accomplish that.

Fpdf

Adodb

This is a database abstraction library for PHP and Python.

Adodb

Recaptcha

If you are running a PHP website, this little class provides an easier way to place CAPTCHA on your website, you know, to make sure a user is not a robot.

Recaptcha

Magpierss

This class will provide you with an XML-based RSS parser in PHP.

Magpierss

Sajax

This is an open-sourced tool allowing you to make programming websites with the use of AJAX framework. It is also known as XMLHTTPRequest or otherwise, remote scripting.

Sajax

Php Excel

This will provide you with different classes that will further allow you to read and write from and to different spreadsheet formats including Excel etc.

Php Excel

Highlighter

This is a simple generic syntax highlighter for the phpBB forum system.

Highlighter

Validation

This is perhaps one of the best validation engine ever created for PHP.

Validation

Php Data Grid

If you are looking to create data-bound grid control, this is perhaps the most powerful tool you can use to achieve that.

Php Data Grid

Phpunit

This is a testing framework for PHP built from the perspective of a programmer.

Phpunit

Projects Text To Image

If you are looking to convert a string of text into an image, you should put this class to good use.

Projects Text To Image

Country From IP

Once programmed into a website, you should be able to lookup the country of a given IP address.

Country From IP

Php powerpoint

This will provide you with different classes that will further allow you to read and write from and to different presentation formats including PowerPoint etc.

Php powerpoint

PhpRack

This is an integration testing framework. it was developed using JetBrains PhpStorm.

PhpRack

Gaufrette

Finally on this list, we have a PHP5 library that will provide a filesystem abstraction layer.

Gaufrette

3 Comments

  1. Lol, what is CakePHP doing there, its not just Library, its full-stack Enterprise Level Framework…