What's New in Zend Studio 12.5

We've just turbo-charged Zend Studio with cool new features that will boost your productivity. The latest release includes upgraded debugging and testing experience, enhanced support for popular frameworks, and many other installation, performance and quality improvements.  

Upgraded Debugger 

The new version includes a whole new way to setup remote debugging - if you have multiple servers configured, locally, in the cloud or remotely on an intranet, you can configure the debugger separately for each particular server and define the connection settings via the server creation and edit wizard.

Improved Testing

Support for PHPUnit 4 for effective integration testing and simplified unit tests to make sure your code is stable and functioning correctly.

Enhanced APIs Support

Support for the latest version of Apigility so you can build, test, and debug your APIs more efficiently.

Integration of Popular Plugins

Content assist for Magento and Doctrine,  Angular JS Explorer View, Markdown Editor and GitHubMylyn Integration that allows you to use a GitHub repository to store and retrieve Mylyn tasks.

Additional improvements include upgraded installation packages with built-in JRE, so you don’t have to pre-install it like before, the font size plugin, many performance and quality improvements, and more. 


Angular JS

Develop client side apps with AngularJS, open-source web application framework from Google. Zend Studio takes full advantage of the framework client-side model–view–controller (MVC) architecture.


Create hybrid mobile apps with the integrated Ionic framework. Ionic offers a library of mobile-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components, gestures, and tools for building highly interactive apps.


Code mobile apps all in HTML/CSS/JS from within Studio with Cordova. Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device functions from JavaScript. 

Split editor

Get the ultimate in user experience and productivity functionality with the new split editor. Split it vertically, or horizontally to see more code at once.  


Code faster by editing several lines of code at once with the new multi-cursor feature.  

Dark theme

Code in style. You asked for it, you got it. Now you can see your code on a black background by working with the all new dark theme.

PHP 5.6 Language Support

Get full support for PHP 5.6. Zend Studio takes full advantage of the new PHP features like constant scalar expressions, variadic functions, phpdbg, large file uploads, gost-crypto hash algorithm, and more.

Z-Ray / Z-Ray Live!

Using the certified PHP stack Zend Server? Discover hidden bugs and performance issues right from your browser and then open a debugging or profiling session directly from Z-Ray to fix the uncovered issues using Zend Studio. Leverage Z-Ray Live! to get information on your application performance right from mobile devices and address them with Studio.

With Z-Ray Live, you can debug mobile and Web Services API calls with Z-Ray Live!  All the advantages of Z-Ray for debugging requests originating from native mobile clients and other non-browser sources.

Fully working Mobile App w/ Source Code

Get a fully working mobile app with its source code.  You can use the code to learn how to create mobile apps or leverage it for your own applications.  Study it, copy it, edit it. It’s all yours to work with.

This application uses HTML5/CSS/JS on the client side and Zend Framework + Apigility with Zend Server on the back-end. The application itself monitors your application and gives you live statistics on your server performance. 

This mobile app is intended for demo purposes. The application and source code are available with Zend Studio and on GitHub. 

The source code is available on Github


Manage easily all your frameworks, libraries, assets, and utilities with the integrated Bower framework. Bower works by fetching and installing packages from all over, taking care of hunting, finding, downloading, and saving the items you’re looking for. It provides hooks to facilitate using packages in your tools and workflows. Bower is optimized for the front-end. It uses a flat dependency tree, requiring only one version for each package, reducing page load to a minimum.

Cloud Deployment

Zend Studio lets you deploy your PHP application on any server.  

In addition, you can take full advantage of the Cloud with the Amazon AWS Zend certified PHP stack offering, an instantly available, consistent PHP environment that provides a cloud-based Zend Server.

Zend Studio also works with other leading Cloud platforms, such as IBM Bluemix and SoftLayer, Red Hat OpenShift and Microsoft Azure.

You can easily deploy your PHP applications on these public or private platforms, by using the built-in cloud deployment integration functionality.

IBM i xml Toolkit libraries

Extend PHP code to access IBM i resources. The newly integrated Toolkit is designed to work either statelessly or statefully. Its stateful abilities enable developers to call RPG/COBOL/CL programs and APIs while retaining cursors, library lists, the QTEMP library, and more, to enable reuse of existing programs for web applications.


Eclipse 4 Luna platform

Zend Studio 12 is built on top of the Eclipse 4 – Luna platform and benefits from many new enhancements included in the new platform.

What's new in previous versions of Zend Studio

See the features introduced in Zend Studio 11

See the features introduced in Zend Studio 10

See the features introduced in Zend Studio 9



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