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PHP Function Reference provides fast lookup of information about the PHP Web programming language.

Major features include the following:

  • Offline access to the same documenation found on PHP.net
  • Extensive cheat sheet of common PHP language syntax
  • Interactive date string formatter
  • Favorites list
  • 1-click installation of documentation in different languages
  • Localized in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Romanian

What's New

Version 1.0.1:
  • Updated default (English) documentation to the most recent version on PHP.net (22 May, 2009).
  • Fixed a bug that was causing the topics select list to be not selectable
  • A couple of minor cosmetic fixes


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Tice Member IconReview+119

Well done, thanks. It's nice to have the manual with a decent live-search. Only a little hint where to install the languages (or at least the shorts for en= english, de= german, ...) would be nice. Anyway, I figured it out in seconds, so not that important.

Thanks again, great widget.

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IanWeir Member IconReview+19

This widget is quite simply awesome. Everything is well integrated, and having a local version of the PHP manual is a major plus, especially when I am on the road and having internet access is questionable.
It works like a charm, and I have yet to find it lacking in any respect. The favorites list is especially handy, because I always forget the format for the same few functions.
The cheat sheets are also a major plus, and the date formatter is sheer genius.
Keep up the good work!

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Version 0.9.3b
aglee Member IconComment+6

I can confirm the bug is fixed.

The widget is a little sluggish in terms of responsiveness, but it certainly works as advertised.

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Version 0.9.2b
aglee Member IconComment+6

I get the same problem (with my own home directory name, of course).

I highly recommend PHPfi (search on MacUpdate for "php function index"). It is snappy, cleanly designed, and free for non-profit users. "Freelancers" pay only $8.50 and "Business Users" only $16.50. I'm not affiliated with the developer; I'm just a happy user (or at least I was when I was doing PHP work).

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Version 0.9.1b
Andrew Hedges (Developer)

As I mention in the FAQ, I also am a (paid!) user of PHPfi. It's a great app! This widget serves a similar purpose. It's just a different vector for getting at the information. That, plus it doesn't take up space in the Dock. One big advantage of PHPfi is you can use AppleScript to jump from BBEdit straight to a particular function in PHPfi. If there's a way to do the same thing in PHPfr, I'd like to know!


Cool. I once wrote a freeware product while being a happy user of a similar product, so I know where you're coming from. I haven't done anything with either AppleScript or widgets, though, so I'm afraid I can't help you there.


$ 8.50 - hmm ... pale in comparison.

MarcinKrzyzanowski Member IconComment+0

looks nice, but I have problem using it after install.

file_get_contents(/Users/krzak/Library/Widgets/PHPfr.wdgt/php_manual/php_manual_false/function.ncurses-noecho.html): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /Users/krzak/Library/Widgets/PHPfr.wdgt/scripts/return_html.php on line 6

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Version 0.9.1b
Andrew Hedges (Developer)

I'm aware of this problem and am working on a fix. In the meantime, flip the widget over and select English as your preferred language and the widget should work as expected.

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Version 1.0.1
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Downloads 7,221
Version Downloads 1,562
License Free
Date 28 May 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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