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How to use codeigniter with eclipse helios

24 Giu 10

Codeigniter is a great framework. Eclipse is a very nice IDE. Why not using them both when writing our own apps ?

After some googling i found a way to get auto-completion with codeigniter on eclipse.


  1. Xampp : I suggest using xampp lite.
  2. Codeigniter: Obviously
  3. Eclipse Helios for PHP Development : ๐Ÿ™‚

Installing Xampp

I suggest Xampp lite zip version. Once downloaded unzip xampp on c:\ ( or wherever you want ) and you’ll get a folder named xampp.

Then browse that folder and execute xampp-start. Once it is started open xampp-control and make sure that apache and mysql is working.

If xampp won’t work, please look at the xampp forum for it.

Installing CodeIgniter

Go into c:\xampp\htdocs and create a new folder called ย ( or wathever you want ) . Then move the unzipped ย codeigniter folder inside c:\xampp\htdocs\\ .

Now navigate inside the c:\xampp\htdocs\\system folder and move “application” one level above so you’ll have the following situation inside c:\xampp\htdocs\

Now please open the index.php file with your favourite editor. And look if the application and system folder variables are correct ๐Ÿ™‚

In order to check if everything works good you could open your browser and navigate through http://localhost/ if you don’t get any error then codeigniter and xampp are working correctly.

Installing Eclipse

Installing eclipse is very easy. Just unzip the archive downloaded in the requirements.

Configuring Eclipse in order to work correctly with codeigniter

Create a new Project : File -> New -> PHP Project

The wizard would open. Write CI_CORE on the Project Name field and be sure to make the changes as shown below:

Note: Look at the directory. We are pointing this project on the Codeigniter system folder.

Now click on the Finish button.

Create a new Project : File -> New -> PHP Project

This time, when the wizard opens, write “” on the Project Name Field. Then in the Contents tab use this path:


Now we should have 2 projects:

  1. CI_CORE

Now you can see you’ll get autocompletion for almost all things except for the most used :).

In order to fix this issue open:

  • CI_CORE\\codeigniter\\Base4.php file if you are going to develop under PHP5
  • CI_CORE\\codeigniter\\Base5.php if you’re going to develop under PHP4

Note: Yes open Base4 if you’re using PHP5 ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’re using Base4.php Insert the following code just before the constructor.

[sourcecode language=”php”]
* @var CI_Config
var $config;
* @var CI_DB_active_record
var $db;
* @var CI_Email
var $email;
* @var CI_Form_validation
var $form_validation;
* @var CI_Input
var $input;
* @var CI_Loader
var $load;
* @var CI_Router
var $router;
* @var CI_Session
var $session;
* @var CI_Table
var $table;
* @var CI_Unit_test
var $unit;
* @var CI_URI
var $uri;
* @var CI_Pagination
var $pagination;

Well, Now you’ll get eclipse+codeigniter working with some cool things like auto-completion ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • jiten

    Wow this is great!

    made 02 projects as suggested in the post.. and then pasted the following code before constructor in base4.php..

    thanks a lot…it is working with eclipse PDT

  • I’m happy to know i helped you out ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • asifsomy

    this really works for me. can i load all methods of model? how??

  • veke87

    Simply write the models on the Base4 following the schema shown above ๐Ÿ˜›

    Everything works fine then..

    I’m currently working to have a better way to accomplish this ๐Ÿ˜›

  • asifsomy

    of course i already did that but didn’t work for me..models methods are not loading..

    Moreover can u tell me how will i run my codeigniter controller in Eclipse PDT?

  • Basically you can’t run a codeigniter project on eclipse you’ve to load a webtab and refresh it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Btw, i found a better way to achieve this task ๐Ÿ™‚

  • What is the “better way” to achieve this task you mentioned in your last reply Andrea?

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