DraftCode for PHP IDE 4+

Develop PHP, WordPress offline

Solesignal Limited

Designed for iPad

    • $9.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Develop and run PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS locally on your iPad or iPhone (or an Apple Silicon Mac), without requiring an internet connection.
Run Apps as complex as WordPress or phpMyAdmin right on your device.

Freely choose your workspace location on your device, either inside DraftCode, or in the folder of a Git Client like WorkingCopy, on iCloud or other services that offer selectable folder locations.

Access your PHP Web App from other Apps on your iPad while in Split Screen mode, for example Mobile Safari or Brave.

DraftCode includes the standard PHP stack including PHP extensions typically available on a server: MySQL, SQLite, PDO, Curl, OpenSSL, FTP, XML, JSON, SOAP, GD and more.

DraftCode can run different versions of PHP and you can switch between them:

- Includes PHP 7.3
- (via in-App Purchase): PHP 8.0
- (via in-App Purchase): PHP 8.1
- (via in-App Purchase): PHP 8.2

DraftCode Features:

- Execute PHP/JS/HTML/CSS without requiring an internet connection
- Run Apps as complex as WordPress on your device for offline development
- Support for selecting a custom workspace folder in supported other Apps (like Git clients) or iCloud
- Includes a Session Inspector showing state of current session variables
- Shows PHP errors
- PHP and JavaScript syntax colouring
- Internal keyboard support with coding accessory
- External keyboard support with additional keyboard shortcuts
- Multitasking and split-screen support on iPad
- Includes PHP packages: WordPress, phpMyAdmin, Composer and more
- File workspace including support to zip, unzip, copy, move or duplicate files or folders
- Code import/export from iCloud Drive, other Apps or iTunes file sharing
- Kiosk mode that runs you PHP code fullscreen
- Script mode to run PHP scripts without a web context or timeout


With just one tap you can run WordPress offline (using the included WordPress SQLite plugin) and develop themes and plugins for the popular platform.

Connect to EXTERNAL MySQL databases (MySQL is NOT included).

Work with local SQLite databases.

Use Composer v.2.1.12 to efficiently manage your dependencies. The package also includes an example project.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions please visit DraftCode's website. (Please follow the "Developer Website" link below.)

Please note:
- Included packages might not yet support all PHP versions available (check their website)
- DraftCode's runtime currently does not support re-write rules
- A MySQL database is NOT included. (We recommend using SQLite when working completely offline.)
- A phpinfo() output of the current available runtime configurations is available on the DraftCode website, please follow the "Developer Website" link below.
- In-App purchase pricing can be reviewed on this App Store page under "Information" by tapping the triangle next to 'In-App Purchases"

What’s New

Version 1.14.1

Included Packages Update:

Updated included WordPress to v6.5 and SQLite plugin to v2.1.9 to avoid an issue where the automatic WordPress update during setup would make it incompatible with the included SQLite plugin.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

ThisOtherPerson ,

Great start but iOS falls short?

Ok, l know this is a huge undertaking and iOS is severely limited so far as a development tool. What issue this app seems to suffer from is as a developer, I can’t really work on a plugin in WordPress while WP is running.

Pretty ineffective to have to start and stop WP each time to edit a file and then see the result rendered.

Update: I contacted the developer and he has been VERY responsive to my concerns. He has provided some ideas for workflow that seem acceptable. Running web apps on iOS is no small feat. My hope is that this app will be well supported and the product will continue to be updated.

multi gravbreak ,

Great start, but has some severe problems

While the app does exactly what it says, there's some things you should know before dropping the 10 bucks:
- The Javascript messages viewer is always empty no matter how many times you try to print through the console.
- You can't Cmd+F or Cmd+G to quickly find strings or lines. This is a huge blow to working on larger documents.
- You can't quickly navigate lines because tapping any line only brings you to the front, and Home/End don't work.
- Scroll position jumps to either the top or bottom of the document every time you switch between files.
- You can't work from an existing workspace folder; you MUST copy a folder into the program's folder in order to work on it, or manually import individual files. That means if you're working on a number of files you have on Dropbox, every edit you make must be manually saved, file by file, back into the original folder.
- And this is made doubly difficult by the fact that copying between the two locations is a nightmare on iOS. I can't even paste my project into the DraftCode folder anymore because I just get an error saying "Couldn't communicate with a helper application". This is actually a Dropbox problem, but it's one that you have to be aware of since you can't work straight from the Dropbox folder.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the detailed feedback. v1.12 should address some of those issues you have raised. If you can spare some time for testing and additional feedback, please get in touch with support.

mattmetten ,

Great app

I snagged this app to allow me to work on WordPress sites from my iPad while traveling / flying. Out the gate I ran into an issue as I think there was a WP update at the same time. Thomas was responsive and helped me through the issue as well as updated the app. Great responsiveness and I’m thrilled with the app!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for making the time to write a review. Glad it all worked out!

App Privacy

The developer, Solesignal Limited, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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