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Netbeans - Adding Support for Laravel

When I first found out about Laravel, I was super excited about this new (at the time) framework, especially because there were all these lovely video tutorials (Laracasts) to learn from. However, I was quickly disappointed due to lack of auto completion and hinting in Netbeans. I just gave up thinking that the framework was for those willing to pay out for PhpStorm.

Luckily, there is a way around this, and you can get auto-complete/hinting in Netbeans as shown in the image below (where I am editing the web routes file).

The Solution

The solution is to download a "helper file" inside your Laravel project, which will provide the information Netbeans needs. Run the following command from inside your project in order to download this helper file.


If this tutorial becomes out of date, and that file no longer works, I grabbed it from the Laravel 5 IDE Helper Generator Github repository, which will probably have info on what to do.

Installing Laravel

Just a reminder; if you are setting up a laravel project, you can create it with the following command:

composer create-project laravel/laravel my-project-name-goes-here --prefer-dist

Netbeans users, don't forget to run this step to enable auto[complete etc.

Adding To .gitignore

If you are a git user, you may wish to add it to your .gitignore, but then again maybe others could benefit from having it.

echo "_ide_helper.php" >> .gitignore