• 1.1
  • Date Added
    (to site)

    March 14th, 2008
  • Author

    Aptana, Inc.
  • License

    GNU General Public License (GPL) (?)
  • Description

    Aptana Studio’s community edition is the free, open source Web development environment optimized for use with Ajax libraries and scripting languages like JavaScript, Ruby and PHP. Aptana Studio is considered by many devleopers the best-in-class authoring environment for today’s more rich and interactive Web pages and Ajax applications.

    The free version includes the core pieces of Aptana Studio’s editing, debugging, synchronization, and project management capabilities, including pieces for scripting, customizing and extending Aptana Studio.

    There is also support for Adobe AIR, Apple iPhone, PHP, and Ruby on Rails development, which comes via additional development plugins – also free.

  • Platforms Supported

  • Website

Aptana Studio (Community Edition)

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Installation ★★★★☆
Features ★★★★☆
Usability ★★★½☆

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  • 1 negative

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Matthew Callier
Mar 24th, 2008, 7:32 pm | #


I downloaded and installed both Aptana Studio (dual licensed GPL/Aptana Public License) and Aptana Jaxer (GPL), their custom server which includes an Apache 2.2 webserver, the Jaxer Framework, SQLite3 support, MySQL support, is open-source and standards compliant, and extensive Ajax support.

Both Studio and Jaxer were easy to get installed and configured on both Windows XP and Linux (CentOS 5 is the platform I tested), even if using an external MySQL server.

Setting up simple web applications that store data via the internal SQLite3 API couldn’t be easier. Creating applications that require custom connections to an external database is only slightly more work.

Aptana Studio itself is a very feature rich IDE, with excellent support for a wide range of development tasks or styles.

Studio comes with an included Jaxer server for script previewing in any browser. The Jaxer server is based on the Mozilla engine, and Studio has a built in Firefox console, for easier troubleshooting.

Studio offers good support for ftp and synchronizing files between the development environment and your server. The synchronization tool allows you to match a local directory to an ftp connection, and then updating in either direction, or both, is simple.

Studio has nice support for plugins, with free plugins available for PHP, Ruby on Rails, and iPhone development.

The code completion is great, a notch above what I commonly see in IDEs.

Studio also bundles a large number of popular Ajax and Javascript libraries for easy inclusion in projects.

More of the features can be found here:

The Aptana website includes a number of tutorials, screencasts, a documentation wiki, and a forum.

My overall impression, with each new feature I discover, is that this is a soundly realized application. Everything works well. In my opinion, the real strength is seen when combining Studio and Jaxer.


Installation ★★★★★
Features ★★★★★
Usability ★★★★★
Mar 27th, 2008, 4:34 pm | #


Nice review @Matthew Callier, your review make me to press on download button and try the program. I don’t know what to say to others, this program is prefect, it’s open source, and its free, I still can’t believe in it.


Installation ★★★★★
Features ★★★★★
Usability ★★★★★
Patrick Bregman
Feb 19th, 2009, 3:57 pm | #



I used Dreamweaver 6 for quite some time (yeah, I know, it’s old). I was looking for something that was working just as well. Especially the FTP connection to the server and a good HTML preview where things I was looking for.

Well, this software blew my expectations away. It supports FTP, FTPS and SFTP to connect to the server. Downloading your site through SFTP is easy when you know where to look. The big advantage is that every remote connection is set up in the same place and the same way.

I did not get a chance to check the HTML preview since I have to install a MySQL server first. I’m not quite sure how to use Jaxer, so I am going for MySQL 5.1. This works fine (after a little bit of trouble with importing the database, but that’s my fault, not Aptana’s).

Only little problem I found is that if I use PHP and switch from one tab to another. If I do this, I keep seeing the source from the first tab. The fix for this is to first go to the preview mode by using the tab Firefox or IE. Then the problem is fixed. Probably because my PHP plugin installed kinda failed.

Great software! Really a free replacement for Dreamweaver 6 in my eyes.


Installation ★☆☆☆☆
Features ★☆☆☆☆
Usability ★☆☆☆☆
Apr 26th, 2009, 8:58 am | #


Definitively not the great option if your looking for a free license software.

Under GNU license it’s ok but under Aptana Public License we have a problem developing comercial sites.

Similar to Apatana I found Komodo, and that problem was solved. They only have the GNU license.

Anyone, correct me if i’m wrong.


Installation ★★★★★
Features ★★★★★
Usability ★★★☆☆
Oct 13th, 2010, 7:59 pm | #


I enjoy this application more that Dreamweaver CS3, It truly is a wonderful editor for any developer.


Installation ★★★★★
Features ★★★★★
Usability ★★★★☆

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