Brackets editor with git and phpcs for wordpress development

Setting up brackets editor with git and phpcs with wordpress coding standard etc

Brackets editor ( is an editor that I’ve wanted to try out for a while now, but for it to be viable for me to use, I had to configure a few things:

git in brackets editor

I installed Brackets-git
(file > extensions manager > search for git ) from
I set the command to show the git console to be CMD-;
(file > git settings > shortcuts)
So that it mirrors the Ctrl+# that I use in eclipse on linux on my work pc.

brackets editor with git and phpcs

phpcs in brackets editor with wordpress coding standards

I installed brackets-lintyai
(file > extensions manager > search for lintyai ) from

This required a bit of configuring to get brackets editor with git and phpcs to work on mac osx:
Open the config.js file (help > show extensions folder > users > lintyai > right click on config.js > open in brackets)
I followed instructions from here:

To get php lint (php -l) to work properly, I had to do a couple of things:

In the php section:

exports.php.cmd = '/usr/bin/php -l -d display_errors=22519';

Save the config.js

Next up is to install phpcs and the wordpress coding standard in brackets.
As phpcs isnt included in osx, I instaled it like this:

open terminal

     mkdir ~/bin
     cd ~/bin
     # install phpcs and link it to your path
     git clone phpcs
     git clone wpcs
     # tell phpcs about the wordpress coding standards
     cd phpcs
     scripts/phpcs --config-set installed_paths ../wpcs
     # add phpcs to your path
     sudo ln -s ~/bin/phpcs/scripts/phpcs /usr/local/bin/phpcs
     # we probably want to ignore the space indenting on the files
     vim ~/bin/ruleset.xml

Paste in the following:

        <?xml version="1.0"?>
<ruleset name="Custom">
    <description>Wordpress, but without linelength check.</description>
    <rule ref="WordPress">
        <exclude name="Generic.Files.LineLength"/>
        <exclude name="Generic.WhiteSpace.ScopeIndent"/>
        <exclude name="Generic.WhiteSpace.DisallowSpaceIndent"/>
        <exclude name="Generic.WhiteSpace.DisallowTabIndent"/>
        <exclude name="WordPress.WhiteSpace.ControlStructureSpacing.NoSpaceBeforeCloseParenthesis"/>
        <exclude name="WordPress.WhiteSpace.ControlStructureSpacing.NoSpaceAfterOpenParenthesis"/>
        <exclude name="WordPress.Arrays.ArrayDeclaration"/>
        <exclude name="WordPress.PHP.YodaConditions"/>
        <exclude name="WordPress.XSS.EscapeOutput"/>
        <exclude name="WordPress.Arrays.ArrayKeySpacingRestrictions"/>
        <exclude name="WordPress.WhiteSpace.CastStructureSpacing"/>
        <exclude name="PEAR.Functions.FunctionCallSignature.Indent"/>
        <exclude name="PEAR.Functions.FunctionCallSignature.SpaceBeforeCloseBracket"/>
        <exclude name="PEAR.Functions.FunctionCallSignature.SpaceAfterOpenBracket"/>

You can add your own excludes to the list, to suit.
Next, you can edit the config.js file and enable phpcs.
Find and uncomment the existing phpcs section, and add the following in place of the phpcs command:

exports.php.cmd = '/usr/local/bin/phpcs -s --standard=$(echo ~)/bin/ruleset.xml --extensions=php ';

Save the config.js and restart brackets
You should now see the following when you save a php file:


This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Povilas Kapočius

    Hello, can you tell me which plugin you use to check errors (red underlining) Thank you.

  2. Povilas Kapočius

    Hello, can you tell me which plugin you use to check errors (red underlining) Thank you.

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