Download Web Development - Best Software & Apps

  • Java Runtime Environment

    8.161

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Run Java applications on your PC and web browser for free

    7
    3032 votes
    • PROS: Quick, easy installation, Integration with web browsers, Automatic updates, Free, Also available for Mac
    • CONS: Control panel is a bit dull
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CC

    2017

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    The industry standard for web design

    7
    2261 votes
    • PROS: Packed with powerful tools , Excellent multimedia integration, Support for many coding languages, Improved CSS inspection, Integration with WordPress, Joomla! etc, Writes good clean code
    • CONS: Lengthy installation process , Takes a while for beginners to get to grips with, Requires Creative Suite subscription
  • MySQL

    5.6.36

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Take Your Database Open Source with MySQL

    6
    790 votes
    • PROS: Free open source databases., Massively flexible and multi-platform., Used by some of the largest sites out there.
    • CONS: Heavily dependent on add-ons
  • UltraSurf

    18.05

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Browse the web anonymously

    7
    1985 votes
    • PROS: No installation required, Easy to use, Automatically deletes cookies and history, Disguises IP and location
    • CONS: Not enough options, You can't choose the IP
  • WAMPServer

    d (64 bit) 2.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A GPL License Free Windows Web Development Environment

    7
    577 votes
    • PROS: You have a massive amount of control via the WAMPServer software functionalities, Tune your server without touching your setting files, A playground for app developers
    • CONS: Non-app developers will have no idea what this is or what it does, There are no technical manuals to explain the installation in detail, They do not explain why it is free and/or why they do not ask for payment at any point
  • Brackets

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Free Text Editor for Web Designers

    10
    1 vote
    • PROS: Easy to customise, Very easy to use
    • CONS: Needs to be installed, Third party plug ins are not supported
  • FireBug

    1.9.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Web debugging made easy in Firefox

    7
    178 votes
    • PROS: Debugs instantly , FireBug icon tells you when code is broken, Much easier than scanning through your JavaScript console
    • CONS: Only supports a limited amount of languages, Only works with Firefox
  • Firefox 64-bit

    Nightly a1 14.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Firefox: Free Web Browser for 64-bit Operating Systems

    7
    416 votes
    • PROS: Private browsing protects against tracking, Optional add-ons to customise browser, Separate address/search bars improves browser security.
    • CONS: Some issues with browser freezing
  • Adobe Air

    15.0.0.293

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    Mac

    A Powerful Run Time Environment For Users and Developers.

    7
    37 votes
    • PROS: Provides Flash compatibility, Multi-platform
    • CONS: New app development can be difficult, Some speed issues
  • Adobe Fireworks

    CS6

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Accelerate web design and development

    7
    1041 votes
    • PROS: Create any graphic for the web, from buttons to complete layouts, Works with other Adobe applications, Includes many new templates
    • CONS: Like all Adobe apps, requires time and effort to learn
  • Arduino IDE

    1.8.5.

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free cloud-based Arduino web editor

    9
    23 votes
    • PROS: This is open-source software and no subscription fees will be necessary., Enhanced and intuitive tools provide users with access to advanced coding applications.
    • CONS: Arduino IDE is meant for those with coding experience., There is no telephone number dedicated to live customer support.
  • Google Chromium OS

    (32516) 4.0.253.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Web-based operating system developed by Google

    7
    713 votes
    • PROS: Completely different from other OS, No learning curve: it's all a web browser, Takes seconds to boot, Perfect OS for netbooks
    • CONS: Only available as source code at the moment, Very early stage of development
  • Apache Tomcat

    7.0.82

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A full version app for Windows, by The Apache Software Foundation

    7
    1 vote
    • Xenu's Link Sleuth

      1.3.8

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Excellent, free broken link checker

      7
      280 votes
      • PROS: Checks links automatically, Analysis can be customized, Generates HTML report
      • CONS: Takes a long time
    • SQL Server

      2000

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A great database server for old computers

      6
      123 votes
      • PROS: Can support a lot of users, Provides protection
      • CONS: Resource-heavy for old computers, Difficult installation
    • Pixie

      3.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Match colours easily with Pixie

      7
      102 votes
      • PROS: Simple minimal user interface, Small download and fast performance
      • CONS: Function is useful in limited circumstances, Dated visual presentation
    • PHP

      7.0.9

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      One Of The Web's Premier Programming Languages. Multi-Platform.

      7
      305 votes
      • PROS: Incredible compatibility, Lots of support
      • CONS: Speed issues, Learning curve
    • Microsoft WebMatrix

      2.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Pack for Web development with SQL and ASP.NET

      7
      74 votes
      • IETester

        0.4.7

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Boost your IE Access with IETester

        6
        318 votes
        • PROS: Use various IE versions at once., Works on older Windows even XP., Free to use personal and professional.
        • CONS: Still a lot of bugs.
      • Apache HTTP Server

        2.2.21

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows
        Mac

        One of the most popular web servers around

        6
        256 votes
        • PROS: Works across platforms, Completely free to use
        • CONS: Requires some server configuration knowledge
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