Setting up PHP completion in Vim

Dec 3, 2013

Yesterday I setup PHP completion in Vim by adding the following to my .vimrc:

autocmd FileType php setlocal omnifunc=phpcomplete#CompletePHP

set completeopt=longest,menuone

Bundle 'ervandew/supertab'
let g:SuperTabDefaultCompletionType = "<c-x><c-o>"

Bundle 'shawncplus/phpcomplete.vim'

Here's a quick breakdown of what each line does:

First we setup omnicomplete for PHP, which will let us trigger the completion menu with Ctrl+x,Ctrl+o.

Then we improve the way the way completion is handled. longest makes Vim only autocomplete up to the "longest" string that all the completions have in common and menuone makes the menu spawn even if there is only one result.

Next, triggering completion with Ctrl+x,Ctrl+o is rather cumbersome, so I also installed SuperTab via Vundle which triggers all the completion commands (including Ultisnips) via tab, while still letting it be used for indenting.

Finally, I was able to have the completion menu include the function's signatures (argument and return types) by installing the phpcomplete.vim plugin.

The result:

screenshot of php completion in vim