Manage PHP and Valet from the macOS Status Bar

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April 1st, 2021

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PHP Monitor is a lightweight macOS menubar app for managing PHP and Valet services. It helps you manage multiple PHP instances, switch between PHP versions, locate config files, and gives you helpful information about your setup:

PHP Monitor menubar

As you can see in the screenshot, it surfaces other useful PHP information from the php.ini file like memory limit, max post size, and max upload size. If you need to restart all brew services to change PHP versions and restart Valet, this app can help with an easily-accessible GUI.

You can install this app using macOS Homebrew:

1brew tap nicoverbruggen/homebrew-cask
2brew install --cask phpmon

You can learn more about this app, get full installation instructions, and view the source code on GitHub. PHP Monitor is written in Swift and is an excellent example if you've never looked into developing macOS apps utilizing the menu bar. If you find PHP Monitor useful, consider starring the project and donating.

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Paul Redmond

Full stack web developer. Author of Lumen Programming Guide and Docker for PHP Developers.