If you had to live with only 5 dev tools, what would they be?

peterwitham profile image Peter Witham ・1 min read

So let's just say that tomorrow you were told you could only have 5 developer tools on your machine(s) to get your 'real work' done, what would they be?

For me, I'm thinking

  1. SublimeText
  2. Xcode
  3. Paw
  4. Tower
  5. iTerm2

And no cheating and saying something like Docket, SetApp or JetBrains Toolkit :)


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  1. PHPStorm (which may be cheating since it includes a REST API testing tool, (S)FTP client, SQL Client and more)
  2. Vagrant
  3. Homestead
  4. WinSCP
  5. Postman

I'm a fan of Docker in production and CI/CD, but for local development I'm sticking with Vagrant/Homestead on Hyper-V which works flawlessly.

I'm also trying to switch from Postman to PHPStorm's http client which looks very powerful, but I'm not quite used to it yet.


I think PHPStorm is valid, I was very tempted to add WebStorm as I use that a lot for my Gatsby stuff I have been playing around with.


I'd be hugely interested to hear about how you get on with PHPStorm's HTTP client!

  1. PHPStorm
  2. iTerm
  3. TablePlus - A fantastic database tool. Has support for a large array of different databases, including NoSQL!
  4. Postman
  5. Spotify - Not exactly a developer tool I know, but without my favourite playlists I wouldn't be able to get any work done!

(And Docker, I love it but you told us not to include it!)


I see you sneaking Docker in there :)

TablePlus is a new one to me, thanks for sharing.

  1. vim
  2. git
  3. make
  4. aws-cli
  5. docker
  1. PHPStorm
  2. Git
  3. Npm
  4. Browser dev tools
  5. Redmine/jira

I used Redmine for a while before we switched to Jira, I liked it's clean approach to things.


Yeah, Redmine is little bit outdated, but it's superfast. It loads in 1s while it takes 10s to open Jira in a browser.

  1. Sublime Text
  2. Postman
  3. FileZilla
  4. Git
  5. Putty/Terminal

I probably would add Putty if I was on Windows as well.


putty is a great tool, but now that ssh is available in the windows CLI or PowerShell, I find that I rarely use it anymore.

When the new windows Terminal ships I think I might uninstall it completely.

I am so glad to see that Windows has embraced the *nix sub-system, I probably use that more than anything else eventually on my Win box.

  1. vim
  2. git
  3. tmux
  4. docker
  5. ansible
  1. Git
  2. VSCode
  3. npm
  4. Chrome Dev Tools
  5. Insomnia

Assuming I don't have to list 'non-dev tools' like a browser..

  1. vim
  2. gcc/gdb
  3. termshark
  4. git
  5. make

..look Mum, no GUIs :)


No GUI’s...love it! Now if we just got rewarded for all the keystrokes


As a super-junior, mostly php-, dev I'll try to answer:

  • VS Code
  • Git
  • Git Extensions (I did say I'm a noob 😁)
  • FileZilla
  • Trello

It was a close call for me between VS Code and SublimeText.

  1. VS Code
  2. Guake
  3. Git
  4. Meld
  5. Vagrant

You might be right about Meld, I overlooked that tool. I use it on Windows and *Nix, a nice and fast diff tool.

  1. Android Studio
  2. Github
  3. VS code
  4. intellij
  5. Docker


  1. Chrome or FireFox (dev tools)
  2. git
  3. iTerm2 or any terminal
  4. node, including npm
  5. Webstorm