What are the best open-source PHP form builders for MySQL?

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    #1Form Tools

    Form Tools
    Form Tools is a powerful, flexible, free and open source PHP/MySQL script you install on your website for managing your forms and data.



    Ralph Riley
    Written on January 10, 2017
    "Finding an open source php form builders that outputs to mysql has been difficult. There's a lot of junk laying around, but Form Tools seems to be decent enough. It's free and runs smooth from what I've seen so far."
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    XAMPP is a free open source PHP development environment distributed by Apache. It is compatible with computers with Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X operating system. The package includes MariaDB, Perl, and PHP.


    Linux, Windows, Mac


    Susan Welch
    Written on June 27, 2018
    "It has all the tools that I need in our office's database! AND I'M USING LINUX!!!"
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    WampServer is self installing and self-configurated,  local server package for Windows that allows users to install and host web servers that work under Apache, PHP, and MySQL.



    Randy Watson
    Written on June 27, 2018
    "I chose this over XAMPP because i was just primarily using a windows machine. And for me I have what I needed. Also i like to add that they have a great website. Cool!"


MySQL is an open-source relational database management system created by Michael Widenius, David Axmark, and Allan Larsson. It was named after the daughter of Widenius and the abbreviation of Structured Query Language, domain-specific communication tool used in programming and managing data. 


Did you know that despite the uptrend of NoSQL databases, the free and open-source MySQL is considered the king of databases? According to Matt Asay of InfoWorld Tech Watch, the arrival of NoSQL in the database market should have kicked MySQL and similar relational database management systems out the door, but a 2017 study by DB Engines showed MySQL ranked second as the most searched for and the most used RDBMS, second only to Oracle, which bought MySQL in 2010. Asay said MySQL does not have the same horizontal scale capabilities of NoSQL or the specialized features that attract enterprises to NoSQL, but MySQL is still preferred over other RDBMS like Apache Cassandra or MongoDB because it is easy to use for the majority of professional database handlers, it is considered as a swiss knife for developers and programmers, and is compatible with software like PHPrunner and VFront. It survived two decades of going toe-to-toe with big companies like IBM, Oracle, DB2, and Microsoft, because it is a free, familiar and powerful RDBMS. 

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    With PHPRunner you get a complete web application with a set of web pages that all tie together. All of the pages are professionally designed yet highly customizable and offer a wide range of functionality.


    $499- Free trial available

    Lori Roberts
    Written on May 19, 2017
    "PHPrunner is one of the best programs. You can download it for any system you have and the installation is easy to use and understand. You can get details on what you need to do next and you can begin picking your designs. "
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    MAMP is a free open source web development environment offered by appsolute GmbH. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac PCs and is capable of checking the Default Storage Engine of MySQL and connect to MySQL from PHP.


    Windows, Mac


    Dennis Alvarez
    Written on June 27, 2018
    "At first I was not downloading this because I thought that it was just for Mac. But i was surprise when they also had the window version available. Now im downloading it."
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    VFront is a free, open source front-end for MySQL or PostgreSQL databases written in PHP and Javascript.

    Windows, Mac


    Brian Warren
    Written on January 9, 2017
    "This solved the problem I was working on originally -- finding an open source form builder -- and went way beyond that. I've been practicing with SQL for a few months, and I'd gotten pretty good at it, but I couldn't find a good way to incorporate it into any non-website projects because the interface was so difficult to use. I'm still learning how to get a database to interact with other programs, but at least now I can build standalone databases and make them easy to use, so my practice projects might actually end up DOING something."
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    #7Smart Form Maker

    Smart Form Maker
    Smart Form Maker is a very easy to use tool for building  PHP AJAX forms from scratch to manage the records of any MYSQL database with a few mouse clicks.


    $48- Free trial available

    Yu Gu
    Written on May 6, 2017
    "It's been a number of years since I had to do anything with MySQL and it was very tough going back then. This looks to be a helpful program that would make it much easier for me to work with this in the future. It looks to have a steep learning curve as it has a lot of functions, but once I learn how to use all of the various areas of the program, it would make it a lot easier for me to get what I needed. It is intimidating, but ultimately would be helpful."
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    #8PHP Generator for MySQL

    PHP Generator for MySQL
    PHP Generator for MySQL lets you quickly build a website based on your database without any programming.


    $149- Varies by plan

    George Schneider
    Written on May 20, 2017
    "It makes me a website based on my database, and I don't have to do any programming. I think it works great. I was able to have my colleague access the database through the website it made, and it didn't require him any knowledge about databases or programming. It saved us a lot of time, and we're very happy with it."


Best What are the best open-source PHP form builders for MySQL
1Form ToolsSoftware 11 Free
2XAMPPSoftware 10 Free
3WampServerSoftware 8 Free
4PHPrunnerSoftware 7 Paid
5MAMPSoftware 7 Free
6VFrontSoftware 6 Free
7Smart Form MakerSoftware 3 Paid
8PHP Generator for MySQLSoftware 1 Paid

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