I have php code written in test.inc file but dreamweaver is showing no color highlighting.

Is there any way to make them same color code as .php extension

5 Answers 5


You'll have to add the .inc extension to MMDocumentTypes.xml. You haven't indicated what version of Dreamweaver you're using, or your operating system, so I'll have to guess Windows is your OS from your other questions.

On Windows 7 and Vista, the file is located at:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Dreamweaver CS4\configuration\DocumentTypes\MMDocumentTypes.xml

and on XP:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Dreamweaver CS4\configuration\DocumentTypes\MMDocumentTypes.xml

After opening the file, search for PHP. You'll come across this block:

<documenttype id="PHP_MySQL" servermodel="PHP MySQL"
internaltype="Dynamic" winfileextension="php,php3,php4,php5"
macfileextension="php,php3,php4,php5" file="Default.php"

Now add the .inc extension into the winfileextension (and macfileextension to be safe):

<documenttype id="PHP_MySQL" servermodel="PHP MySQL"
internaltype="Dynamic" winfileextension="php,php3,php4,php5,inc"
macfileextension="php,php3,php4,php5,inc" file="Default.php"

save this file, exit, and restart Dreamweaver.

  • +1 this also worked for me for CS5 and ctp files.
    – JD Isaacks
    Nov 17, 2010 at 16:22

As of CS5.5 on Windows 7 the file exists twice. Once in the location mentioned by John T, but also in:

c:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Dreamweaver CS5.5\en_US\Configuration\DocumentTypes\

If you dont change this file, the color coding won't work.


Since this is a problem across a wide array of applications, the easiest solution I found was just to rename the files in question to this format: filename.inc.php

And then for security purposes to prevent direct access, I usually add this in my htaccess files:

# To prevent direct access to included files
<Files ~ "\.(inc\.php)$">
  Order allow,deny
  Deny from all
  • if you want to prevent direct access, why not just put the files outside your www root and include from there?
    – eis
    Nov 1, 2012 at 9:19
  • If you have a webapp or distributable webapp, it simply isn't practical. In any case, other methods to prevent direct access use PHP code instead of htaccess rules.
    – Force Flow
    Nov 1, 2012 at 16:17

In CS5, you can't have duplicates of your entry in the XML (if the extension is already assigned to another file type, so check/remove any duplicate you don't want otherwise there will be an errors when starting Dreamweaver. In addition, you also can't save a backup XML in the folder using the same name (like "MMDocumentTypes_BU.xml"). Dreamweaver will try and read both files, you will get errors having duplication extensions entered.


You have to put ',inc' in the Adobe Dreamweaver CS4\configuration\Extensions.txt file as well for CS4. Once in the top line and once in the coldfusion line. (after cfc)

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