Phpstorm Xdebug Php

Posted : admin On 1/2/2022

August 11, 2016Yann Jacquot6 min read

In this tutorial, we will look into how to set up PhpStorm to use Xdebug in a dockerized PHP project. For a non-trivial PHP project example, we choose the development of a WordPress theme. Prerequisites PhpStorm is a popular PHP IDE with many useful features including Docker and Xdebug support. In this tutorial, we are. PhpStorm is a popular code IDE for PHP and Drupal development. This video tutorial shows you how to set up PhpStorm with Xdebug.

Warning: this article concerns php5 version. If your PHP version is different, replace php5 by php/X.Y in paths (X.Y is your PHP version) and phpX.Y in command. For example :

  • sudo apt-get install php5-xdebug becomes sudo apt-get install php5.6-xdebug
  • /etc/php5/mods-available/xdebug.ini becomes /etc/php/5.6/mods-available/xdebug.ini

I love debuggers. They allow me to understand deep down in my code why something doesn't work, and are even more useful when I work on legacy projects.
When I work on the client side, the browser already provides me all the tools I need to dig deeper than some console.log() scattered semi-randomly in the source code.
However, I struggled to configure my workspace when I worked on a PHP Symfony2 project hosted in a Vagrant virtual machine.

Step1: Install Xdebug on your Vagrant virtual machine

That may seem obvious, but you need to have Xdebug installed on your virtual machine to benefit from its services.

Then, configure it:

with the following lines:

Finally, if you use php5-fpm, you need to restart it:

If you use Ansible to provision your virtual machine, you can also use a ready-to-action Xdebug role.

Step2: Configure PhpStorm

First, select the 'Edit configurations' item in the 'Run' menu.

Then, add a new 'PHP Remote Debug' configuration.

We will use the IDE key configured in your Vagrant and in your browser.
To fully configure this debugger configuration, you will need to create what PhpStorm calls a server.

  • Fill the correct hostname
  • Check 'Use path mappings' checkbox, and write the project's absolute path
    on your Vagrant virtual machine

Step3: Configure Xdebug

Use Xdebug to debug your web application on Chrome

Now that Vagrant with Xdebug is up and running, let's configure Xdebug Chrome extension.

First, we need to install it from Chrome Web Store

Make sure that the extension is enabled on your browser's extensions list page.

Now, you should see on the right side of the address bar the extension's symbol.

Phpstorm Xdebug Php

Right-click on it, then click on the 'Options' sub-menu.

Phpstorm Xdebug Php

You have to use the IDE key previously set.

Xdebug plugin also exists for other browsers.

Finally, in your browser click on the bug in your address bar to switch to the 'Debug' mode


Use Xdebug to debug your APIs route with Postman

Once your Xdebug configuration is added, you need to add ?XDEBUG_SESSION_START=_<XDEBUG_KEYNAME>_ at the end of your route. And that's all!

Use Xdebug to debug commands or unit tests

To use Xdebug for debugging commands or unit tests, first, you need to add xdebug.remote_autostart=true in XDebug configuration file of your Vagrant xdebug.ini.

Then, you need to specify the xdebug.remote_host (IP address of your local from your Vagrant) when launching the command from the virtual machine’s terminal.

  • First, get the host IP address by using ifconfig from your local terminal (the host) :
  • Then, launch your command

For instance, if you want to debug your unit tests in a Symfony project, you can run:

Step4: Enjoy!

Now, in PhpStorm you:

  • Add your breakpoints by clicking to the left of the lines
  • Click on the bug icon on the upper-right corner

You should now be able to break on the exact line you selected in your IDE.

Phpstorm Xdebug Php.ini

Bonus: Performance

You need to know that enabling Xdebug slows down your app (x2), the fastest way to disable it is to run the following command: php5dismod xdebug

Use php5enmod xdebug to enable it back. Each time you'll also need to restart php-fpm or apache.

Troubleshooting: I did the tutorial but Xdebug doesn’t work

It’s probably because a symbolic link is missing in your php conf.

  • First type in your virtual machine php -i grep xdebug

If you have no response, it means Xdebug is not set correctly

  • Then check if Xdebug is mentioned when running php -v from your Vagrant.
  • If not, add a symbolic link to specify that the Xdebug module should be enabled, for instance (you may need sudo):
  • You should obtain by running php -v

I hope you've made your way through the process and that it will improve your efficiency as much as it does for me. If you have other ways to configure your debugger, feel free to share them in the comments section below.


after 2 days and lots of cofee i get it working! Almost…

first i used before phpedit but it was dead since some years so i finally jump to komodo after read lot comparaison beetween phpstorm, visual studio, komodo…

and i like it, easy to use for first time good with CodeIgniter the framework i use actively

my environnement:
VMWare 15
->Windows 10 x64
–>Komodo 12.0.1
–>WAMP 3.2.5
—>Apache 2.4.46
---->PHP 7.3.27
----->XDEBUG 3.0.4 from (PHP 7.3 VC15 TS (64 bit))

Phpstorm Xdebug Php

so in komodo doc its writed: use version from komodo first problem it’s for PHP 7.2 the last one.

Phpstorm Xdebug Php-fpm

so i use official and this in php.ini:

if i call webpage with ?XDEBUG_SESSION_START=komodo
and in code i put xdebug_break(); in php file
komodo stop on xdebug_break(); but ignore break point red in komodo

so if someone have idea for make break point running it will be great very very great since put xdebug_break(); in my code cant be the solution to use every day

Phpstorm Xdebug Hangs

thanks for read.