PHP xDebug – xampp – php 7 – chrome  [ 206 views ]

Goal: not a question, how we can know what is under the hood

The PHP debugging is not a trivial case. Could be with the xDebug extension. Follow these steps:

A. Xdebug core environment

prepare the debugger
1. get the xDebug extension:
2. copy this file to the xampp ext directory (the default dir: C:\xampp\php\ext)

set the xampp
3. edit the php.ini file (the default path: C:\xampp\php\php.ini)
4. create an XDebug section in the ini file

zend_extension = "c:\xampp\php\ext\php_xdebug-2.4.0rc3-7.0-vc14.dll"
xdebug.profiler_append = 0
xdebug.profiler_enable = 0
xdebug.profiler_enable_trigger = 0
xdebug.profiler_output_dir = "c:\xampp\tmp"
xdebug.remote_enable = 1
xdebug.remote_handler = "dbgp"
xdebug.remote_host = ""
xdebug.remote_port = 9000
xdebug.trace_output_dir = "c:\xampp\tmp"
xdebug.remote_cookie_expire_time = 36000

5. restart the apache

notice: according to the internet you need to disable the output buffering output_buffering = Off
for me working with the following output_buffering=4096…
so if you want just disable the buffering. You will see.

After the apache restarted check the xampp dashboard, hopefully you will see the following

xDebug in the dashboard

B. Chrome Xdebug helper extension

To prepare the chrome you need the Xdebug helper extension

xDebug helper extension

After the install, start the debug. You have to see a green bug chrome xdebug

C. debugger application

You have million of options to interact with the xdebug core. The following is a simple just debugger (not editor) option
Frankly a little bit buggy but useful.

xdc - start listening

xdc - listening

D. eat the result

The Xdebug core is working, the chrome extension is on, the debugger application is listening… click on the link

If everything is fine you will see the browser will wait and the XDebugClient will start the debugging as you can see:

xdc - catch

You can use the F5, F10, F11 to control the debugger, but first step in to the process… click on the margin and add a breakpoint to the code like:

xdc - breakpoint

and step into the debugger – press F5

xdc - stepin

… you can debug the code now…

simple, useful, enjoy

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