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Debugging library for PHP

Xdebug is a debugging library for PHP implemented as a Zend extension. It provides stack traces, function traces, advanced variable display functions, test coverage checks, and performance-testing functions in one package. Functions can be inserted directly into PHP source code or xdebug can be controlled from Eclipse's PHP Development tools or from the Netbeans IDE. Various debugging output formats are supported, including HTML output. Both command-line and web applications can be debugged.


There is a tutorial at Joomla's Xdebug tutorial that explains how to set up Xdebug with Eclipse. Documentation (including an API reference) is available from the Xdebug website too, but it did not appear to be freely redistributable, which is why I included the above link.

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Extension or Plugin

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It's essentially the PHP license version 3. The major difference is the removal of the "Foo for PHP" vs. "PHPFoo" section.

Leaders and contributors

Derick Rethans Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
DevelopersBug Trackinghttp://bugs.xdebug.org/my_view_page.php
UsersMailing Listhttp://xdebug.org/archives/xdebug-general/
Debian (Ref)https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/xdebug

Software prerequisites

Required to usePHP

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 28 February 2018.


"Developers" is not in the list (General, Help, Bug Tracking, Support, Developer) of allowed values for the "Resource audience" property.

"Users" is not in the list (General, Help, Bug Tracking, Support, Developer) of allowed values for the "Resource audience" property.

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