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Configuring Zend Debugger

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Downloading and installing Zend Debugger

  1. Download the Zend Debugger package which corresponds to your operating system.
  2. Locate the ZendDebugger.so (Unix) or ZendDebugger.dll (Windows) file in the directory which corresponds to your version of PHP (e.g. 4.3.x, 4.4.x, 5.0.x, 5.1.x, 5.2.x, 5.3.x, 5.4.x).
  3. Copy the file to your Web server in a location that is accessible by the Web server.

Enabling Zend Debugger integration with the PHP engine

  1. Open the active php.ini file in the editor:
    1. Open the Settings / Preferences Dialog by choosing File | Settings for Windows and Linux or IntelliJ IDEA | Preferences for OS X, and click PHP under Languages&Frameworks.
    2. On the PHP page that opens, click browseButton.png next to the Interpreter field.
    3. In the Interpreters dialog box that opens, the Configuration File read-only field shows the path to the active php.ini file. Click Open in Editor.
  2. Locate or create the [Zend] section.
  3. To load the Zend Debugger extension, add one of the following lines inside the [Zend] section depending on your operating system:
    • Linux and OS X:
      zend_extension=<full_path_to_ZendDebugger.so>
    • Windows:
      zend_extension_ts=<full_path_to_ZendDebugger.dll>
    • Windows non-thread safe:
      zend_extension=<full_path_to_ZendDebugger.dll>
  4. To enable access to Zend Debugger from PhpStorm, add the following lines:
    zend_extension=<full_path_to_zend_debugger_extension> zend_debugger.allow_hosts=127.0.0.1 zend_debugger.expose_remotely=allowed_host zend_debugger.tunnel_min_port=<any integer value above 1024> zend_debugger.tunnel_max_port=<any integer value below 65535>

    The value of the zend_debugger.allow_hosts parameter is the IPs of your machine to connect to the server debugger. It could be a comma-separated list of IPs in the format X.X.X.X (for example, 192.168.0.6).

  5. Restart your Web server.
  6. To check that the Zend Debugger has been installed and configured correctly, create a file with the following contents:
    <?php phpinfo(); ?>
    Open the page that corresponds to the file in the browser. The output should contain a Zend Debugger section.

Integrating Zend Debugger with IntelliJ IDEA

  1. Open the Settings / Preferences Dialog by choosing File | Settings for Windows and Linux or IntelliJ IDEA | Preferences for OS X, and click PHP under Languages&Frameworks.
  2. Check the Zend Debugger installation associated with the selected PHP interpreter:
    1. On the PHP page, choose the relevant PHP installation from the Interpreter drop-down list and click the Browse button browseButton next to the field. The list shows all the PHP installations available in IntelliJ IDEA, see Enabling PHP Support.
    2. The Interpreters dialog box that opens shows the following:
      • The version of the selected PHP installation.
      • The name and version of the debugging engine associated with the selected PHP installation (Xdebug or Zend Debugger). If no debugger is configured, IntelliJ IDEA shows Debugger: Not installed.

    Learn more about checking the Zend Debugger installation in Validating the Configuration of a Debugging Engine.

  3. Define the Zend Debugger behaviour. Click Debug under the PHP node. On the Debug page that opens, specify the following settings in the Zend Debugger area:
    • In the Debug Port text box, appoint the port for IntelliJ IDEA to communicate with the tool through. Type the port number within the tunnel specified in the php.ini file through zend_debugger.tunnel_min_port and zend_debugger.tunnel_max_port. For details, see http://files.zend.com/help/previous-version/Zend-Server-4-Community-Edition/zenddebugger.html
    • To have IntelliJ IDEA accept any incoming connections from Zend Debugger engines through the port specified in the Debug port text box, select the Can accept external connections check box.
    • To use a debugger toolbar in the browser, specify the port through which the debugger settings are passed to the browser in the Settings broadcasting port text box.
  4. In the External Connections area, specify how you want IntelliJ IDEA to treat connections received from hosts and through ports that are not registered as server configurations.
    • Ignore external connections through unregistered server configurations: Select this check box to have IntelliJ IDEA ignore connections received from hosts and through ports that are not registered as server configurations. When this check box is selected, IntelliJ IDEA does not attempt to create a server configuration automatically.
    • Detect path mappings from deployment configurations:
      • When this check box is selected, IntelliJ IDEA attempts to retrieve path mappings for debugging in a remote environment from the server access configuration (deployment configuration).
      • When the check box is cleared, you have to specify the path mappings manually.
      See Validating the Configuration of a Debugging Engine, Web Server Debug Validation Dialog, and Configuring Remote PHP Interpreters for details.
    • Break at first line in PHP scripts: Select this check box to have the debugger stop as soon as connection between it and IntelliJ IDEA is established (instead of running automatically until the first breakpoint is reached). Alternatively turn on the Run | Break at first line in PHP scripts option on the main menu.
    • Max. simultaneous connections: Use this spin box to limit the number of external connections that can be processed simultaneously.
  5. To block requests from the Z-Ray system if they annoy you by invoking the IntelliJ IDEA debugger too often, select the Ignore Z-Ray system requests check box.

Configuring Zend Debugger for Using in the On-Demand Mode

Starting with version 2016.2, IntelliJ IDEA supports the On-Demand mode where you can disable Zend Debugger for your global PHP installation, and have it enabled automatically on demand only when you are debugging your command-line scripts or when you need code coverage reports. This lets your command line scripts (including Composer and unit tests) run much faster.

  1. Disable Zend Debugger for command-line scripts:
    1. Open the Settings / Preferences Dialog by choosing File | Settings for Windows and Linux or IntelliJ IDEA | Preferences for OS X, and click PHP under Languages&Frameworks.
    2. From the PHP executable drop-down list, choose the relevant PHP interpreter and click browseButton next to it. In the Interpreters dialog box that opens, click the Open in Editor link next to the Configuration file: <path to php.ini> file. Close all the dialog boxes and switch to the tab where the php.ini file is opened.
    3. In the php.ini file, find the [Zend] section and comment the following lines in it by adding ; in preposition: Linux and OS X:
      zend_extension=<full_path_to_ZendDebugger.so>
      Windows:
      zend_extension_ts=<full_path_to_ZendDebugger.dll>
      Windows non-thread safe:
      zend_extension=<full_path_to_ZendDebugger.dll>
    4. Open the Interpreters dialog box and click refresh next to the PHP executable field. IntelliJ IDEA informs you that debugger is not installed:
      ps_interpreters_debugger_not_installed.png
  2. To enable IntelliJ IDEA to activate Zend Debugger when it is necessary, specify the path to it in the Debugger extension text box, in the Additional area. Type the path manually or click browseButton and select the location in the dialog box that opens.

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Last modified: 20 July 2016