Validate the configuration of a debugging engine
IntelliJ IDEA can validate your configuration of Xdebug or Zend Debugger and tell you if some setting is missing or inconsistent with other settings. When configuring the PHP interpreter for a project, IntelliJ IDEA informs you whether a debugger is installed in your local PHP development environment and reports on the Xdebug or Zend Debugger version used. For details, see Configure a debugging engine, Configuring Local PHP Interpreters, and Configuring Remote PHP Interpreters.
You can also get more detailed information about the debugging engine on a local or remote web server with the dialog.
Install the PHP plugin
This functionality relies on the PHP plugin, which you need to install and enable.
Press Ctrl+Alt+S to open the IDE settings and select.
Open the Marketplace tab, find the PHP plugin, and click Install (restart the IDE if prompted).
From the main menu, select.
In the dialog that opens, choose the debugger validation method and specify the required parameters for it.
Output phpinfo(). Choose to automatically verify the debugger installation in the PHP interpreter.
In this field, copy and paste the output from the
php -iCLI command or the rendered or source HTML output from
Local Web Server or Shared Folder. Choose to check the debugger associated with a local web server. IntelliJ IDEA creates a validation script, deploys it to the target environment, and runs it there.
Path to create validation script
In this field, specify the absolute path to the folder under the server document root where the validation script will be created. For web servers of the Inplace type, the folder is under the project root.
The folder must be accessible through http.
URL to validation script
In this field, type the URL address of the folder where the validation script will be created. If the project root is mapped to a folder accessible through http, you can specify the project root or any other folder under it.
Remote Web Server. Choose to check the debugger associated with a remote server. IntelliJ IDEA creates a validation script, deploys it to the target remote environment, and runs it there.
Path to create validation script
In this field, specify the absolute path to the folder under the server document root where the validation script will be created. The folder must be accessible through http.
In this field, specify the server access configuration of the type Local Server or Remote Server to access the target environment. For details, see Configure synchronization with a server.
Choose a configuration from the list or click Browse in the Deployment dialog.
Debug Validation Script. Choose to manually execute the PhpStorm Xdebug validation script on a running server and check the debugger configuration associated with it.
Copy the CLI command to clipboard () and execute it on the server to download and unpack the script there.
URL to validation script
In this field, type the URL address of the folder where the validation script is deployed to. If the project root is mapped to a folder accessible through http, you can specify the project root or any other folder under it.
To view Xdebug configuration parameters, open the phpstorm_index.php file from the downloaded script package in the browser.
Click Validate. IntelliJ IDEA displays the list of the debugger configuration checks with their status and description and suggests fixes for inconsistent settings where available.
Troubleshoot validation results
There has been a problem connecting to your web server. Make sure that the URL (and port) are correct; these are provided to your web server either in the URL to validation script option or within your deployment.
Please check that web path to validation script is correctly configured for
The Path to create validation script within the local project does not map to the URL to validation script or Deployment URL option. If you are using a framework or the PHP built-in web server, this is likely due to the framework sending a
404 response instead of sending the actual file in that directory.
A quick way to test this is to create a test.php file in the directory you have set as the Path to create validation script, and then check that file is callable from the URL to validation script or deployment url with
For example, if the Path to create validation script is set to /var/www/public, create a test.php file with the following contents in that folder:
If your URL to validation script or Deployment URL is http://192.168.100.100:8080, then you should be able to call that script by visiting http://192.168.100.100:8080/test.php and see the
"test works" output. If you are seeing a
404 generated by your framework, then your URL rewriting is wrongly configured, and you should consult your framework's documentation to ensure that the URL rewriting configuration will return real files if they exist before sending any other requests to your framework dispatcher.
If you're seeing a
404 and you are using PHP built-in web server, it's likely because you cannot configure this web server to serve files on the file system if they exist. You'll need to add the following code to the file you are sending all requests to (typically index.php) in order to send file system files if they exist:
Remote host is configured as 'localhost' despite server host is probably not local
The URL to validation script contains something different from
localhost, but the
xdebug.remote_host value is not set, and is therefore using the default value of
localhost, or is set to
Specified URL is not reachable, caused by: 'Request failed with status code 404'
The issue can happen in situations when the server document root is different from the project root, and deployment path mappings are not configured correspondingly.
Consider the following example:
The project is stored in the /MyProject folder.
The server document root is set to its public subfolder, that is /MyProject/public.
The URL to access the application is http://MyApp.test.
If the entire project root folder is mapped to the server document root, IntelliJ IDEA will attempt to access the validation script via the http://MyApp.test/public/_intellij_phpdebug_validator.php URL, which will result in a 404 error. To solve this, you need to set the explicit mapping between the public subfolder and the server document root.
In the Settings dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), go to .
Select your deployment server, and on the Mappings tab, click the Add New Mapping button.
Add an additional entry that maps the /MyProject/public folder to the server document root /.
As a result, the URL to access the validation script becomes the correct http://MyApp.test/_intellij_phpdebug_validator.php.