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Incompatible return type

Reports the return statements whose return value type is not compatible with the one declared for a function/method.

Locating this inspection


Can be used to locate inspection in e.g. Qodana configuration files, where you can quickly enable or disable it, or adjust its settings.

Via Settings dialog

Path to the inspection settings via IntelliJ Platform IDE Settings dialog, when you need to adjust inspection settings directly from your IDE.

Settings or Preferences | Editor | Inspections | PHP | Type compatibility

Inspection options

Here you can find the description of settings available for the Incompatible return type inspection, and the reference of their default values.

Strict type checking

Not selected


By default bundled with

PhpStorm 2024.1, Qodana for PHP 2024.1,

Can be installed with plugin


Last modified: 18 June 2024