PhpStorm 2022.2 Help

Debugger. Data Views

Use this page to manage the way data is displayed in the debugger.

Common debugger settings

Sort values alphabetically

Select this option to sort the values in the Variables pane of the Debug tool window.

Enable auto expressions in Variables view

Select this option if you want the PhpStorm debugger to automatically evaluate expressions and show the corresponding values in the Variables pane of the Debug tool window.

The debugger analyzes the statement at the breakpoint and its nearest surrounding statements to find various expressions in the source code, such as myvar.myfield.

If they don't contain explicit method invocations, the debugger evaluates them and shows the corresponding values in the Variables view.


Show values inline

Select this option to enable the Inline Values View feature that allows viewing the values of variables right next to their usage in the editor.

Show value tooltip

Select this option to display values of variables and expressions in an editor tooltip on mouse hover.

A tooltip in this context is a popup that provides an alternative, sometimes a more convenient presentation of values in the Variables pane of the Debug tool window.

If this option is disabled, you can press Alt to display a value.

Value tooltips delay (ms)

Specify the delay (in milliseconds) between the moment when the mouse pointer hovers over an object in the Variables pane of the Debug tool window, and the moment when a tooltip with the object's value is displayed.

Show value tooltip on code selection

Select this option to enable tooltips that show the expression value when you select a code fragment in the editor.

You can extend or shrink the selection with Ctrl+W / Ctrl+Shift+W thus changing the evaluated expression:

PhpStorm: Evaluating selected expression in an editor tooltip


Show the following properties for an object node

Select this checkbox if you want PhpStorm to show certain object node properties and configure a list of the properties to display.

For each object node in the Variables pane, PhpStorm will display a label with the values of the listed properties.

Use the the Add button and the Remove button buttons to manage the list of properties.

Last modified: 21 July 2022