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What is Dephpugger?

Dephpugger (read depugger) is an open source library that allows a developer to debug in php direct in terminal, without necessary configure an IDE. The dephpugger run in Php Built in Server using another command. You can use for:

Web applications

Lumen in example

dephpugger web Image 1.0 - Screenrecord for debug web

Cli Scripts

dephpugger Image 1.1 - Screenrecord for debug cli scripts

Another example



To install you must run this code (using the composer).

$ composer require tacnoman/dephpugger

Install globally

In Linux or Mac Os X

Run this command:

$ composer global require tacnoman/dephpugger

And add in your ~/.bash_profile.

export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/.composer/vendor/bin

Now, run source ~/.bash_profile and you can run the commands using only $ dephpugger. Is possible to use the composer command to run the dephpugger. You can use:

$ composer exec dephpugger <command>

This last command will run in local or global installation.

In Windows

Sorry for this :/ I don't have Windos SO to run the Dephpugger, but I'm waiting your Pull Request to solve this ;D

But you can use Docker

Using phar file

$ wget -O dephpugger
$ chmod +x ./dephpugger
$ mv ./dephpugger /usr/local/bin/dephpugger

Or installing via curl

$ curl | bash

Install XDebug

To install XDebug in Linux you must run:

$ sudo apt-get install php-7.2-cli php-dev php-pear
$ sudo pecl install xdebug

Find the last line, similar to: You should add "zend_extension=/usr/lib/php/20170718/" to php.ini and copy to your php.ini file. To get the php.ini file, you can run:

$ php --info | grep php.ini

Configuration File (php.ini) Path => /etc/php/7.2/cli
Loaded Configuration File => /etc/php/7.2/cli/php.ini

Copy the zend_extension=/usr/lib/php/20170718/ to last line in /etc/php/7.2/cli/php.ini.


$ docker run --rm -p 8888:8888 tacnoman/dephpugger:latest server


  • PHP 7.0 or more (not tested in older versions)
  • Xdebug activate
  • A Plugin for your browser (If you want to debug a web application)

Plugins for

You can run this commands to check your dependencies:

$ vendor/bin/dephpugger requirements
$ vendor/bin/dephpugger info # To get all values setted in xDebug

# Or in global

$ dephpugger requirements
$ dephpugger info


To usage you must (after installation) run two binaries in vendor/bin folder.

$ php vendor/bin/dephpugger debugger # Debugger waiting debug
$ php vendor/bin/dephpugger server   # Server running in port 8888

# Or in global

$ dephpugger debugger
$ dephpugger server

You must run in two different tabs (in next version you'll can run in an uniq tab). After run theese commands, you need to put the follow line in your code:

# ...
xdebug_break(); # This code is a breakpoint like ipdb in Python and Byebug in Ruby
# ....

Now, you can open in your browser the page (localhost:8888/[yourPage.php]). When you request this page your terminal will start in breakpoint (like the image 1.0).

To debugger a php script, you could run:

$ php vendor/bin/dephpugger cli myJob.php

# Or in global

$ dephpugger cli myJob.php

Comands after run

When you stop in a breakpoint you can make theese commands:

Command Alias Explanation
next n To run a step over in code
step s To run a step into in code
set <cmd>:<value> Change verboseMode or lineOffset in runtime
continue c To continue script until found another breakpoint or finish the code
list l Show next lines in script
list-previous lp Show previous lines in script
help h Show help instructions
$variable Get a value from a variable
$variable = 33 Set a variable
my_function() Call a function
dbgp(<command>) To run a command in dbgp
quit q Exit the debugger

Configuration (is simple)

The Dephpugger project has default options like a port, host, socket port, etc. You can change this values adding a file .dephpugger.yml in root directory project. You can create in your .dephpugger.yml file the configurations. Like this:

  host: # default:
  port: 9002 # default: 9005
  lineOffset: 10 # default: 6
  verboseMode: false # default: false
  historyFile: ~/.dephpugger_history # default: .dephpugger_history
  host: # default:
  port: 8080 # default: 8888
  path: ./public/ # default: null
  file: index.php # default: null

These values will replace the default configuration.

Full documentation

To see the full documentation click here.

How to use with phpunit, behat, codeception and others

The documentation to use, click here.

Run tests

$ composer test
$ composer lint


Send me an email or open an issue:

Renato Cassino - Tacnoman - <>

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