Debug & Trace PHP Applications – debugConsole

debugConsole is a tool for easily debugging and tracing PHP5 applications both on production and development servers without effecting the live-traffic.

Normally, PHP functions enable us to inspect variables, watch changes in them, set checkpoints and write logfiles.


Additionally, debugConsole replaces the PHP error handling so that notices, warnings and errors are shown in a popup too, rather than displaying them in the application to be debugged.

Optionally, IP-based access restrictions can be set to make sure that the popup opens for only developers but not for visitors.

The tool can be configured to debug a given timespan and checkpoints can be added in your scripts to check which lines of code were passed.

Also, you can filter events and record the logs into files for future inspection.

  1. Reply barat September 22, 2010 at 2:04 AM

    Well … maybe Nice but Combo Firebug+FirePHP+Kohana module is my choice ;>

  2. Reply Hazem Mohamed September 22, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Thanks for the tip. NetBeans offers a great support for CakePHP debugging but the advantage here is replacement of error handler. FirePHP is a great tool for debugging too.

    Here is an article about how to enable debug for CakePHP in NetBeans

  3. Reply Hastimal Shah September 22, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    Nice tool but for me firebug firephp is good 🙂

  4. Reply Hervé September 23, 2010 at 1:48 AM

    I find PHP_Debug better :

  5. Reply Web Technology News September 23, 2010 at 5:02 AM

    Checking it out now.

    As a CakePHP developer I’ve been using the debug_kit plugin quite a lot. Worth checking out if you’re a baker!

  6. Reply Okeowo Aderemi September 23, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    i use Aptana Studio with the Zend Debugger but i guess i will give this a go

  7. Reply Okeowo Aderemi September 23, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    currently i have the opportunity of learning CakePHP and Zend though started both and weirdly am kinda finding Zend Easier, so am thinking which is better for me?

  8. Reply Thai September 23, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    What’s a good one to use for WordPress development? I tried a bit of firePHP but I couldn’t find documents to optimize that setup.

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