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Xdebug Update: December 2020

Another monthly update where I explain what happened with Xdebug development in this past month. These will be published on the first Tuesday after the 5th of each month.

Patreon and GitHub supporters will get it earlier, on the first of each month.

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In December, I worked on Xdebug for about 46 hours, with funding being around 30 hours. I worked mostly on the following things:


A few bugs were found in Xdebug 3.0.0, which should not come as a surprise, as with any big .0 release, users always find things that go wrong. December saw the 3.0.1 release, and the 3.0.2 released followed in the new year.

Xdebug 3.0.1 fixed several crashes and other bugs that are present in Xdebug 3.0.0. The crash when removing a breakpoint (or run-to-cursor) was the most notable fix in this release.

You'll have to wait for the January 2021 wrap up to find out about the 3.0.2 release, or you can have a look at the release announcement.

There are also new release of PhpStorm and the VS Code Plugin to address a few Xdebug related issues from their sides. On top of that, the GitHub repository of the VS Code Plugin has been moved to the Xdebug organisation. There is a back log of pull requests and issues that need looking at.


I have started making videos to introduce Xdebug 3 and how to use it. The first one on Xdebug 3's modes can be watched on YouTube.

I am currently working on a video to explain all the new features in Xdebug that help you find problems with running Xdebug itself.

Xdebug Cloud

I have been continuing to test Xdebug Cloud, and I am working with a few private alpha testers. They're putting the hosted Cloud service through its paces.

At the same time I am working with a designer to make the look pretty too.

If you want to be kept up to date with Xdebug Cloud, please sign up to the mailinglist, which I will use to send out an update not more than once a month.

Business Supporter Scheme and Funding

In December, no new supporters signed up, but I would like to thank Automattic, CHECK24, e3N, Edmonds Commerce, Find My Electric, Intracto, JetBrains, Private Packagist, Seravo, Strategery, Supermetrics, TYPO3 GmbH, and Tideways for their support during 2020.

If you, or your company, would also like to support Xdebug, head over to the support page!

Besides business support, I also maintain a Patreon page and a profile on GitHub sponsors.


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