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Xdebug Update: June 2022

In this monthly update I explain what happened with Xdebug development in this past month. These are normally published on the first Tuesday on or after the 5th of each month.

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

You can become a patron or support me through GitHub Sponsors. I am currently 46% towards my $2,500 per month goal. If you are leading a team or company, then it is also possible to support Xdebug through a subscription.

In June, I spend 25 hours on Xdebug, with 25 hours funded.


Some of the time this month I spend with fixed a few old bugs, and some new ones with the new return value debugging that I spoke about last month.

This feature allows you to step into the "return value from function" phase, where PHP returns a value to the caller function. In this step, there will only be one variable available, which is the return value of that function.

This is now supported with version 1.27 of the PHP Debug Adapter for Visual Studio Code, if you'd like to try it out.

In this GIF you can see how this is useful with fluent interfaces:

PHP Version Support

The other half of my time I spend with adding support for PHP 8.2 for Xdebug 3.2, and dropping support for PHP 7.3 from this same branch. With that, I've also updated the version compatibility matrix.

I have also started on removing PHP 7.4 support for Xdebug 3.2 as well, so that it will only support PHP 8.0 and later. Users of older PHP versions will still be able to use Xdebug 3.1.


I have spend no more time writing actual content for the course, but I have been collecting subjects to cover. If you have any suggestions of topics that the course should cover, please get in touch.

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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.

Xdebug Videos

I have published no new videos this month, but you can find all previous videos on my YouTube channel.

Business Supporter Scheme and Funding

In June, no new business supporters signed up.

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, a profile on GitHub sponsors, as well as an OpenCollective organisation.


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