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Xdebug Update: October 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.

I am currently looking for more funding, especially now some companies have dropped out.

You can become a patron or support me through GitHub Sponsors. I am currently 66% towards my $1,000 per month goal.

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In October, I worked on Xdebug for about 75 hours, with funding being around 45 hours. I worked mostly on the following things:

Xdebug 3

Xdebug had its first beta release in October, 3.0.0beta1 so that uses can test out the new speed improvements, new functionality, new ways of configuring things, as well as support for PHP 8.

Some bugs were found, and I'm continuing to work together with JetBrains to make sure all the new configuration methods are also supported with/through PhpStorm.

There are also several anecdotal reports that Xdebug 3 is indeed a lot faster in many environments. I have asked the community for benchmarks, but I have not seen any write ups beyond a tweet, and an article.


Although PHP 8 is now in the Release Candidate phase, some changes are still happening which requires remediation in Xdebug. I expect that to continue until 8.0.0 is released, which means that Xdebug 3.0.0 can also not be released until that happens, likely on November 26th. Xdebug 3.0.0 will however follow quickly after that.

Xdebug Cloud

I have been working on the web site for Xdebug Cloud, and have been testing the integration with PhpStorm. It all seems to work well, although I'm only the one user.

Once I've found somebody to design the site for me, I will open up Xdebug Cloud through a private alpha.

If you want to be kept up to date with Xdebug Cloud, please sign up to the mailinglist I'll let you know as soon as something can be tried-out.

Business Supporter Scheme and Funding

In October, no new supporters signed up, but a few existing supports renewed.

Thank you Dennis Lassiter!

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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