This post is about setting up XMAPP on a mac with xdebug.
The first thing we are going to do is to change the document root inside xampp to the ‘Sites’ folder. Changing the DocumentRoot has a few benefits – one being that its far easier to get to in the finder and your editor!
Changing the DocumentRoot in XAMPP
- Install xampp from apachefriends.org
- open /Applications/XAMPP/xampfiles/etc/ in finder; right click > get info
make sure its read / write by everyone
- open /Applications/XAMPP/xampfiles/etc/httpd.conf
- scroll down to ‘DocumentRoot’
- type in the location of your ‘sites’ folder [ /Users/username/Sites ]
- scroll down to the <Directory> config
- replace /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/htdocs with /Users/username/Sites
- restart apache
- goto http://localhost to see what you have =)
setting up xDebug
This will allow you to have proper debugging for your php apps. In the long run this will save you hours of time.
- open /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/etc/php.ini
- scroll to the very end
- make sure the xDebug lines are not commented out, add them if they arent there
[Zend] zend_extension = /full/path/to/xdebug.so xdebug.remote_enable = 1 xdebug.remote_port = 9000 xdebug.remote_host = localhost
- restart apache
Now you have a decent setup you should configure SVN or git to handle your version tracking. Personally I use git and have developed a workflow that I am comfortable with – this takes time and the only real way to know what works and what doesn’t is to try lots of options and stick with the ones that work for you.
A few hints: http://localhost/phpmyadmin will take you to a local phpmyadmin install where you can create databases, etc. You should configure a password on your mysql to keep it safe though =)
You can also install mysqlworkbench this will make changing your database and adding / manipulating data much easier.
You will now be able to use any debugger that works with xdebug – eclipse has built in debugging, so does netbeans. macGDBp is good too =)