Installing Xdebug with Laravel Herd

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Herd does not ship with Xdebug out of the box, but you can manually install and compile the Xdebug PHP extension via Homebrew and pecl.

Here are the instructions:

First Install php via Homebrew:

brew install php

Next, pecl install Xdebug

pecl install xdebug

This creates an xdebug.so extension file that you can now activate and use with Laravel Herd.

On an M1/M2 Mac, the extension can be fount at /opt/homebrew/lib/php/pecl. On an Intel Mac, it will be at /usr/local/lib/php/pecl.

Finally, activate Xdebug

You may activate Xdebug by editing your php.ini file. This file is located at ~/Library/Application Support/Herd/config/php/<version>/php.ini..

# Absolute path to the xdebug.so file
zend_extension=/opt/homebrew/lib/php/pecl/20220829/xdebug.so
 
# Enable Xdebug
xdebug.mode=debug

Please read the official instructions for more information, and thanks to BeyondCode for this great app.

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