Setting up XDebug for PHP in Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex

I love Ubuntu and today reminded me exactly why. It’s just so easy to do stuff in it!

I run a LAMP development server off my laptop, and today some of the PHP I was writing was throwing up some errors. Unfortunately I hadn’t installed XDebug which makes life so much easier when debugging PHP.

Oh no, I though. I’ll have to download it, install it, update the PHP.ini file. Argh.

But wait…no! I have Ubuntu, all it took was 2 easy steps:

Step 1, install Xdebug

sudo apt-get install php5-xdebug

Step 2, restart Apache

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Done! Easy peasy.

Thanks Ubuntu :)