Handle PHP errors, dump variables, execute PHP code remotely in Google Chrome

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PHP Console server library

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PHP Console allows you to handle PHP errors & exceptions, dump variables, execute PHP code remotely and many other things using Google Chrome extension PHP Console and PhpConsole server library.



For projects with PHP < 5.3 you can try to use old deprecated version of PHP Console. But mention that actual last version is much more functional.



	"require": {
		"php-console/php-console": "^3.1"


$ composer require php-console/php-console

Monolog handler


Symfony framework bundle


Yii framework extension


Slim framework

https://github.com/amenadiel/SlimPHPConsole (thanks to @amenadiel)

Silex framework service provider

https://github.com/barbushin/php-console-silex (thanks to @Chi-teck)

Laravel 4.* & 5.* framework service provider


Drupal CMS module

https://drupal.org/project/pc (thanks to @Chi-teck)

WordPress plugin

https://github.com/unfulvio/wp-php-console (thanks to @nekojira)


You can try most of PHP Console features on live demo server.


There is a PhpConsole\Connector class that initializes connection between PHP server and Google Chrome extension. Connection is initialized when PhpConsole\Connector instance is initialized:

$connector = PhpConsole\Connector::getInstance();

Also it will be initialized when you call PhpConsole\Handler::getInstance() or PhpConsole\Helper::register().

Communication protocol

PHP Console uses headers to communicate with client, so PhpConsole\Connector::getInstance() or PhpConsole\Handler::getInstance() must be called before any output. If headers are sent before script shut down or PHP Console response package size is out of web-server headers size limit, then PHP Console will store response data in PhpConsole\Storage implementation and send it to client in STDOUT, in additional HTTP request. So there is no limit in PHP Console response package size.

Troubleshooting with $_SESSION handler overridden in some frameworks

By default PHP Console uses PhpConsole\Storage\Session for postponed responses, so all temporary data will be stored in $_SESSION. But there is some problem with frameworks like Symfony and Laravel that overrides PHP session handler. In this case you should use any other PhpConsole\Storage implementation like:

// Can be called only before PhpConsole\Connector::getInstance() and PhpConsole\Handler::getInstance()
PhpConsole\Connector::setPostponeStorage(new PhpConsole\Storage\File('/tmp/pc.data'));

See all available PhpConsole\Storage implementations in /src/PhpConsole/Storage.

Strip sources base path

If you want to see errors sources and traces paths more short, call:


So paths like /path/to/project/module/file.php will be displayed on client as /module/file.php.

Works with different server encodings

If your internal server encoding is not UTF-8, so you need to call:


Initialization performance

PhpConsole server library is optimized for lazy initialization only for clients that have Google Chrome extension PHP Console installed. There is example of correct initialization PhpConsole on your production server.

Protect connection

Protect by password


$connector->setPassword('yohoho123', true);

Clients will need to enter a password to get access to PHP Console server data. All passwords are stored on client as SHA-256 hashes. Second argument says that the PHP Console authorization token will depend on the client IP.

SSL only connection mode


So all PHP Console clients will be automatically redirected to HTTPS.

Protect connection by list of allowed IP masks

$connector->setAllowedIpMasks(array('192.168.*.*', '2001:0:5ef5:79fb:*:*:*:*'));

Handle errors


There is a PhpConsole\Handler class that initializes PHP errors & exceptions handlers and provides the next features:

  • Handle PHP errors (+fatal & memory limit errors) and exceptions.
  • Ignore repeated errors.
  • Call previously defined errors and exceptions handlers.
  • Handle caught exceptions using $handler->handleException($exception).
  • Debug vars using $handler->debug($var, 'some.tags').

Initialize PhpConsole\Handler in the top of your main project script:

$handler = PhpConsole\Handler::getInstance();
/* You can override default Handler behavior:
	$handler->setHandleErrors(false);  // disable errors handling
	$handler->setHandleExceptions(false); // disable exceptions handling
	$handler->setCallOldHandlers(false); // disable passing errors & exceptions to prviously defined handlers
$handler->start(); // initialize handlers

Debug vars


PHP Console has multifunctional and smart vars dumper that allows to

  • Dump any type variable.
  • Dump protected and private objects properties.
  • Limit dump by level, items count, item size and total size(see $connector->getDumper()).
  • Dump objects class name.
  • Smart dump of callbacks and Closure.
  • Detect dump call source & trace(call $connector->getDebugDispatcher()->detectTraceAndSource = true).

How to call

Longest native debug method call:

PhpConsole\Connector::getInstance()->getDebugDispatcher()->dispatchDebug($var, 'some.tags');

Shorter call debug from Handler:

PhpConsole\Handler::getInstance()->debug($var, 'some.tags');

Shortest call debug using global PC class

PhpConsole\Helper::register(); // it will register global PC class
// ...
PC::debug($var, 'tag');

Custom call debug by user defined function

function d($var, $tags = null) {
	PhpConsole\Connector::getInstance()->getDebugDispatcher()->dispatchDebug($var, $tags, 1);
d($var, 'some.tags');


  • Debug tags argument is optional.
  • Tags is a string with tags separated by dot(e.g. "low.db").
  • Tags can be used to identify what exactly var was dumped.
  • You can configure client to ignore displaying some tags.

Remote PHP code execution


PHP Console provide a way to execute PHP code on your server remotely, from Google Chrome extension terminal.

  • Remote PHP code execution allowed only in password protected mode
  • Every eval request is signed with unique SHA-256 token
  • Result contains: output, return and time data
  • Errors & exception occurred during PHP code execution will be handled


$connector = PhpConsole\Connector::getInstance();

// Configure eval provider
$evalProvider = $connector->getEvalDispatcher()->getEvalProvider();
$evalProvider->addSharedVar('post', $_POST); // so "return $post" code will return $_POST
$evalProvider->setOpenBaseDirs(array(__DIR__)); // see http://php.net/open-basedir

$connector->startEvalRequestsListener(); // must be called in the end of all configurations

PSR-3 logger implementation

There is PHP Console implementation of PSR-3 interface. to integrate PHP Console with PSR-3 compitable loggers(e.g. Monolog). See PhpConsole\PsrLogger.

Jump to file

Read this article if you want to configure PHP Console extension to open errors/exceptions source file:line right in your IDE, just by click on the button in Notification popup.

Easy migrate from PhpConsole v1.x to v3.x

If you have used PhpConsole v1.x and want to migrate to v3.x without any code changes, so just use PhpConsole\OldVersionAdapter:

PhpConsole\OldVersionAdapter::register(); // register PhpConsole v1.x class emulator

// Call old PhpConsole v1 methods as is
PhpConsole::start(true, true, $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT']);
PhpConsole::debug('Debug using old method PhpConsole::debug()', 'some,tags');
debug('Debug using old function debug()', 'some,tags');
echo $undefinedVar;
PhpConsole::getInstance()->handleException(new Exception('test'));

// Call new PhpConsole methods, if you want :)
PC::debug('Debug using new methods');

But, anyway, if you can't migrate to new version of PHP Console because of using PHP < 5.3 on your servers, then you can use old deprecated version of PHP Console.


  • 1. Not Connecting from our server

    We have php console installed via composer on a standalone domain on our server (no wordpress or similar application). Basically we have an app that is making calls to a php file, and in that php file we want to initialize the php console. However, we can't get it to send the request to authenticate and establish a connection. Right now we're testing our app in chrome from desktop (the app is currently web languages) Here's our initialization code.

    require DIR . '/vendor/autoload.php';
    $connector = PhpConsole\Connector::getInstance(); PhpConsole\Helper::register(); $connector->setPassword('123456', false); $connector->getDebugDispatcher()->dispatchDebug('ok'); PC::debug("our stuff");

    What are we doing wrong?

    Reviewed by TheEmberLeader at 2015-07-22 20:52
  • 2. undefined variable in background.js

    Hey barbushin, I'm using your plugin in tandem with nekojira's wp one if that's important. When I reload a page on a develop site to get errors, I never see the password button to login, and I get an error when I inspect the extension in chrome. It says:

    extensions::uncaught_exception_handler:8 Error in response to tabs.get: TypeError: Cannot read property 'isSslOnlyMode' of undefined at D.a.q (chrome-extension://nfhmhhlpfleoednkpnnnkolmclajemef/background.js:25:173) at Object.callback (chrome-extension://nfhmhhlpfleoednkpnnnkolmclajemef/background.js:17:320) at x (chrome-extension://nfhmhhlpfleoednkpnnnkolmclajemef/background.js:17:232) at chrome-extension://nfhmhhlpfleoednkpnnnkolmclajemef/background.js:17:407 at XMLHttpRequest.l.onreadystatechange (chrome-extension://nfhmhhlpfleoednkpnnnkolmclajemef/background.js:19:105)

    Anyway, I'm not sure if this is related to nekojira or yourself. But any help would be appreciated.

    Reviewed by TheEmberLeader at 2015-07-01 22:25
  • 3. PHPConsole stopped working / no icon

    PHPConsole was working for me fine for a long time but today the icon will not show and no debug logs are displaying in the console. This is effecting all developers on this product across multiple branches so while it is possible it is environmental it is not likely caused by a code change. I've tested personally on Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04.2 and others have reported on OSX as well.

    PHPConsole response headers look like this, but I'm not sure what successful ones are supposed to look like for comparison. PHP-Console:{"protocol":5,"auth":{"publicKey":"HEX STRING REMOVED","isSuccess":false},"docRoot":null,"sourcesBasePath":null,"getBackData":null,"isLocal":null,"isSslOnlyMode":false,"isEvalEnabled":null,"messages":[]} PHP-Console-Postpone:{"protocol":5,"isPostponed":true,"id":"169481652010446978121381394038"}

    Reviewed by nhorvath at 2015-07-02 20:04
  • 4. Apache24 + php7.0.3

    Hi there, got problem with remote code execution

    Server version: Apache/2.4.18 (FreeBSD) + PHP 7.0.3

    when i run

    return 2+2

    or other code that works up to php 5.6 for example: return ['SESSION' =>$_SESSION, 'GET'=>$_GET, 'POST' => $_POST, 'SERVER' => $_SERVER];

    and push ctrl+enter

    got error:

    E_WARNING Invalid argument supplied for foreach() - phar:///v/ftp/php70/lib/phpConsole.phar/EvalProvider.php:115

    when I run PC::debug directly form *.php file console works fine

    Second problem, when i do parse error now i have on console:

    E_ERROR  Uncaught TypeError: Argument 1 passed to PhpConsole\Handler::handleException() must be an instance of Exception, instance of ParseError given in phar:///v/ftp/php70/lib/phpConsole.phar/Handler.php:213
    Stack trace:
    #0 [internal function]: PhpConsole\Handler->handleException(Object(ParseError))
    #1 {main}
      thrown - phar:///v/ftp/php70/lib/phpConsole.phar/Handler.php:213

    my initialization for phpconsole looks like:

    require_once 'phar://' . __DIR__ . '/lib/phpConsole.phar';
    $connector = PhpConsole\Helper::register();
    if($connector->isActiveClient()) {
        $connector->getDebugDispatcher()->detectTraceAndSource = true;
        $evalProvider = $connector->getEvalDispatcher()->getEvalProvider();
        $evalProvider->addSharedVar('post', $_POST);
        $evalProvider->addSharedVar('get', $_GET);
        $evalProvider->addSharedVar('session', $_SESSION);
        $evalProvider->addSharedVar('server', $_SERVER);
        $handler = PhpConsole\Handler::getInstance();
    Reviewed by alfiqmiq at 2016-02-19 01:45
  • 5. "Cannot send session cache limiter - headers already sent" when using PhpConsole in WordPress

    Hi Sergey,

    I had some people reporting an error with my WordPress implementation of PhpConsole I'm trying to solve: https://github.com/nekojira/wp-php-console/issues/11 Cannot send session cache limiter - headers already sent

    the error is triggered by PhpConsole/Storage/Session.php but it's related to a WordPress core file (https://github.com/nekojira/wp-php-console/issues/11#issuecomment-119005216)

    It's a bit difficult for me to replicate the error as it doesn't happen in every installation but only when some other plugins are installed, without a reference in the stack trace.

    Do you think there's something I can change in my PhpConsole implementation to avoid this kind of error?

    thank you!

    Reviewed by unfulvio at 2015-07-09 09:15
  • 6. Can't execute PHP code from Console: "Wrong PHP Console eval request signature"

    I'm using the following instructions to connect the PHP Console client from Chrome to my PHP application.

        $handler = PhpConsole\Handler::getInstance();
        if ( PhpConsole\Handler::getInstance()->isStarted() != true )
        $connector = PhpConsole\Connector::getInstance();
        $connector->setAllowedIpMasks( array( '192.168.*.*' ) );
        $connector->setPassword( 'mypassword' );
        $connector->setSourcesBasePath( '/srv/www/my-path/' );
        $evalProvider = $connector->getEvalDispatcher()->getEvalProvider();
        $evalProvider->addSharedVarReference( 'post', $_POST );

    However, when I try to execute anything from the PHP Console (e.g. $test = 'foo'; var_dump($test);), it will return an error from Chrome javascript console in dev tools:

        Wrong PHP Console eval request signature - '/my-path/php-console/php-console/src/PhpConsole/Connector.php:301'

    I checked the corresponding line, but couldn't figure out what I'm doing wrong. Does not seem a bug. I was unable to find the issue referenced elsewhere.

    Reviewed by unfulvio at 2014-11-01 05:44
  • 7. No extension icon in address bar & no data in console. OS X

    Testing on http://php-console.com/instance/examples/features/debug_vars.php Extension is installed and working (notification popups about are error are randomly popping out). Debug headers are visible in the browser. However, extension icon does not appear in the address bar and the output does not appear in the console. Looks like headers could not reach the extension.

    Tried on Chromium 33.0.1704.0 and Chrome 33.0.1750.117. Running on OS X 10.9.1. Any experimental flags should be set in about:flags?

    Reviewed by rainder at 2014-02-26 17:51
  • 8. Problem with CodeIgniter redirect() method

    I am using with Codeigniter 3 (successfully used with CI before). No $_POST data is being processed, when I exclude the php-console files, it is working again, any tips?

    Reviewed by wrabit at 2015-07-10 10:31
  • 9. (feature request) Parse XMLHttpResponses?

    It would be awesome if php-console could recognize and parse XMLHttpResponses (similar to that of FirePHP).

    Or did I missing something, and it already does this?

    Reviewed by guice at 2014-05-28 21:20
  • 10. PHP OOM errors when PHPConsole enabled

    This is kind of complicated to replicate, and I even took a while to nail down for sure that PHPConsole was causing it it but I will try to explain as best I can.

    Initially, PHPConsole will work fine, however after some use (maybe 30 mins of developing, so lots of page refreshes and page loads) the server will start returning 500 errors but most pages will actually load fine. The PHPConsole icon will disappear from the address bar. It must be that the errors occur during the flush handler for PHPConsole. PHP error log shows OOM errors but the strange thing is that the memory limit is set MUCH higher then the number in the error. Once the 500 errors start occurring they continue until cookies are cleared. Then they will go away for a similar period of time as the initial period and then reoccur.

    Disabling PHPConsole eliminates this issue.

    I've tried increasing the memory limit in php all the way up to absurd numbers but it doesn't help, the reported max in the OOM error message remains the same. PHP is reading the configs I set because ini_get('memory_limit') reflects the values I set it to.

    Reviewed by nhorvath at 2013-12-27 16:24
  • 11. Illegal character encoding specified

    E_WARNING  mb_convert_encoding(): Illegal character encoding specified - /vendor/php-console/php-console/src/PhpConsole/Connector.php:362 

    My initialisation logic:

    if (PHP_CONSOLE) {
        $phpConsoleConnector = \PhpConsole\Connector::getInstance();
        if ($phpConsoleConnector->isActiveClient()) {
            $handler = PhpConsole\Handler::getInstance();
            $handler->start(); // initialize handlers
    Reviewed by alexborisov at 2013-11-12 13:23
  • 12. Error: Required parameter $args follows optional parameter $key

    Required parameter $args follows optional parameter $key


    Reviewed by mimmi20 at 2022-01-22 14:47
  • 13. Remove unncessary final, fixes PHP 8 compatibility

    Using this library on PHP 8 leads to this warning:

    PHP Warning: Private methods cannot be final as they are never overridden by other classes in vendor/php-console/php-console/src/PhpConsole/Connector.php on line 101

    This PR fixes that in a less intrusive way than #171

    closes #171

    Reviewed by Seldaek at 2020-12-09 13:17
  • 14. Warning: Private methods cannot be final as they are never overridden by other classes on php8-beta4

    Warning: Private methods cannot be final as they are never overridden by other classes in /var/www/epmms/vendor/php-console/php-console/src/PhpConsole/Connector.php on line 101

    Reviewed by haohetao at 2020-09-24 18:47
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