The DebugBundle of Symfony 2.6 backported for 2.3+

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Language: PHP

v1.4.2 2015-04-08 13:21 UTC


This bundle provides a better dump() function, that you can use instead of var_dump(), better meaning:

  • per object and resource types specialized view: e.g. filter out Doctrine internals while dumping a single proxy entity, or get more insight on opened files with stream_get_meta_data();
  • ability to dump internal references, either soft ones (objects or resources) or hard ones (=& on arrays or objects properties). Repeated occurrences of the same object/array/resource won't appear again and again anymore. Moreover, you'll be able to inspect the reference structure of your data.
  • ability to operate in the context of an output buffering handler.
  • full exposure of the internal mechanisms used for walking through an arbitrary PHP data structure.

Calling dump($myVvar) works in all PHP code and {% dump myVar %} or {{ dump(myVar) }} in Twig templates.


The recommended way to use this package is through composer. Just create a composer.json file and run the php composer.phar install command to install it:

    "require": {
        "tchwork/debug-bundle": "~1.4"

Then, enable the bundle in your app/AppKernel.php, preferably only for the dev and test environments:

public function registerBundles()
    $bundles = array(
        // ...
        new \Symfony\Bundle\DebugBundle\DebugBundle(),