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This document explains you how to install Zend Debugger to your Web server and prepare it for work with PhpStorm.

  1. Download the Zend Debugger package which corresponds to your operating system from
  2. Locate the (Linux, Mac OS X) or ZendDebugger.dll (Windows) file in the directory which corresponds to your version of PHP (e.g. 4.4.x, 5.0.x, 5.1.x, 5.2.x, 5.3.x).
  3. Copy the file to your Web server in a location that is accessible by the Web server.
  4. Add the following lines at the end of your php.ini file:

    [Zend Debugger]

    Note: The value of the zend_debugger.allow_hosts parameter is the IPs of your machine to connect to the server debugger. It could be a comma-separated list of IPs in the format X.X.X.X (e.g.
    Note: For a thread-safe Windows binary use the zend_extension_ts parameter instead of zend_extension.
  5. Restart your Web server.
  6. Check your installation:
    1. Create a file with the following content:


    2. Open a page corresponds to this file and check phpinfo() output. It should contain Zend Debugger section:

You can find more detailed instruction in the official installation guide.

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