If everything is correct, the Apache label will become green, and you will see the default ports – 80. If you have Skype or a torrent client running, the Apache server will not start. You need to exit the program that holds port 80, and the Apache server will start.
Part II: Connect the Debugger, Apache Server and MySQL DB to PhpStorm
This part will show you how to configure XAMPP with PhpStorm.
5.Go to the PhpStorm Home Page
If it’s the first time you start PhpStorm, it will be quite easy. You will start there. If you have started PhpStorm before, you need to either close your current project using File -> Close Project option or simply skip this step and go to File -> DefaultSettings. You should see this screen:
As you can see in the picture, you need to go to the settings menu.
6.Install the PHP Debugger
Once you are in the setting menu you need to go to Languages & Frameworkstab and select PHP. We need to change the PHPversion to PHP7.
After that we need to change the PHP Interpreter:
On the default interpreters page, we need to click the green plus.
After we do that, we will see this window:
We need to choose the PHP Executable now. In order to do that, we need to find our XAMPP folder and choose the ‘php’ directory.
If everything is alright, you should see this:
Let’s give PhpStorm a break. We need to download a debugger. We will download Xdebug from here: http://xdebug.org/files/php_xdebug-2.4.0-7.0-vc14.dll. Place the downloaded file to “C:\xampp\php\ext”.
Now we need to edit the php configuration. Open the php.ini file located in “C:\xampp\php\php.ini”.
Restart XAMPP and run the Apache and MySQL modules again.
If you’ve done everything correctly, you should see the following screen:
7.Create PHP Debugger Configuration
Now we need to create a configuration for our debugger. We need to do that for everyproject/php file. IMPORTANT: The project must be createdin the htdocs folder (located in the main XAMPP folder).
Choose a PHP Web Application on the drop down after you click the green plus.
Edit the Configuration Name and add new server.
Add new server with Host = localhost, on port 80 with Xdebug debugger.
At last we need to select the newly created server, and edit the URL. In the URL part you need to locate the file that you want to debug starting from localhost. In the example below my file is in project DebuggerConfig with file name homeController.php.