Xdebug helper / Xdebug bookmarklets don't seem to be needed? Xdebug is working for me without them

I’m in the process of setting up Xdebug with PhpStorm, and every article I’ve read talks about using an Xdebug helper plugin or some Xdebug bookmarklets in your browser in order to activate the debugger on the server, but for some reason neither of these seem to be needed for me, and I can’t figure out why.

As long as I have PhpStorm listening for connections, as soon as I load a page with a breakpoint in my browser Xdebug starts working, even though I haven’t installed an Xdebug helper plugin or clicked on the Xdebug bookmarklets (and when I did try using these they didn’t seem to do anything).

Does anyone know why this might be happening? Are these helper plugins/bookmarklets no longer required with newer versions of Xdebug or PhpStorm? Are they not required if you’re developing locally on I’m pretty confused as to why every article seems to mention them but I don’t seem to need them.

This topic was automatically closed 91 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.