How to trigger XDebug profiler for a command line PHP script

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XDebug offers the configuration directive "xdebug.profiler_enable_trigger" that allows to activate profiling by passing the GET or POST parameter "XDEBUG_PROFILE" when calling a script via HTTP. This is handy if you don't want profiling for ALL of your scripts but only for a few special cases without always changing your PHP configuration.

Is there a way to achieve the same behavior for command line PHP programs? I tried to pass the "XDEBUG_PROFILE" as a command line argument but it didn't work.

In general, profiling command line PHP works well, but I'd like to have the same per-call-flexibility as with a browser and HTTP server.

Any suggestions?
Sep 17, 2020 in PHP by kartik
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Hello @kartik,

You can pass INI settings with the -d flag: php -d xdebug.profiler_enable=On script.php.

Hope it helps!!
Thank You!!

answered Sep 17, 2020 by Niroj
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