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Debugging SOAP with Xdebug and Eclipse

October 14 2010 : posted under php eclipse xdebug soap

It’s been a while since I’ve worked on a project which is providing as well as consuming web services.

In this case I need to debug incoming requests that are not initiated from with the browser (I’m using soapui as a test tool).

In order to allow Eclipse to pick up xdebug responses triggered by requests from soapui I just needed to

  • start a debuging session within eclipse as normal
  • ensure that the query string ?XDEBUG_SESSION_START=ECLIPSE_DBGP is appended to all requests by editing the WSDL file so that the address looks like
<soap:address location=""/>
  • make requests via soapui

Now eclipse is picking up the soap requests and I can step through as normal (some tools apply a timeout which can be a nuisance while debugging - I haven’t been using soapui long enough yet to see if that’s the case here)