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Kint - a powerful and modern PHP debugging tool.

Kint - debugging helper for PHP developers


What am I looking at?

At first glance Kint is just a pretty replacement for var_dump(), print_r() and debug_backtrace().

However, it’s much, much more than that. Even the excellent xdebug var_dump improvements don’t come close - you will eventually wonder how you developed without it.

Just to list some of the most useful features:


One of the main goals of Kint is to be zero setup.

Download the file and simply


require 'kint.php';

Or, if you use Composer:

composer require kint-php/kint



Kint::dump($GLOBALS, $_SERVER); // pass any number of parameters
d($GLOBALS, $_SERVER); // or simply use d() as a shorthand

Kint::trace(); // Debug backtrace
d(1); // Debug backtrace shorthand

s($GLOBALS); // Basic output mode

~d($GLOBALS); // Text only output mode

Kint::$enabled_mode = false; // Disable kint
d('Get off my lawn!'); // Debugs no longer have any effect

Tips & Tricks

  • Kint is enabled by default, set Kint::$enabled_mode = false; to turn its functionality completely off. The best practice is to enable Kint in a development environment only (or for example Kint::$enabled_mode = ($_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'] === '<your IP>');) - so even if you accidentally leave a dump in production, no one will know.
  • Kint has keyboard shortcuts! When Kint is visible, press D on the keyboard and you will be able to traverse the tree with arrows, hjkl, and tab keys - and expand/collapse nodes with space or enter.
  • Clicking the + sign or the bar will open/close it.
  • Double clicking the + sign will open/close it and all its children.
  • Triple clicking the + sign in will open/close everything on the page.
  • See the tiny arrows on the right of the output? Click them to open the node in a separate tab, or to show the access path for the value.
  • There are a couple of real-time modifiers you can use:
    • ~d($var) this call will output in plain text format.
    • +d($var) will disregard depth level limits and output everything. (Careful, this can hang your browser on large objects!)
    • !d($var) will expand the output automatically.
    • -d($var) will attempt to ob_clean the previous output.
    • You can combine modifiers too: ~+d($var)
  • To change display theme, use Kint_Renderer_Rich::$theme = '<theme name>'; where available options are: 'original.css' (default), 'solarized.css', 'solarized-dark.css' and 'aante-light.css'. You can also pass the absolute path to a CSS file to use that instead.
  • Read the full documentation for more information


Jonathan Vollebregt (jnvsor)
Rokas Šleinius (raveren)


Licensed under the MIT License

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