Adding the php executable path in vscode: A guide

Thank you for reading. This is actually my first post.
To configure the PHP executable in VS Code, I found a solution using this executable path.
To resolve the issue, you can try using something similar to the following:
Please remember to update the path to the location of your OpenServer installation and select the appropriate PHP version.
First, locate the executable file for PHP, which is commonly known as…
For example, in my case, I am using Laragon.
All you have to do is find the location and then navigate to…
Next, look for…
Once you find it, open the file and add the following line…
Make sure to add the line correctly, following the JSON format rules.

Did you find this message when creating a PHP file in VSCode?

Cannot validate since no PHP executable is set. Use the setting ‘php.validate.executablePath’ to configure the PHP executable.

1. First of all

Access settings.json and insert the following line,

"php.validate.executablePath": "your_unit:/xampp/php/php.exe"

, at the end of the file. After completing this step, the bothersome message will no longer appear. What is the next course of action?

That’s all

No joke, we actually want to debug PHP in VSCode as well, don’t we?



ext install PHP Debug

and proceed with the installation of the first corresponding match.

Start the XAMPP server and generate a php file called test.php containing phpinfo(). Access it in your web browser.


Then, copy the HTML source code and paste it into Proceed by clicking on “analyze my phpinfo() output”. Adhere to the instructions and download the .dll file. Afterward, install it within the folder located at your_unit:xamppphpext.

3. Almost done!

Access the php.ini file from XAMPP and insert the code at the end of the document.

xdebug.remote_enable = 1
xdebug.remote_autostart = 1
zend_extension = "you_unit:xamppphpextdownloadedfile.dss

Save it!

After restarting XAMPP and VSCode, your task should be completed.

Last thing

Curious about its functioning? Access your project via your browser, establish a breakpoint in VSCode, and witness the enchantment!

The documentation can be found on both and the VSCode extension page.

I appreciate you taking the time to read my very first post.

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