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Debugging $_REQUEST

This snippet displays a nice list of all submitted data in a transparent box on the top left. Put this snippet preferable directly after <body>.

The box has some basic styling applied so that it will display a dark fixed box on the top left of the document that will automaticly show a scroll-bar if it becomes too long.

<div style="position:fixed; top:0; left: 0; width: 400px; background: rgb(0,0,0,0); background: rgba(0,0,0,0.8); color: green; margin:0px; padding:5px; max-height: 90%; overflow-y:auto;">
<h2 style="margin:0px;color:white;">$ HEADERS:</h2>
<h3 style="margin:5px;color:white;">GET</h3>

foreach($_GET as $name=>$value) {
       echo $name."  =>  ";
       echo $value."<br />";

<h3 style="margin:5px;color:white;">POST</h3>

foreach($_POST as $name=>$value) {
       echo $name."  =>  ";
       echo $value."<br />";



  1. Nice example. You can also use $_REQUEST to debug $_GET and $_POST variables on the same time. Furthermore I often use the following code to debug variables:

    echo '<pre>';
    echo '</pre>';

    These three lines of code above are doing exactly the same than the code snippet using a foreach loop.

  2. I find var_dump (which you commented out in your examples) to be much more helpful than looping through the array.

    Specifically what I usually do is:

    echo '<pre>';
    echo '</pre>';

    Doing so gives more valuable information about the item you’re dumping, such as what type the item is, etc.

    print_r, as another commenter has mentioned, also supplies such information.

  3. Permalink to comment#

    1) Install xdebug
    2) Activate extension
    3) Open php.ini file and set “html_errors” to “On”

    After that, you’re able to use var_dump with a full html output like this:

    Show debug image.

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