Debugging Server-side applications can be a time-consuming task and I guess all PHP developer know this frustrating search for bugs, using "raw" debug messages like:

echo "`<br>`1";

Thanks to the great Firebug extension for Firefox, a lot of web-development tasks have become easier. Now, its getting even better! Introducing the FirePHP extension for BIGACE lets you send all BIGACE and PHP related log messages to the Firebug console.

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Get all downloads from:

FirePHP detail page



  1. Install Firefox (blame you, if you don't already have it LOL)
  2. Install the Firebug addon
  3. Install the FirePHP addon
  4. Install the BIGACE FirePHP Plugin (download link above)
  5. Follow configuration info, see below

Configuration of the FirePHP Plugin for BIGACE

Read how to configure the logger class. After configuration and reloading the page you will find your log messages in the console like this:

{{bigace:extensions:development:example-log.png|Screenshot of some example log messages}}

Usage in your modules

If you develop your own modules or other BIGACE extensions, you can use the following PHP code to log messages:

$GLOBALS['LOGGER']->logError('This is a simple test to demonstrate a FirePHP error');
$GLOBALS['LOGGER']->logInfo('A demonstration of a FirePHP warning');
$GLOBALS['LOGGER']->logDebug('Another message, to demonstrate a FirePHP info');

Or you use one of the FirePHP constants for logging directly:

$GLOBALS['LOGGER']->log(FirePHP::TRACE, 'The Trace level is mega useful!');

This is the result of the TRACE log:

{{bigace:extensions:development:trace-log.png|A trace log message logs the complete backtrace}}

Obviously, you can read it better in the console than in that resized screenshot ;)

And here are all available log levels:

class FirePHP {

  const LOG = 'LOG';
  const INFO = 'INFO';
  const WARN = 'WARN';
  const ERROR = 'ERROR';
  const DUMP = 'DUMP';
  const TRACE = 'TRACE';
  const TABLE = 'TABLE';

There are many more options available, please refer to the official QuickStart docu.

FirePHP Homepage

If you are interested in more information about FirePHP, please visit their homepage at

A great framework, thanks to its developer Christoph Dorn. Oh and BTW, FirePHP is licensed with "New BSD License".