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  1. Testing
  2. Code completion
  3. Debugging
  4. Got problems or questions?
  5. Links

This page is created to supply short directions and general tips for managing a Yii application in NetBeans IDE.


To run functional tests and unit tests in Yii, recommended is installing PHPUnit and SeleniumRC.

  • Install PHPUnit
  • Install SeleniumRC by getting the NetBeans plugin
    • Open "Tools > Plugins > Available Plugins"
    • Install "Selenium Module for PHP"
  • Configure project options
    • Open "File > Project properties > Sources" and set "Test Folder" to [PROJECT ROOT]/protected/tests (If the whole project testing doesn't work, try [PROJECT ROOT]/protected/tests/unit)
    • Open "File > Project properties > PHPUnit" and set "Use Bootstrap" to [PROJECT ROOT]/protected/tests/bootstrap.php, and "Use XML Configuration" to [PROJECT ROOT]/protected/tests/phpunit.xml
  • Test whole project: Alt+F6
  • Test single file: Shift-F6
  • Check code coverage (right click project > Code Coverage)

Code completion

To get context sensitive code completion, follow these steps:

  • Include Yii folder (assuming it is properly placed outside project directory)
    • Open "File > Project properties > PHP Include Path" and add the Yii framework root path
  • Ignore yiilite.php to avoid doubled/missing documentation
    • Open "Tools > Options > Miscellaneous > Files"
    • Add to the front of "Files Ignored by the IDE" the file "^(yiilite\.php|CVS|SCCS|...."
    • Restart NetBeans
  • Code completion in view files.
    • Add the following PHPDoc statement at the head of the file to use code completion in view files. (you may add additional passed parameters as well)
/* @var $this PostController */
/* @var $model Post */
$this->getSomeProValue(); // possible with code completion
$model->author; // possible with code completion
  • Typing suggestions: Ctrl-Space
  • Show Function parameters: Ctrl-P
  • Comment your own code with PHPDoc style. Here's a good example.


  • Install Xdebug (usually already available in your installation):
  • Include the Xdebug extension for PHP:
    • In php.ini enable (by removing ; prefix) these settings:
      zend_extension = "C:\xampp\php\ext\php_xdebug.dll"
         xdebug.remote_enable = 1
         xdebug.remote_handler = "dbgp"
         xdebug.remote_host = "localhost"
         xdebug.remote_port = 9000
  • Debug project: Ctrl-F5
  • Use breakpoints, walk through running code, and watch variables and objects in real-time. :)
  • If you want to stop the debugger from pausing on the first line for every request, simply turn that "feature" off by clicking: Tools > Options > PHP > Debugging > Stop at First Line (uncheck)

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