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Installs a configured and ready to debug WordPress, including MySQL, WP-CLI and Xdebug.
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WordPress Docker image for debugging WordPress, themes or plugins, bundled with MySQL, WordPress CLI and Xdebug.
Installs an automatically configured, ready to use WordPress.

The WordPress sources can be mounted to the host file system for debugging the WordPress source code.
Everything needed to run WordPress is included in the image and no manual configuration is needed.

This image is perfect for debugging WordPress, themes or plugins.

The MySQL database is accessible from the host.

How to use it

  1. Run WordPress

     docker run --name my-wordpress -v /path/to/host/wordpress_sources:/wordpress_sources -p 80:80 -d kaihofstetter/wordpress-xdebug

    Very important!
    The folder '/path/to/host/wordpress_sources' should be empty, except for plugin or theme source code you want to debug. The WordPress sources will be copied to the folder!

  2. Access WordPress

  3. Log in to WordPress


    Username: 'admin_user'

    Password: 'secret'

Using Xdebug

  1. Configure your IDE to listen on port 9000 for Xdebug, or the port you configured via the XDEBUG_PORT environment variable.
  2. Set the source path for debugging in your IDE to the configured '/path/to/host/wordpress_sources'
  3. Set the XDEBUG_SESSION cookie in your browser (e.g. via a browser extension:

For more information about remote debugging with Xdebug :

Changing the WordPress port

If you don't want to use the default port 80 on the host to access WordPress, besides changing the Docker port mapping (e.g. '...-p 8080:80...'), you also need to change the configured WordPress site URL by setting the WP_URL environment variable (e.g. '...WP_URL="localhost:8080"...').

WordPress needs to know the site URL used by the host, because WordPress redirects to the site URL and uses links to the site URL.

  1. Run WordPress

     docker run --name my-wordpress -v /path/to/host/wordpress_sources:/wordpress_sources -p 8080:80 -e WP_URL="localhost:8080" -d kaihofstetter/wordpress-xdebug
  2. Access WordPress


Accessing the MySQL database

Run WordPress with mapped MySQL port 3306:

docker run --name my-wordpress -p 80:80 -p 3306:3306 -d kaihofstetter/wordpress-xdebug

The MySQL database is accessible via port 3306, user: WordPress and password: secret.

Executing WP CLI commands

The included WordPress command line interpreter (WP CLI) can be executed via docker exec:

docker exec -i -t my-wordpress wp ...

For more information about WP CLI commands :

Environment variables

You can use the following environment variables to configure MySQL and WordPress

  • XDEBUG_PORT (default is '9000')
    • Port used by Xdebug to connect to IDE
  • MYSQL_WP_USER (default is 'WordPress')
    • MySQL user, used by WordPress
  • MYSQL_WP_PASSWORD (default is 'secret')
    • MySQL password, used by WordPress
  • WP_URL (default is 'localhost')
    • The address of the WordPress site.
  • WP_TITLE (default is 'WordPress Demo')
    • Title of the WordPress blog
  • WP_ADMIN_USER (default is 'admin_user')
    • WordPress admin user
  • WP_ADMIN_PASSWORD (default is 'secret”)
    • WordPress admin password
  • WP_ADMIN_EMAIL (default is '')
    • WordPress admin email address (WordPress installation does not send emails!)
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