Zero-setup replacement for var_dump(), print_r(), and debug_backtrace().

Advanced usage


Modifiers are a way to change Kint output without having to use a different function. Simply prefix your call to kint with a modifier to apply it:

! Expand all data in this dump automatically
+ Disable the depth limit in this dump
- Clear buffered output and flush after dump
@ Return the output of this dump instead of echoing it
~ Use the text renderer for this dump


+Kint::dump($data); // Disabled depth limit
!d($data); // Expanded automatically

Helper functions

Sometimes you want to change Kint behavior without using a plugin, or just add a new function name for Kint. You can do that by making a new helper function.

In this example we’re going to make a helper function that “dumps and dies” like the dd function found in symfony and laravel.


// Some Kint features (Variable names, modifiers, mini trace) only work if Kint
// knows where it was called from. But Kint can't know that if it doesn't know
// what the helper function is called. Add your functions to `Kint::$aliases`.
Kint::$aliases[] = 'dd';

function dd(...$vars)

Disabling helper functions in composer

Kint won’t define the d() and s() helper functions if they already exist, but when using composer you may sometimes want to disable them ahead of time.

By adding an extra.kint.disable-helpers key to your composer.json, Kint will skip defining the helper functions. You can use this in your root composer.json, or any package installed alongside Kint, and it should work.

    "require-dev": {
        "kint-php/kint": "^3"
    "extra": {
        "kint": {
            "disable-helpers": true

You can also define KINT_SKIP_HELPERS as true for the same effect, which is helpful if you’re using the phar file, but this needs to be set before the autoloader begins.


define('KINT_SKIP_HELPERS', true);

include 'vendor/autoload.php';

Render modes

Kint has 4 render modes available by default:


This is the one you saw on the previous page. It outputs the most data possible in an easy to read way.

Use this output mode with the d() helper function.


The text mode is similar to var_dump - it outputs raw text with no formatting for the web. It also doesn’t display extra parsed data and only the raw values of the things you give it.

Use this output mode with the ~ modifier: ~d().


This is basically the text mode but with html escaping and color highlighting. It still only shows basic information but it does it in a way that’s easy to read in a browser.

Use this output mode with the s() helper function.


This is basically the text mode but with bash color highlighting and automated terminal width detection. This will be automatically chosen if you run your script from a terminal.

Twig Integration

An official kint twig extension is provided in our kint-twig repository.

composer require kint-php/kint-twig

$twig->addExtension(new Kint\Twig\TwigExtension());

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