If I'm used to PHP's var_dump() and print_r() to check the value of a variable, how can I evolve to inspect things in Craft where Twig's dump isn't available?

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    In what cases would Twig's dump() function not be available? You mean just when Dev Mode isn't enabled? Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 1:33
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    Yes, that is apparently what I mean. I've learned something, but now I feel a bit daft.
    – Matt Stein
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 1:37

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There's the dbug plugin which should give you what you are after, template side.

This plugin adds a helpful dbug method to your Craft templates. This will help you see in the dark - figure out what kind of variables you are dealing with, and what methods they implement.

  • The dbug plugin isn't supported anymore, and Luke (the author) recommended craft_kint instead.
    – Matt Stein
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 17:50

If you have devMode set to "true" in your config files, you can use "dump" in a twig template like this without any plug in needed:

{{ dump(myArray) }}
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    Tip: devMode is enabled by adding 'devMode' => true to craft/config/general.php.
    – Simon East
    Commented Jul 30, 2016 at 10:56

There's a plugin called "craft inspector" https://github.com/adrianmacneil/craft-inspector that has come in handy.

{{ craft.request | inspect }}
{{ inspect(craft.request) }}

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