New to wp-env, which is mostly a fantastic dev tool.

  "plugins": ["./blinkwellness-mindbody"],
  "config": {
    "WP_DEBUG": true,
    "WP_DEBUG_LOG": true,
    "WP_DEBUG_DISPLAY": true,
    "SCRIPT_DEBUG": true
  "phpVersion": "8.1",
  "mappings": { "profileApp": "./profileApp" },
  "env": {
    "development": {
      "themes": ["./customtheme"]
    "tests": {
      "config": {
        "KEY_1": false
      "port": 3300

However, I am having trouble finding error logs. At the moment developing an Ajax feature, which started returning a 500 error.

When running wp-env logs all, the result is:

...523db7a-tests-wordpress-1  | - - \
[16/Feb/2023:13:23:27 +0000] "POST /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php \
HTTP/1.1" 500 484 "http://localhost:3300/schedule/"  \
"Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_15_7) AppleWebKit/537.36 \ 
(KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/ Safari/537.36

Empty content in /var/log/apache2/error.log.

Only wordpress debug log I'm finding on the server, /var/www/html/wp-content/debug.log, which only has some PHP Deprecated and other warnings in it.

Any suggestions?


Went to another dev approach (Roots/Trellis, virtualbox), which runs Nginx and there indeed the relevant Fatal Error is listed in /var/log/nginx/debug.log.

Where it gets thrown is:

if ( WP_DEBUG ) {
    throw new \Exception( $err->getMessage() );

So, maybe there's a different php log level between wp-env and the Trellis virtualbox configuration.

1 Answer 1


I added:

trigger_error( ini_get('error_log'), E_USER_WARNING );

which showed:


Adding to .wp-env.json:

  "config": {
    "WP_DEBUG_LOG": "/var/www/html/wp-content/debug.log"

seems to work for me.

Running npx wp-env run cli wp config get WP_DEBUG should return 1 showing that WP_DEBUG is enabled by default.

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