vscode-java-debug

Introduction: Java Debugger for Visual Studio Code.
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Overview

A lightweight Java Debugger based on Java Debug Server which extends the Language Support for Java by Red Hat. It allows users to debug Java code using Visual Studio Code (VS Code). Here's a list of features:

  • Launch/Attach
  • Breakpoints/Conditional Breakpoints/Logpoints
  • Exceptions
  • Pause & Continue
  • Step In/Out/Over
  • Variables
  • Callstacks
  • Threads
  • Debug console
  • Evaluation
  • Hot Code Replace

Requirements

Install

Open VS Code and press F1 or Ctrl + Shift + P to open command palette, select Install Extension and type vscode-java-debug.

Or launch VS Code Quick Open (Ctrl + P), paste the following command, and press enter.

ext install vscode-java-debug

Use

  • Launch VS Code
  • Open a Java project (Maven/Gradle/Eclipse)
  • Open a Java file to activate the extensions
  • Add debug configurations and edit launch.json
    • To launch: specify mainClass
    • To attach: specify hostName and port
  • Press F5

Please also check the documentation of Language Support for Java by Red Hat if you have trouble setting up your project.

Options

Launch

  • mainClass (required) - The fully qualified class name (e.g. [java module name/]com.xyz.MainApp) or the java file path of the program entry.
  • args - The command line arguments passed to the program. Use "${command:SpecifyProgramArgs}" to prompt for program arguments. It accepts a string or an array of string.
  • sourcePaths - The extra source directories of the program. The debugger looks for source code from project settings by default. This option allows the debugger to look for source code in extra directories.
  • modulePaths - The modulepaths for launching the JVM. If not specified, the debugger will automatically resolve from current project.
  • classPaths - The classpaths for launching the JVM. If not specified, the debugger will automatically resolve from current project.
  • encoding - The file.encoding setting for the JVM. If not specified, 'UTF-8' will be used. Possible values can be found in http://docs.oracle.com/javase/8/docs/technotes/guides/intl/encoding.doc.html.
  • vmArgs - The extra options and system properties for the JVM (e.g. -Xms\ -Xmx\ -D\=\), it accepts a string or an array of string.
  • projectName - The preferred project in which the debugger searches for classes. There could be duplicated class names in different projects. This setting also works when the debugger looks for the specified main class when launching a program. It is required when the workspace has multiple java projects, otherwise the expression evaluation and conditional breakpoint may not work.
  • cwd - The working directory of the program. Defaults to ${workspaceFolder}.
  • env - The extra environment variables for the program.
  • stopOnEntry - Automatically pause the program after launching.
  • console - The specified console to launch the program. If not specified, use the console specified by the java.debug.settings.console user setting.
    • internalConsole - VS Code debug console (input stream not supported).
    • integratedTerminal - VS Code integrated terminal.
    • externalTerminal - External terminal that can be configured in user settings.
  • shortenCommandLine - When the project has long classpath or big VM arguments, the command line to launch the program may exceed the maximum command line string limitation allowed by the OS. This configuration item provides multiple approaches to shorten the command line. Defaults to auto.
    • none - Launch the program with the standard command line 'java [options] classname [args]'.
    • jarmanifest - Generate the classpath parameters to a temporary classpath.jar file, and launch the program with the command line 'java -cp classpath.jar classname [args]'.
    • argfile - Generate the classpath parameters to a temporary argument file, and launch the program with the command line 'java @argfile [args]'. This value only applies to Java 9 and higher.
    • auto - Automatically detect the command line length and determine whether to shorten the command line via an appropriate approach.
  • stepFilters - Skip specified classes or methods when stepping.
    • classNameFilters - Skip the specified classes when stepping. Class names should be fully qualified. Wildcard is supported.
    • skipSynthetics - Skip synthetic methods when stepping.
    • skipStaticInitializers - Skip static initializer methods when stepping.
    • skipConstructors - Skip constructor methods when stepping.

Attach

  • hostName (required) - The host name or IP address of remote debuggee.
  • port (required) - The debug port of remote debuggee.
  • timeout - Timeout value before reconnecting, in milliseconds (default to 30000ms).
  • sourcePaths - The extra source directories of the program. The debugger looks for source code from project settings by default. This option allows the debugger to look for source code in extra directories.
  • projectName - The preferred project in which the debugger searches for classes. There could be duplicated class names in different projects. It is required when the workspace has multiple java projects, otherwise the expression evaluation and conditional breakpoint may not work.
  • stepFilters - Skip specified classes or methods when stepping.
    • classNameFilters - Skip the specified classes when stepping. Class names should be fully qualified. Wildcard is supported.
    • skipSynthetics - Skip synthetic methods when stepping.
    • skipStaticInitializers - Skip static initializer methods when stepping.
    • skipConstructors - Skip constructor methods when stepping.

User Settings

  • java.debug.logLevel: minimum level of debugger logs that are sent to VS Code, defaults to warn.
  • java.debug.settings.showHex: show numbers in hex format in "Variables" viewlet, defaults to false.
  • java.debug.settings.showStaticVariables: show static variables in "Variables" viewlet, defaults to false.
  • java.debug.settings.showQualifiedNames: show fully qualified class names in "Variables" viewlet, defaults to false.
  • java.debug.settings.showLogicalStructure: show the logical structure for the Collection and Map classes in "Variables" viewlet, defaults to true.
  • java.debug.settings.showToString: show 'toString()' value for all classes that override 'toString' method in "Variables" viewlet, defaults to true.
  • java.debug.settings.maxStringLength: the maximum length of string displayed in "Variables" or "Debug Console" viewlet, the string longer than this length will be trimmed, defaults to 0 which means no trim is performed.
  • java.debug.settings.hotCodeReplace: Reload the changed Java classes during debugging, defaults to manual. Make sure java.autobuild.enabled is not disabled for VSCode Java. See the wiki page for more information about usages and limitations.
    • manual - Click the toolbar to apply the changes.
    • auto - Automatically apply the changes after compilation.
    • never - Never apply the changes.
  • java.debug.settings.enableRunDebugCodeLens: enable the code lens provider for the run and debug buttons over main entry points, defaults to true.
  • java.debug.settings.forceBuildBeforeLaunch: force building the workspace before launching java program, defaults to true.
  • java.debug.settings.console: The specified console to launch Java program, defaults to internalConsole. If you want to customize the console for a specific debug session, please modify the 'console' config in launch.json.
    • internalConsole - VS Code debug console (input stream not supported).
    • integratedTerminal - VS Code integrated terminal.
    • externalTerminal - External terminal that can be configured in user settings.

Troubleshooting

Reference the troubleshooting guide for common errors.

Feedback and Questions

You can find the full list of issues at Issue Tracker. You can submit a bug or feature suggestion, and participate community driven Gitter

License

This extension is licensed under MIT License.

Data/Telemetry

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