UI Tour

This page describes the JavaScript Debugger as it appears in Firefox 52 and above. To see what it's like in earlier versions of Firefox, see Debugger (before Firefox 52).

If you're using Firefox 52 or later and need to switch back to the old Debugger, you can do so by visiting about:config and setting the "devtools.debugger.new-debugger-frontend" preference to false.

This article is a quick tour of the main sections of the JavaScript Debugger's user interface. The UI is split vertically into three panels

Source list pane

The source list pane lists all the JavaScript source files loaded into the page, and enables you to select one to debug. At the top level sources are organized by origin, and under that they're organized by the directory structure from which they are served.

You can search for a file using Ctrl + P (Cmd + P on a Mac).

Source pane

This shows the JavaScript file currently loaded.

When the source pane is focused you can search for a string in the file using Ctrl + F (Cmd + F on a Mac).

Breakpoints have a blue arrow overlaid on the line number. Conditional breakpoints have an orange arrow. If you're stopped at a breakpoint, the entire line gets a green overlay. In the screenshot below there are three breakpoints:

  • line 5 has a normal breakpoint
  • line 8 has a normal breakpoint, and the debugger is paused there
  • line 10 has a conditional breakpoint.

Toolbar

At the top of the right-hand pane, there's a toolbar:

The toolbar consists of:

Breakpoints list

Under the toolbar, you'll see all the breakpoints you've set. Next to each breakpoint is a checkbox which you can use to enable/disable it:

Call stack

When the debugger's paused, you'll see a call stack:

Each level of the call stack gets a line, with the name of the function and the filename and line number. Clicking the line opens that source in the source pane. The screenshot above shows the following call stack:

launch()->
    diff()->
        diff_match_patch.prototype.diff_main()

Scopes

In the right-hand pane you'll see a label "Scopes" with a disclosure arrow next to it. When the debugger's paused, you'll be able to expand this section to see all objects that are in scope at this point in the program:

Objects are organized by scope: the most local appears first, and the global scope (Window, in the case of page scripts) appears last.

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