debugger

The debugger statement invokes any available debugging functionality, such as setting a breakpoint. If no debugging functionality is available, this statement has no effect.

Syntax

debugger;

Examples

Using the debugger statement

The following example shows code where a debugger statement has been inserted, to invoke a debugger (if one exists) when the function is called.

function potentiallyBuggyCode() {
    debugger;
    // do potentially buggy stuff to examine, step through, etc.
}

When the debugger is invoked, execution is paused at the debugger statement. It is like a breakpoint in the script source.

Paused at a debugger statement.

Specifications

Specification
ECMAScript (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Debugger statement' in that specification.

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See also