Attach to Process
The Attach to process feature allows you to debug a project which you are developing in CLion, but (for some reasons) are not able to launch directly from your IDE.
For C/C++ applications, you can attach to a process with GDB on Windows, LLDB on macOS, and both GDB and LLDB on Linux. When applicable, debuggers for other languages (e.g., Python debugger or Swift LLDB) can be used as well.
Prerequisites for Ubuntu users
If you are using CLion on Ubuntu (or probably, on some other Linux distribution), an error message
ptrace: Operation not permitted may appear upon your first attempt to attach to a process. In this case, do one of the following:
- To disable this restriction temporarily, enter the command:
echo 0 | sudo tee /proc/sys/kernel/yama/ptrace_scope
- To disable this restriction permanently, open the
/etc/sysctl.d/10-ptrace.conffile for editing and change the line
kernel.yama.ptrace_scope = 1to
kernel.yama.ptrace_scope = 0.
To apply the changes immediately, enter the above command
echo 0 | sudo tee /proc/sys/kernel/yama/ptrace_scope. Alternatively, run
sudo service procps restartor simply restart your system.
You can find more details here.
Attach to a process
- From the main menu, choose or press Ctrl+Alt+F5.
- From the list of available processes, select the desired process. Simplify your search by typing the first letters of its name or PID. If there are several debuggers that can be used for the selected process, you can choose among them in the pop-up menu:
- Proceed with debugging the same way as you usually do it in CLion (set breakpoints, step through, pause and resume the process, evaluate expressions, etc.): Note that in case the process you have attached to does not provide debug information, breakpoints will be unavailable and stepping will be performed in the disassembly view.
- When finished, detach the process: select the Stop the process button of the Debug Tool Window. or click the