CLion 2024.1 Help


Watchpoints (sometimes referred to as data breakpoints) are helpful when you need to focus on a particular variable and its behaviour throughout the program execution. Whenever your program accesses the breakpoint being watched, CLion will pause the execution or log to the console.

Set up a watchpoint

  1. Pick a variable or expression, right-click it and choose Add Watchpoint:

    Adding a watchpoint
  2. Configure the watchpoint in the popup:

    Configuring a watchpoint

    To access additional properties, click More Ctrl+Shift+F8 or select Run | View Breakpoints from the main menu:

    Watchpoint settings




    Select or clear this checkbox to enable or disable the watchpoint.

    Suspend execution

    If this option is selected, the program's execution will stop at the event specified in the Access Type field. If you clear this checkbox, the program will not stop at the watchpoint hit, but any associated actions (e.g., logging) will still be performed.


    Select these checkboxes to log the Breakpoint hit message or the watchpoint's stack trace to console. This is useful if you want to analyze the changes of a variable without stopping the program's execution.

    Disable until hitting the following breakpoint

    This option disables the current watchpoint until some other breakpoint is encountered.

    Access Type

    Choose the type of access that will trigger the watchpoint: Read, Write, or Any.

Using a watchpoint in debugging

With a watchpoint set and configured, you can resume debugging to monitor accesses to the chosen variable. If suspending is enabled, the program stops when the watchpoint is hit, and CLion highlights the corresponding code line. If logging to console is enabled as well, the output is shown in the Console tab:

Watchpoint hit

The watchpoint's icon is different from the icon of a regular breakpoint (there is an 'eye' on it). Hover over it to view the popup message with details of the current watchpoint hit:

Watchpoint tooltip

Now you have the variable behaviour isolated from the rest of the program flow. You can remove the watchpoint and use stepping techniques or create more breakpoints to analyze the actual cause of the problem.

Last modified: 11 February 2024