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Using Breakpoints

Breakpoints are source code markers used to trigger actions during a debugging session.

Breakpoint types

Breakpoints are a simple but very important debugging instrument which allows you to suspend a program upon reaching a certain breakpoint, and examine the behavior of the program and its components at that point. A breakpoint is defined by one or more conditions that determine when a program's execution should be interrupted. These conditions depend on the breakpoint type and configuration.

GoLand lets you create breakpoints of several types. Each breakpoint type supported by GoLand addresses different debugging needs and has its own individual settings.

GoLand enables you to set the following types of breakpoints:

Line breakpoint

These breakpoints are assigned to lines of source code and are used to target a particular section for debugging.

Line breakpoints are triggered when the program reaches the specified line of source code, before it is executed. The line of code that contains a set breakpoint, is marked with a red stripe; once such line of code is reached, the marking stripe changes to blue.

Temporary line breakpoint

Temporary line breakpoint is a subset of the line breakpoint. The only difference is that the breakpoint of that type is immediately removed when hit.

These breakpoints are assigned to lines of source code and are used to target a particular section for debugging. When hit, such breakpoints are immediately removed.

Exception breakpoint

Exception breakpoints are triggered when the specified exception is thrown. Unlike the line breakpoints, which require specific source references, exception breakpoints apply globally to the exception condition, rather than to a particular code reference.

Breakpoints icons and statuses

When a breakpoint is set, the editor displays a breakpoint icon in the gutter area to the left of the affected source code. A breakpoint icon denotes status of a breakpoint, and provides useful information about its type, location, and action.

The icons serve as convenient shortcuts for managing breakpoints. Clicking an icon removes the breakpoint. Successive use of Alt - click on an icon toggles its state between enabled and disabled. The settings of a breakpoint are shown in a tooltip when a mouse pointer hovers over a breakpoint icon in the gutter area of the editor.

The table below summarizes the possible breakpoint states:

StatusLineTemporary LineExceptionDescription
Enableddb set breakpointbreakpointTemporaryicons debugger db exception breakpoint svgShown at design-time or during the debugging session.
Disabledicons debugger db disabled breakpoint svgicons debugger db disabled breakpoint svgicons debugger db disabled exception breakpoint svgIndicates that nothing happens when the breakpoint is hit.
Conditionally disableddb dep line breakpointdb dep line breakpointicons debugger db exception breakpoint svgThis state is assigned to breakpoints when they depend on another breakpoint to be activated.

When the button icons debugger muteBreakpoints svg is pressed in the toolbar of the Debug tool window, all the breakpoints in a project are muted, and their icons become grey: muted breakpoint.

Last modified: 27 August 2018