To ensure successful debugging, it is enough to specify the built-in web server port and accept the default settings that IntelliJ IDEA suggests for other debugger options.
Before you start
Set the built-in web server port
Press Ctrl+Alt+S to open the IDE settings and select Build, Execution, Deployment | Debugger.
In the Built-in server area, specify the port where the built-in web server runs. By default this port is set to the default IntelliJ IDEA port 63342 through which IntelliJ IDEA accepts connections from services. You can set the port number to any other value starting from 1024.
Suppress calls to the files on the built-in server from other computers or from outside IntelliJ IDEA by clearing the Can accept external connections or Allow unsigned requests checkbox respectively.
Choose the way to remove breakpoints, the default setting is Click.
On the settings page under the Debugger node, configure advanced debugger options: enable or disable Inline Debugging, specify when you want to see tooltips with object values and expressions evaluation results, and so on.
Whether you want object node properties to be shown. If so, specify the properties. Use and to manage the list of properties.
Starting a debugging session with your default Chrome user data
You may notice that your debugging session starts in a new window with a custom Chrome user data instead of your default one. As a result, the window looks unusual, for example, your bookmarks, the browser history, and the extensions are missing, which altogether breaks your development experience. That happens because IntelliJ IDEA uses Chrome Debugging Protocol and runs Chrome with the
--remote-debugging-port option. However, if Chrome is already started, a debugging port can't be opened for any new or existing Chrome instance that has the same user data. Therefore, when Chrome Debugging Protocol is used, IntelliJ IDEA always starts a debugging session with in a new window with a custom user data.
To open a new Chrome instance with your familiar look-and-feel, configure Chrome in IntelliJ IDEA to start with your user data. In this case, before starting a debugging session, always make sure that Chrome is not already running with your user data. Otherwise IntelliJ IDEA still launches another instance of Chrome with your user data but is unable to open a debugging port for it. As a result, IntelliJ IDEA debugger fails to connect to the application in the new Chrome instance and the debugging session does not start.
Configure Chrome in IntelliJ IDEA to start with your Chrome user data
Save your Chrome user data anywhere on your machine.
Press Ctrl+Alt+S to open the IDE settings and select Tools | Web Browsers.
To create a new Chrome configuration, click . A new item appears in the list. In the Path field, specify the path to the Chrome installation folder.
Select the new configuration and click . The Chrome Settings dialog opens.
Select the Use custom user data directory checkbox and specify the path to your user data directory in the IntelliJ IDEA settings.