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Generating PDB Files

ReSharper provides a command to simply generate a PDB file (together with the source files) for any .NET assembly.

When generating symbol files, ReSharper creates the directory structure identical to the Visual Studio symbol cache. Therefore, if you set the Visual Studio symbol cache directory as the output folder, all generated symbols will be automatically available to the Visual Studio debugger. You can get or set the cache directory in Visual Studio Options: Debugging | Symbols | Cache symbols in this directory.

To generate PDB file for an assembly

  1. Select the desired assemblies in the Assembly Explorer window.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Click Generate PDB /help/img/dotnet/2016.3/ThemedIcon.SourcesFromSymbolFiles.Screen.[Gray].png on the toolbar of the Assembly Explorer.
    • Right-click the selection and choose Generate PDB in the context menu.
    • In the Process Explorer window, right-click on any .NET process and choose Generate non-existent PDB to Visual Studio cache. Generation will start immediately to the symbol cache directory specified in Visual Studio options (Tools | Options | Debugging | Symbols). If no cache directory is specified, this context command is not available.
  3. In the PDB Generation dialog that opens, specify the destination folder. Optionally, you can select some more assemblies in the reference hierarchy. If the the Visual Studio symbol cache is specified in the options (Tools | Options | Debugging | Symbols | Cache symbols in this directory), you can choose it with the radio button
    PDB Generation dialog
  4. Click Generate. PDB and source files for the selected assemblies are created in the specified destination folder.
    You can watch the progress of generating PDB in the Project/PDB Generation Status window.

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Last modified: 20 January 2017