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Breakpoints are special markers that suspend program execution at a specific point. This lets you examine the program state and behavior. Breakpoints can be simple, for example, suspending the program on reaching some line of code, or involve more complex logic, such as checking against additional conditions, writing to a log, and so on).


Once set, a breakpoint remains in your project until you remove it explicitly, except for temporary breakpoints.

Types of breakpoints

The following types of breakpoints are available in WebStorm:

  • Line breakpoints: suspend the program upon reaching the line of code where the breakpoint was set. This type of breakpoints can be set on any executable line of code.

  • Exception breakpoints: suspend the program when the specified JavaScript exception is thrown. Unlike stack traces, suspending an application on an exception allows you to examine the surrounding context or data while it is still available.

    Exception breakpoints

Set breakpoints

Set line breakpoints

  • Click the gutter at the executable line of code where you want to set the breakpoint. Alternatively, place the caret at the line and press Ctrl+F8.

    Setting a line breakpoint

    Alternatively, place the caret at this line and press Ctrl+F8.

  • To set a temporary line breakpoint, press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F8. The breakpoint will be removed from your project right after it is hit.

  • For arrow functions, you can set multiple breakpoints within a single line. When you click the gutter, WebStorm displays hints where you can set breakpoints in that line. Click the relevant hints.

    Multiple breakpoints in a line with an arrow function

Set exception breakpoints

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+F8 or select Run | View Breakpoints from the main menu.

  2. In the Breakpoints dialog, press Alt+Insert or click the Add button, and select JavaScript Exception Breakpoints.

    Create a JavaScrupt Exception breakpoint
  3. In the Add Exception Breakpoint dialog, specify the exception class from a library or from your project.

    Add a ReferenceError exception breakpoint

    To have the debugger stop every time an exception is thrown, select the Any exception checkbox.

    Exception breakpoint: Any breakpoint

Manage breakpoints

Remove breakpoints

  • For non-exception breakpoints: click the breakpoint in the gutter.

  • For all breakpoints: go to Run | View Breakpoints Ctrl+Shift+F8 in the main menu, select the breakpoint, and click Remove Delete.

To avoid accidentally removing a breakpoint and losing its parameters, you can choose to remove breakpoints by dragging them to the editor or clicking the middle mouse button. To do this, go to Settings | Build, Execution, Deployment | Debugger and select Drag to the editor or click with middle mouse button. Clicking a breakpoint will then enable or disable it.

Mute breakpoints

If you don't need to stop at your breakpoints for some time, you can mute them. This allows you to resume normal program operation without leaving the debugger session. After that, you can unmute breakpoints and continue debugging.

  • Click the Mute Breakpoints button Mute Breakpoints button in the toolbar of the Debug tool window.

Enable/disable breakpoints

When you remove a breakpoint, its internal configuration is lost. To temporarily turn an individual breakpoint off without losing its parameters, you can disable it:

  • For non-exception breakpoints: right-click it and set the Enabled option as required. You can also toggle them with the middle mouse button if removing breakpoints is not assigned to it.

  • For all breakpoints: click Run | View Breakpoints Ctrl+Shift+F8 and check/uncheck the breakpoint on the list.

Move/copy breakpoints

  • To move a breakpoint, drag it to another line.

  • To copy a breakpoint, hold Ctrl and drag a breakpoint to another line. This creates a breakpoint with the same parameters at the destination.

View all set breakpoints

You can view the list of all breakpoints in the Bookmarks tool window. Breakpoints are automatically added to the dedicated list in the tool window once you place them in your code.

  • In the main menu, go to View | Tool Windows | Bookmarks or press Alt+2 and expand the Breakpoints list.

Bookmarks tool window

Group breakpoints

You can organize breakpoints into groups, for example, if you need to mark out breakpoints for a specific problem.

  • In the Breakpoints dialog Ctrl+Shift+F8, select a breakpoint you want to place in a group and select Move to group from the menu.

Configure breakpoints' properties

Depending on the breakpoint type, you can configure additional properties which allow you to tailor its operation for specific needs. The most used options are available via intentions.

  • Basic breakpoint properties are available via intentions. Place the caret at the line with the breakpoint and press Alt+Enter:

    Breakpoint intentions
  • To access the full list of properties, right-click the breakpoint and click More or press Ctrl+Shift+F8.

    Breakpoint properties: context menu

Intentions reference



Remove breakpoint

Removes the breakpoint at the selected line.

Disable Breakpoint

Disables the breakpoint at the selected line.

Edit breakpoint

Opens a dialog with the most used breakpoint properties. For more properties, click More or press Ctrl+Shift+F8.

Breakpoints' properties reference

In this chapter, you can find information on the features available for breakpoints.


Clear the checkbox to temporarily disable a breakpoint without removing it from the project. Disabled breakpoints are skipped during stepping.

You can configure WebStorm to enable/disable breakpoints on clicking rather than removing them altogether. To do this, go to Settings | Build, Execution, Deployment | Debugger and set the Remove breakpoint option to Drag to the editor or click with middle mouse button.


Specifies whether to pause the program execution when the breakpoint is hit.

Non-suspending breakpoints are useful when you need to log some expression without pausing the program (for example, when you need to know how many times a method was called) or if you need to create a trigger breakpoint that will enable dependent breakpoints when hit.


Select this checkbox if you want the debugger to stop at the breakpoint only when a certain condition is met. Define the condition through a JavaScript boolean expression that evaluates to true or false, for example, fruit == "grapes". This expression must be valid at the line where you set the breakpoint.

You can type multiline expressions, for example:

typeof scope === 'string' || (!Array.isArray(scope) && typeof scope === 'object' && scope !== null)

Optionally, specify the actions that you want WebStorm to perform if the condition is met and the debugger stops at the breakpoint, learn more from Log below.

Conditional breakpoint: define condition through a boolean expression

When the debugger reaches the line with a conditional breakpoint, the specified boolean expression is evaluated. If the expression evaluates to true, the program is suspended.

Conditional breakpoint is hit

If you selected any logging actions in the Log area, the Console tab shows the corresponding message:

Conditional breakpoint is hit, which is logged in the Console tab

The result of the expression is taken from the return statement. When there is no return statement, the result is taken from the last line of code.

When evaluating expressions, make sure you are aware of their possible side effects as they may potentially affect the behavior and the result of the program.

Logging options

When a breakpoint is hit, the following can be logged to the console:

  • "Breakpoint hit" message: a log message like Breakpoint reached at ocean.Whale.main(Whale.java:5).

  • Stack trace: the stack trace for the current frame. This is useful if you want to check what paths have led to this point without interrupting the program execution.

  • Evaluate and log: the result of an arbitrary expression, for example, "Initializing" or users.size().

    The result of the expression is taken from the return statement. When there is no return statement, the result is taken from the last line of code, which doesn't have to be an expression: a literal works too. This can be used to produce a custom message or to keep track of some values as the program executes.

    When evaluating expressions, make sure you are aware of their possible side effects as they may potentially affect the behavior and the result of the program.

Remove once hit

Specifies whether the breakpoint should be removed from the project after it has been hit once.

Disable until hitting the following breakpoint

When a breakpoint is selected in the Disable until hitting the following breakpoint box, it acts as a trigger for the current breakpoint. This disables the current breakpoint until the specified breakpoint has been hit.

You can also choose whether to disable it again after this has happened or leave it enabled.

This option is useful when you only need to suspend the program under certain conditions or after certain actions. In this case, the trigger breakpoint usually isn't required to stop the program execution and is made non-suspending.

Breakpoint statuses

Breakpoints can have the following statuses:




After you have started a debugger session, the debugger checks whether it is technically possible to suspend the program at the breakpoint. If yes, the debugger marks the breakpoint as verified.


If it is technically possible to suspend the program at the breakpoint, however there are issues related to it, the debugger sets the breakpoint status to warning. This may happen, for example, when it is impossible to suspend the program at one of the method's implementations.


If it is technically impossible to suspend the program at the breakpoint, the debugger marks it as invalid. This often happens because there is no executable code on the line.


A breakpoint is marked as inactive/dependent when it is configured to be disabled until another breakpoint is hit, and this has not happened yet.


All breakpoints are temporarily inactive because they have been muted.


This breakpoint is temporarily inactive because it has been disabled.


The suspend policy is set for this breakpoint so that it does not suspend the execution when hit.

Breakpoint icons

Depending on their type and status, breakpoints are marked with the following icons:




line breakpoint

exception breakpoint


disabled line breakpoint

disabled exception breakpoint


verified line breakpoint


muted line breakpoint


inactive/dependent line breakpoint

Muted disabled

muted disabled line breakpoint


non-suspending line breakpoint

Verified non-suspending

verified non-suspending line breakpoint

Productivity tips

Use breakpoints for "printf" debugging

Use non-suspending logging breakpoints (sometimes referred to as watchpoints in other debuggers) instead of inserting print statements in your code. This provides a more flexible and centralized way of handling debug log messages.

Set logging breakpoints more quickly

To set a non-suspending logging breakpoint, hold Shift and click the gutter. This will not suspend the program execution and instead log a message like Breakpoint reached at ocean.Whale.main(Whale.java:5). If you want to log some expression that is in front of you in the editor, select it before holding Shift and clicking the gutter.

Add breakpoint descriptions

If you have many breakpoints in your project, you can add descriptions to breakpoints for ease of search. To do this, right-click a breakpoint in the Breakpoints dialog Ctrl+Shift+F8 and select Edit description from the menu. Now when you start typing the breakpoint name, it gets the focus.

Jump to source

To jump from the Breakpoints dialog to the line of code where the selected breakpoint is set, press F4.

Last modified: 26 May 2024