Run & Debug

AppCode uses LLDB paired with the Xcode you select in the IDE settings and provides many useful features and views.

Watches and evaluations

Once you stop on a breakpoint, or pause the debug session, you can see descriptions of all the available variables and even the contents of collections and dictionaries.

Watches and evaluations

AppCode provides Frames and Watches to help you investigate any problem with ease. As a bonus, when selecting a symbol to watch you can benefit from autocompletion.

You can also evaluate any arbitrary expression or code fragment simply by pressing ⌥F8. AppCode will show you a popup which allows to evaluate complex code expressions on-the-fly. If you prefer to use LLDB commands, you can always switch to debugger console which is available as a separate tool window.


You can always view all breakpoints in your code in a dedicated dialog by pressing ⇧⌘F8


There are several breakpoints types you can use in AppCode:

  • Line breakpoints which can be set at any line by clicking in the left-hand gutter.
  • Symbolic breakpoints which help you stop program execution when a specific function starts executing.
  • Exception breakpoints which are executed when a particular exception is thrown.

Inline debugging

Inline debugging

Inline Variables View shows you variable values right in the editor (next to variable declaration). This view is enabled by default, but can be easily switched off in Debug tool window Settings menu | Show Values in Editor.

Core Data Objects

AppCode provides a convenient way to browse Core Data objects and their relationships in the debugger: it shows actual values of Core Data object fields and aggregates skipping any properties that are not needed.

Devices & simulators

AppCode allows you to run your iOS or Apple TV app both on a device and a simulator.


It’s easy to profile your application with Instruments app, launched by pressing the Profile button on the AppCode toolbar.