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Set a breakpoint using DevTools

Open the Chrome DevTools (Cmd + Shift + I).

Go the Sources tab and locate a JavaScript file.

Click on a line number. The line number should become highlighted in blue.

Reload the page and Chrome will halt execution when it reaches your breakpoint.

How to set breakpoins in Chrome DevTools

Similar approach should work for other browsers.

Set a breakpoint using the debugger statement

You can insert the debugger statement anywhere in your source code and Chrome DevTools (or any available debugger in the current JavaScript environment) will break just before that line. DevTools must be open for the breakpoint to be triggered.

For example, if you load a script in Chrome with the following JavaScript code:


And you open the DevTools and reload the page, Chrome will halt execution at line two.

Set conditional breakpoints

Set a breakpoint at any line.

Right click the breakpoint (works in Chrome and Jetbrains IDEs) and click Edit breakpoint.

Enter a condition / expression that must evaluate to true for the breakpoint to be triggered.

Condition breakpoints in Chrome DevTools.

Set DOM breakpoints

DOM breakpoints can be used to set breakpoints on:

  • Attribute modifications: find out what code is changing an attribute (e.g., class, id, data-*, etc).
  • Subtree modifications: find out what code is changing nodes within the element.
  • Node removal: find out what code is removing a node.

To set DOM breakpoints, right-click on an element in the Elements tab and select a breakpoint trigger:

Set DOM breakpoints.

Set event listener breakpoints

Event listener breakpoints halt execution whenever a particular event fires (e.g., click, keypress, readystatechange, setInterval, etc).

Event Listener breakpoints.

Pause on any JavaScript code

Halt execution as soon as any JavaScript is executed.

Pause on any JavaScript code.

Pause on uncaught exceptions

Pause on uncaught JavaScript exceptions.

Pause on all exceptions

Pause on all JavaScript exceptions.

Watch the values of variables / expressions

You can add variables or expressions (e.g., typeof myVar,, someFunction()) to a watch list and then watch the value change as you step through your code. This is useful when you’re trying to figure out how a variable’s value changes as your code is executed.

Watch the value of variables and expressions in Chrome DevTools.

Step through code

Step over next function call

Step over the next function call without pausing inside any nested functions.

Step into next function call

Step into the next function call and recursively into any nested functions.

Step out of current function

Step out of the current function. Useful when you want to step back up the call stack.

Open interactive console at any breakpoint

Press Esc to open the interactive console at any breakpoint. You will have access to the scope of the current breakpoint.

Open Chrome DevTools' interactive console at any breakpoint

Add scripts to ignore list

You can tell Chrome DevTools to ignore / black-box certain scripts when stepping through code. This is useful when you’re confident that a bug doesn’t lie in a certain third-party library (e.g., jQuery) and so you don’t want the debugger to step through its code.

To black box a script, open up the script in the Sources panel, right-click anywhere inside the file, and choose Add script to ignore list.

Ignore scripts in the Chrome DevTools debugger

After you’ve black-boxed a script, its frames won’t show up in the call stack. Instead, you’ll see a Show ignore-listed frames button:

Black-boxed scripts don't show up in the call stack.

Other notes

  • What is a debugger?
  • Execution pauses just before your breakpoint.
  • You can toggle breakpoints to enable / disable them individually. You can also enable / disable all breakpoints.