A platform independent GPL Python debugger.
Winpdb Reborn - A GPL Python Debugger, reborn from the unmaintained Winpdb
by Philippe Fremy as maintainer, and Nir Aides as initial author
Winpdb Reborn is a portable (Windows / Linux) standalone graphical debugger for Python. It focuses on making debugging easy and does not include any IDE features. It works on both Python 2 and 3 and has very little dependencies (only WxPython for the GUI).
- graphical interface with stack/variable inspection, breakpoints and more
- breakpoints: on lines or functions, with possible conditions, load/save breakpoint info
- multi-threaded debugging
- smart handling of fork, follow parent or child
- remote debugging: GUI on one computer, program to debug on another computer with encrypted communication
- up to 20 times quicker than pdb, the default Python debugger (on which many other debuggers are built)
- debug PyPy scripts
Note: The original Winpdb was no longer maintained since the release v1.4.8 in 2010. I (Philippe Fremy) am providing a maintained version with new functionality under the Winpdb Reborn name.
- Windows XP and above
- MacOs is probably working but not tested
To run Winpdb Reborn:
- CPython 2.6 or 2.7 and WxPython 3
- or CPython 3.2 or above and WxPython 4
Note that running Winpdb with PyPy is possible, by launching rpdb2.py with pypy and using the winpdb GUI to connect to it.
Winpdb Reborn is NOT compatible with Jython or IronPython.
- First official release by Philippe Fremy
- Fix support for Python 2.7
- Drop support for Python 2.5 and WxPython 2.6, min versions are now Python 2.6 and WxPython 3.0
- rpdb2.py is now compatible with Python 3
- Add support for PyPy to Rpdb2
- Can now specify a different Python interpreter for the program under debug, allowing PyPy support
- Avoid crash on Windows when closing debugger
- Support drag’n drop of files to load source code
- Add unit-tests and a functional test suite
- Add a Continuous Integration server with travis CI
- Can adjust behavior of debugger to activate/deactivate the breakpoint before exit
- fix for launching Gnome Terminal properly
The standard way to install Winpdb Reborn is with pip, as administrator/root:
# python -m pip install winpdb-reborn
You must also install the wxPython for your version of Python:
- for Python 2, check https://sourceforge.net/projects/wxpython/files/wxPython/
- for Python 3, wxPython is automatically installed as a dependency with pip
Winpdb Reborn is not packaged yet by any linux distro. If your package manager proposes to install Winpdb, that’s the old unmaintained Winpdb which works neither with Python 2.7 nor with Python 3.
Additional installation methods
To install from a checkout or from an archive:
# python setup.py install -f
No install mode
If you don’t want to install Winpdb Reborn, you can still try it by calling it explicitely with your program to debug:
$ python /the/path/to/winpdb.py my_program.py
Where do the files go ?
The setup script copies rpdb2.py and winpdb.py modules to the Python site-packages folder. The scripts rpdb2, winpdb are copied to the Python binaries (scripts) folder. On Linux this folder is usually /usr/bin and is in the path by default. On Windows this folder is %PYTHONHOME%\Scripts, where you should see a winpdb.exe and rpdb2.exe .
If you have installed Winpdb Reborn, the simplest way to launch it is:
$ python -m winpdb my_program.py
$ winpdb my_program.py
Find out about the other command-line options with –-help .
Use the -h or --help command-line flag for command-line help.
Inside Winpdb/Rpdb2 console, use the help command for detailed description of debugger commands.
Online documentation is available at: http://www.winpdb.org/docs
An introduction to Winpdb usage, by Pr Norm Matloff: http://heather.cs.ucdavis.edu/%7Ematloff/winpdb.html
A detailed Winpdb tutorial is also available at: https://code.google.com/archive/p/winpdb/wikis/DebuggingTutorial.wiki
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