Electron Documentation

Docs / Guides / Debugging the Main Process in VSCode v1.8.4

1. Open an Electron project in VSCode.

$ git clone git@github.com:electron/electron-quick-start.git
  $ code electron-quick-start

2. Add a file .vscode/launch.json with the following configuration:

{
    "version": "0.2.0",
    "configurations": [
      {
        "name": "Debug Main Process",
        "type": "node",
        "request": "launch",
        "cwd": "${workspaceRoot}",
        "runtimeExecutable": "${workspaceRoot}/node_modules/.bin/electron",
        "windows": {
          "runtimeExecutable": "${workspaceRoot}/node_modules/.bin/electron.cmd"
        },
        "args" : ["."]
      }
    ]
  }

Note: For Windows, use "${workspaceRoot}/node_modules/.bin/electron.cmd" for runtimeExecutable.

3. Debugging

Set some breakpoints in main.js, and start debugging in the Debug View. You should be able to hit the breakpoints.

Here is a pre-configured project that you can download and directly debug in VSCode: https://github.com/octref/vscode-electron-debug/tree/master/electron-quick-start