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Debugging both Typescript and C# with Angular AspNetCore.SpaTemplates

by John Pankowicz

This recipe shows how to use both the Debugger for Chrome extension and the C# for Visual Studio Code extention together to debug a C#/Typescript application generated by the Angular AspNetCore.SpaTemplates.

Prerequisites to install

Getting Started

  • To install the Single Page Application (SPA) templates, run the following command:

    dotnet new --install Microsoft.AspNetCore.SpaTemplates::*
  • Use SpaTemplates to create a new Angular application.

    mkdir my-app
    cd my-app
    dotnet new amgular
  • Restore dependencies

    dotnet restore
    npm install
  • Open VS Code.

    code .

Vscode might ask: "Required assets to build and debug are missing from your project. Add them?" If so, choose Yes. This will add a .vscode directory with a launch.json and tasks.json file.

Configure launch.json File

  • Click on the Debugging icon in the Activity Bar to bring up the Debug view. Then click on the gear icon to configure a launch.json file:

  • Add the following configurations to the "configurations" array:

     "version": "0.2.0",
     "configurations": [
              "name": ".NET Core Launch (full)",
              "type": "coreclr",
              "request": "launch",
              "preLaunchTask": "build",
              // If you have changed target frameworks, make sure to update the program path.
              "program": "${workspaceFolder}/bin/Debug/netcoreapp2.0/spa.dll",
              "args": [],
              "cwd": "${workspaceFolder}",
              "stopAtEntry": false,
              "internalConsoleOptions": "openOnSessionStart",
              "launchBrowser": {
                  "enabled": false
              "env": {
                  "ASPNETCORE_ENVIRONMENT": "Development"
              "sourceFileMap": {
                  "/Views": "${workspaceFolder}/Views"
              "type": "chrome",
              "request": "launch",
              "name": "Chrome",
              "url": "http://localhost:5000",
              "webRoot": "${workspaceFolder}/wwwroot"
      "compounds": [
              "name": "Full stack",
              "configurations": [".NET Core Launch (full)", "Chrome"]

    Start Debugging

  • Set a Typescript breakpoint in ClientApp\app\components\counter\counter.component.ts on the line:

  • Set a C# breakpoint in Controllers\SampleDataController.cs on the line:

    var rng = new Random();
  • Go to to the Debug view, select the 'Full stack' configuration, then press F5 or click the green arrow.

  • When a browser opens with the sample application, click "Counter" in the left navigation bar. Click "Increment". You should then hit the Typescript breakpoint:

    Typescript breakpoint

  • Hit F5 or the green arrow in VSCode to continue execution.

  • Click "Fetch Data" in the left navigation bar. You should then hit the C# breakpoint.

    C# breakpoint