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You can use the Lua Debugger extension to debug Lua programs with Visual Studio Code.


  • You should be able to use luasocket in a Lua program to be debugged.
  • You should be able to use a JSON library in a Lua program to be debugged.
    cjson and dkjson are recommended, but you can use other JSON libraries whose interfaces are compatible.
  • Your code or third party library should not call debug.sethook.


In order to debug Lua programs with Lua Debugger, you have to put vscode-debuggee.lua in the program to be debugged.
If you have used mobdebug, you are familiar with it.

Debugger Connection

  1. Download vscode-debuggee.lua and put it in your project.

  2. Paste the following code into your program to run after all the Lua source code is loaded.
    Depending on which JSON library you are using, you may need to modify your code accordingly.

local json = require 'dkjson'
local debuggee = require 'vscode-debuggee'
local startResult, breakerType = debuggee.start(json)
print('debuggee start ->', startResult, breakerType)
  1. Open the folder that contains the program you want to debug in Visual Studio Code, open the Debug window with Ctrl-Shift-D, and edit the debugging settings accordingly.

  2. Set the breakpoint by pressing F9 at the appropriate location in the program to be debugged.

  3. Press the F5 key to start debugging.

Setting to Enter the Debugger When an Error Occurs

Paste the following code at the location where you want to handle the error.

        -- Code to actually run
        local a = 1 + nil
        if debuggee.enterDebugLoop(1, e) then
            -- ok
            -- If the debugger is not attached, enter here.

Enabling Debug Commands to be Processed During Execution

To enable the Lua program to respond to commands from the debugger, such as setting a pause or a breakpoint, while running, set the following code to be called at appropriate intervals.

If your project is a game client, you can call it every frame.


Gideros Support

You can run Gideros Player directly from Visual Studio Code.
Please refer to the 'launch-gideros' section of the debugging settings.

Remote Debugging

If you set the debugging setting to wait and start debugging, Visual Studio Code will wait for a debuggee without executing one.
This is useful if you want to see the string that the debugging target leaves on the console, or if the debugger and the debugging target must be running on different machines.


Basically Vscode-debuggee.lua drops the speed of running Lua programs because it implements the breakpoint mechanism using debug.sethook.
This performance degradation can be overcome by applying a simple patch to the Lua VM.



  • The OP_HALT patch relies heavily on the work mentioned in the Lua mailing list. Thanks to Dan Tull.

  • We got an idea from mobdebug about how to connect the debuggee to the debugger. Thanks to Paul Kulchenko.

  • Thanks to Google Translator for translating this article!

vscode-debuggee.lua Reference

debuggee.start(jsonLib, config)

Connect with the debugger. jsonLib is a JSON library containing .encode and .decode functions.
Config.onError is a callback to receive when an error occurs in the vscode-debuggee module.
Config.connectTimeout, config.controllerHost, and config.controllerPort are settings for remote debugging. If config.redirectPrint is true, the print call is intercepted and displayed in the Visual Studio Code output window. Use this item if you want Gideros to print the results of a print called just before the breakpoint.

debuggee.start returns two values. The first return value is true if it is normally connected to the debugger, otherwise it is false. If the OP_HALT patch is applied in the current Lua VM, the second return value is 'halt', otherwise it is 'pure'.


Processes queued debugging commands and returns immediately.

debuggee.enterDebugLoop(depth[, what])

Stops running the Lua program and start debugging from the current location.
depth specifies the relative depth of the stack to indicate where the debugger is currently running. 0 means the place to call debuggee.enterDebugLoop, and 1 means a step shallow.
what is the message you want to pass to the Visual Studio Code as you start debugging.

debuggee.print(category, ...)

Prints text on vscode debug console. category colorize print text, you can choose log, warning, or error.

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