WinGDB 1.20

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WinGDB 1.20

WinGDB is an extension for Visual Studio IDE allowing to debug processes with GDB debugger, using native Visual Studio debugging user interface. There are two editions:

  • WinGDB for remote Linux debugging: Allows debugging on remote machines running Linux (or other Unix systems).
  • WinGDB for Cygwin/MinGW/Embedded Targets: Allows debugging programs compiled by Cygwin/MinGW on Windows, or embedded system targets.

There are many environments and toolchains for embedded systems development based on GNU tools. While the WinGDB/MinGW edition is generally usable for debugging on these platforms, it may not work with your environment, or have problems.


  • An Add-In for the Visual Studio IDE providing integration with the VS debugger interface.
  • Remote connection to the target machine over SSH.
  • Support for the GDB debugger as a backend (support for other debuggers is planned for the future).
  • Seamless integration with native Visual Studio projects.
  • Embedded systems support.
  • Cygwin support.
  • MinGW support.
  • The "Attach to process" command, allowing attaching to remote processes with GDB. The process to attach can be selected using a remote process browser. Also the additional source directories, debug file directory and shared libraries parameters can be specified. Beside custom script can be executed after debugger has been initialized.
  • Remote build – run makefile (it may be any command, it doesn’t have to be make only) on remote machine. The output of compiler/linker dumps to VisualStudio Console/Task-Window. User can comfortably navigate between errors and easily browse source files (they will be automatically downloaded from remote host).
  • Mapping source directories allows to map local directories with source code to their remote equivalents.
  • Remote source code browsing in the Visual Studio editor. The files are fetched as needed using SCP protocol and cached over a session.
  • Remote creation/edition of the source code in the Visual Studio editor. Edited file is automatically sent back to the target machine after saving it.
  • Custom scripts for additional configuration (useful for embedded devices).
  • Visualizers (aka "pretty printers" or "auto expanders").
  • Basic debugger commands: Run, Step over/into/out, Break All, Continue, Run to cursor, Set Next Statement.
  • Breakpoint setting in remote source files browsed locally.
  • Breakpoint setting by function name or through call-stack window.
  • Additional breakpoint properties: conditions, hit counting, temporary disabling.
  • Data breakpoint (write-watchpoint in GDB nomenclature).
  • Call stack window.
  • Watch window.
  • Auto / Locals window.
  • Processes window.
  • Modules window.
  • Threads window.
  • Memory window.
  • Registers window.
  • Signals window.
  • Disassembler view.


  • Visualizers (aka pretty-printers) support for GDB 7.0 and above.
  • Improved embedded systems support, incl. proper breaking.
  • Debugging options are now stored per project and solution.
  • Easy one-click "Start debugging" option.
  • WinGDB context menu for Solution Explorer projects.
  • Cygwin support.
  • A crash handler, for reporting crashes in WinGDB.
  • Sources for remote debugging can be loaded from separate host.
  • Pointers can be expanded to view target object in the Locals and other windows.
  • ‘Suppress init files’ option in Preferences.
  • Improvements in handling source paths.
  • List views: keep widths between sessions.
  • Fixed: All commands allowed in custom scripts.
  • Fixed: matching non-full paths.
  • Fixed: crashes related to Autos Window.
  • Fixed: breakpoints for non-full gdb paths.
  • Fixed: reassigning disassembly breakpoints after restart session.
  • Fixed: proper error when cannot connect to target.
  • Fixed: BusyBox issues.


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