Overview of debugging tools¶
When developing your game, you want to test your game and debug when problems occurr. Godot provides several debugging options and tools which aid your debugging process. There are the debug dropdown options, Script editor debug options, debug project settings, and the debugger.
Debug dropdown options¶
There are a few options that you can enable when running your game in the editor which can help you in debugging your game.
These options are located in
DEBUG in the main menus.
Here are the descriptions of the options:
Deploy with Remote Debug¶
When exporting and deploying, the resulting executable will attempt to connect to the IP of your computer, in order to be debugged.
Small Deploy with Network FS¶
Export or deploy will produce minimal executable. The filesystem will be provided from the project by the editor over the network. On Android, deploy will use the USB cable for faster performance. This option speeds up testing for games with a large footprint.
Visible Collision Shapes¶
Collision shapes and raycast nodes(for 2D and 3D) will be visible on the running game.
Sync Scene Changes¶
Any changes made to the scene in the editor will be replicated in the running game. When used remotely on a device, this is more efficient with network filesystem.
Sync Script Changes¶
Any script that is saved will be reloaded on the running game. When used remotely on a device, this is more efficient with network filesystem.
Script editor debug tools and options¶
The script editor has its own set of debug tools for use with breakpoints, and two options. The breakpoint tools can also be found in the “Debugger” tab of the debugger.
Break button causes a break in the script like a breakpoint would.
makes the game continue after pausing at a breakpoint.
Step Over goes to the next
line of code, and
Step Into goes into a function if possible, otherwise it does the
same thing as
Keep Debugger Open option keeps the debugger open after a scene has been closed.
Debug with External Editor option lets you debug your game with an external
Debug project settings¶
In the project settings there is a “Debug” category with three sub categories which control different things.
These are some general settings such as printing the current FPS to the Output panel, the maximum ammount of functions when profiling and others.
These settings allow you to turn specific GDScript warnings, such as an unused variable, on or off. You can also turn off warnings completely.
Shapes is where you can adjust the color of shapes that only appear for debugging purposes, such as collision and navigation shapes.
Debugger can be found in Godot’s bottom panel. Click on it and the panel expands
to show all the debugging tools.
There are multiple parts of the debugger, each is for a specific task.
The debugger tab is for working with breakpoints in the script. When a script reaches a breakpoint this panel gives you information on it.
The buttons in the top right can be used respectively to:
- Skip all defined breakpoints, without removing them (so you can toggle them on or off while testing).
- Copy the current error message.
- Step Into goes to the next line of code, and if it’s a function, it step line by line through the function.
- Step Over goes to the next line of code, but does not go down into function code.
- Break pauses the game like a breakpoint would.
- Continue resumes the game after a breakpoint or pause.
This is where errors and warning messages are printed while running the game.
Profiles the performance of any function call in the running game.
The Network Profiler contains a list of all the nodes that communicate over the multiplayer API and, for each one, some counters on the amount of incoming and outgoing network interactions. It also features a bandwidth meter that displays the total bandwidth usage at any given moment
The monitors are graphs of several aspects of the game while its running such as FPS, memory usage, how many nodes are in a scene and more. All monitors keep track of stats automatically, so even if one monitor isn’t open while the game is running, you can open it later and see how the values changed.
Video Mem list the video memory usage of the running game and which resource is using it.
Miscellaneous options for debug.
Remote in Scene dock¶
When running a game in the editor two options appear at the top of the
Local. While using
Remote you can inspect or change the nodes’ parameters
in the running game.
Some editor settings related to debugging can be found inside the
Editor Settings, under Network>Debug and Debugger sections.