This section covers some helpful debugging tips within the Veloren project. This should help if you wish to explore the code base at runtime, or work on implementing a feature.

Compiling With Debug Symbols

In order for debug symbols to be generated for the project, the debuginfo profile must be used. You can build the project with debug symbols included by running this command:

cargo build --profile debuginfo

Visual Studio Code

Follow this guide to setup your VS Code installation.

After that make the following modifications to launch.json (remember to build with the cargo command listed above!)

  "version": "0.2.0",
  "configurations": [
      "name": "(Windows) Launch",
      "type": "cppvsdbg",
      "request": "launch",
      "program": "${workspaceRoot}\\target\\debuginfo\\veloren-voxygen.exe",
      "args": [],
      "stopAtEntry": false,
      "cwd": "${workspaceRoot}",
      "environment": [],
      "externalConsole": true
      "name": "(OSX) Launch",
      "type": "lldb",
      "request": "launch",
      "program": "${workspaceRoot}/target/debuginfo/veloren-voxygen",
      "args": [],
      "cwd": "${workspaceRoot}"

JetBrains Integrated Development Environments

Please do note that debugging on JetBrains IDEs is only supported on a small subset of their products (like CLion or IntelliJ Idea Ultimate). Visit this link for further information.

Install This plugin in your IDE (either via File -> Settings -> Plugins [Ctrl + Alt + x], or via your browser) and open your rust project in the IDE.

Click the button "Add Configuration..." in the upper right corner. This will open a window giving you the ability to create launch / debug profiles.

Click the little "+" button and select "Cargo in the dropdown". This will create you a launch profile.

Edit the "Name" field however you want. Then here's the interesting part : Editing the "Command" field

By default, the "Command" field should have "run" in it, keep it and add "--bin {bin} --profile debuginfo" where bin is the name of the binary to debug (veloren-server-cli, veloren-voxygen, ...).

The "Command" field should then contain something similar to "run --bin veloren-server-cli --profile=debuginfo".

If you have any question, please reach out to me (infrandomness#4003) on the Veloren Discord server.


Note: Some users have reported needing to run VSCode as an administrator for debugging to work correctly. If you notice an error message similar to below, then try re-running VSCode as administrator.

Unable to open '': Unable to read file (Error: File not found