Debugging Django with PyDev

April 21, 2010

To debug a Django app within Eclipse, you need to start with the runserver parameter from within eclipse. You also need the --noreload parameter or else the debugger may end up attached to the wrong process.


  • Find in your source.
  • Right click it, and Debug as.../Debug Configurations
  • On the arguments tab, put runserver --noreload in the Program arguments box
  • Click debug

You should at this point see the familiar output in the console inside Eclipse:

pydev debugger: starting
Validating models...
0 errors found

Django version 1.0.2 final, using settings 'dcsweb.settings'
Development server is running at
Quit the server with CTRL-BREAK.

I had problems with something else running on port 8000, so I modified my parameters to be runserver 8001 --noreload so I was running on port 8001.

You can now set breakpoints in the code, and execution will stop when it hits them.


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