VS Code - debug with npm run

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In this short article, we would like to show you how in VS Code debug Node.js application that starts with npm run command.

Simple steps

  1. configure .vscode/launch.json file:
        "version": "0.2.0",
        "configurations": [
                "command": "npm run develop",
                "name": "My Backend",
                "request": "launch",
                "type": "node-terminal"


    • change "command" value to the command you want to debug,
    • commands are available in package.json file in "scripts" part.
  2. go to Run and Debug view (or press Ctrl+Shift+d keys),
  3. select My Backend configuration,
  4. click Start Debugging button (or press F5 key).
Running debugger in VS Code.
Running debugger in VS Code.

See also

  1. VS Code - debug js file with Node.js

  2. VS Code - debug Gatsby React project in IDE on Ubuntu

Alternative titles

  1. VSCode - debug with npm run
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