How To Run .exe In Debug Mode Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

How to run .exe in debug mode microsoft visual studio 2008?
Here are few solutions I got for Running .exe in debug mode using the Windows debugger.

Using Devenv

Devenv allows you to set various options for the integrated development environment (IDE);


Loads a Visual C++ executable under the control of the debugger. This switch is not available for Visual Basic or Visual C# executable.

Example : if your win32 binary executable name is test.exe then, to run this win32 binary in debug mode use this command on windows command prompt.

C:\tmp>devenv /DebugExe test.exe

Your default debugger will start and loads this binary for debug mode. Then just hit F10 Key to go to main function. For Now on your debugging starts, ie to step into function use F11 key, you can put breakpoints and all debugging stuff.
I assume that you have compiled the binary test.exe with debug flag enabled, else debugger will not find the debug symbols and will not load the code.

Using Image File Execution Options

To setup an application to launch the debugger automatically.
How to: Launch the Debugger Automatically
the Image File Execution Options folder, locate the name of the application you want to debug, such as myapp.exe. If you cannot find the application you want to debug:

  1. right-click the Image File Execution Options folder, and on the shortcut menu, click New Key.
  2. Right-click the new key, and on the shortcut menu, click Rename.
  3. Edit the key name to the name of your application; myapp.exe, in this example.

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How to open a file, and go to a line number
devenv /edit E:\code.cpp /command “edit.goto 45”

In this example, devenv will open the code.cpp file, and go to line 45.

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