After downloading bitcoin source from github I'l try to open it in Netbeans for Mac. Please tell how to open all bitcoin project for run it with breakpoints in IDE?

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I can recommend the Qt Creator IDE or Xcode on OSX. The later has (since Xcode 8) problems auto-completing C++.

If you use Qt Creators IDE, you can also debug the Qt objects natively.

In Qt Creator, do the following:

  1. Install all dependencies
  2. git checkout https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin
  3. ./autogen.sh
  4. ./configure --enable-debug (maybe more)

  5. Then, create new project in Qt-Creator "import project from existing source".

  6. Go to project settings / run, select src/qt/bitcoin-qt (or src/bitcoin) as executable

  7. Happy debugging / coding.

  • It's working but the breakpoints did not stop process. I want to see some variables and set breakpoint in line I need to view, but when I call in bitcoin-qt console command I need, the breakpoint did not work. Please help to set it correctly. Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 9:43
  • I make "Run". And think that it is not correct. So when I make "Debug run", the IDE ask me to specify "Debugger command" and I don't know where to find it. So I think here is my fault. Please help me. Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 9:46
  • Did you select the "Executable" in the "Project settings"? Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 12:47
  • Yes. I select the "Executable". But my IDE is Netbeans, not QT. So maby your example is not fully suitable for this. Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 13:05

As Jonas said above, however ensure that daemon is NOT set to 1 in bitcoin.conf (or that it's passed as an argument on startup). If it is set, breakpoints will not be triggered (and in some cases can cause the whole program to crash).

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