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Testing Vue apps in VS Code


Vue.js debugging in Chrome and VS Code

by Kenneth Auchenberg

This recipe shows how to use the Debugger for Chrome extension with VS Code to debug Vue.js applications generated by the Vue CLI.

Notice: Please be aware that we have found issues with the sourcemaps generated by vue-cli, which are causing problems for the debugging experience in VS Code. See

Getting Started

  1. Make sure to have Google Chrome installed in its default location.

  2. Make sure to the latest version of Debugger for Chrome extension installed in VS Code.

  3. Use NPM to install vue-cli

    npm install -g vue-cli
  4. Use Vue CLI to create a new Vue.js app.

    vue init webpack vuejs-webpack-project
  5. Change to the newly created application directory and open VS Code.

    cd vuejs-webpack-project
    code .

Update your webpack configuration

Before you can debug your Vue components from VS Code you need to update the generated webpack config to build sourcemaps that contains more information for our debugger.

  • Go to config/index.js and find the devtool property. Update it to:
devtool: 'source-map',

Make sure you updated both your build and dev configuration!

Configure launch.json File

  1. Click on the Debugging icon in the Activity Bar to bring up the Debug view. Then click on the gear icon to configure a launch.json file, selecting Chrome for the environment:


  2. Replace content of the generated launch.json with the following two configurations:

    "version": "0.2.0",
    "configurations": [
            "type": "chrome",
            "request": "launch",
            "name": "vuejs: chrome",
            "url": "http://localhost:8080",
            "webRoot": "${workspaceFolder}/src",
            "breakOnLoad": true,
            "sourceMapPathOverrides": {
                "webpack:///src/*": "${webRoot}/*"

Start Debugging

  1. Set a breakpoint in src/components/HelloWorld.vue on line 90 where the data function returns a string.


  1. Open your favorite terminal at the root folder and serve the app using Vue CLI:
npm start
  1. Go to the Debug view, select the 'vuejs: chrome' configuration, then press F5 or click the green play button.

  2. Your breakpoint should now be hit as the new instance of Chrome opens http://localhost:8080.


  1. Party 🎉🔥
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