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 * [[http://gede.acidron.com|Gede]] - Gede is a graphical frontend (GUI) to GDB written in Qt.

GDB front ends and other tools

1. GDB Front Ends

Here's a partial list of front ends using GDB. If you know of others, please add a link.

1.1. Using modern GDB/MI

GDB/MI is a line based machine oriented text interface to GDB. It is specifically intended to support the development of systems which use the debugger as component of a larger system. See The GDB/MI Interface in the GDB manual.

  • BVRDE - A fully integrated development environment (IDE) for remote cross-platform compiling and debugging of UNIX and LINUX console applications. BVRDE runs on a Windows platform, but compiles and debugs applications on UNIX systems.

  • Eclipse CDT (C/C++ Development Tooling) - The CDT Project provides a fully functional C and C++ Integrated Development Environment based on the Eclipse platform.

  • Eclipse's Standalone Debugger - Starts up a subset of Eclipse CDT plugins specifically to C/C++ debugging, plus a command-line script which allows an end-user to start up the debugger from the command-line and pass arguments that will start the debugger for the appropriate task.

  • KDevelop - A feature-full, plugin extensible, free, open source IDE for C/C++. Runs on Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and other Unix flavors, and Windows as well. It is based on KDE and Qt libraries and is under development since 1998.

  • NetBeans - Although this is the official IDE for Java, it can do C/C++, Fortran and Assembly too. It is plugin extensible, and you'll find plugins that extend the GDB integration, like e.g., the GDBserver plugin here.

  • Nemiver - An easy to use standalone C/C++ debugger that integrates well in the GNOME environment.

  • Pyclewn - Pyclewn allows using vim as a front end to a debugger.

  • WinGDB - Debugging with GDB under Visual Studio

  • CodeLite - An open source, free, cross platform IDE for the C/C++ programming languages which runs best on all major Platforms ( OSX, Windows and Linux ).

  • Qt Creator - Qt Creator is a cross-platform IDE (integrated development environment) tailored to the needs of Qt developers. It is part of the Qt Project.

  • GNU Emacs (24 and beyond) - See GDB Graphical Interface in the Emacs manual. GDB is just a M-x gdb away.

  • SlickEdit - SlickEdit is a cross-platform, multi-language code editor that gives programmers the ability to code in over 50 languages on 9 platforms, that supports C++ debugging using GDB.

  • Gede - Gede is a graphical frontend (GUI) to GDB written in Qt.

1.2. Using the old (deprecated) annotations mechanism (please fix them!)

  • Code::Blocks - A free C, C++ and Fortran IDE, with a consistent look, feel and operation across platforms. Designed to be very extensible and fully configurable.

  • GNU Emacs (prior to 24)

  • GNU DDD - A graphical front-end for command-line debuggers (GDB, Perl, bash, GNU Make, Python, etc.). Besides "usual" front-end features such as viewing source texts, DDD has become famous through its interactive graphical data display, where data structures are displayed as graphs.

  • CGDB - cgdb is a lightweight curses (terminal-based) interface. In addition to the standard gdb console, cgdb provides a split screen view that displays the source code as it executes. The keyboard interface is modelled after vim, so vim users should feel at home using cgdb.

  • KDbg (using plain CLI) - A graphical user interface to gdb. Provides an intuitive interface for setting breakpoints, inspecting variables, and stepping through code. Requires KDE, but you can of course debug any program.

1.3. Built-in/linked-with GDB

  • GDB TUI - GDB's own built-in curses interface, just a ctrl-x a away.

  • Insight - A Tcl/Tk GUI with very tight GDB integration.

  • FreePascal's Lazarus - A Delphi compatible cross-platform IDE for Rapid Application Development. It has variety of components ready for use and a graphical form designer to easily create complex graphical user interfaces.

2. Other tools that extend GDB

  • PGDB - PGDB is a parallel/distributed debugger, based upon GDB, designed for debugging MPI jobs on a cluster.

3. Libraries

Here's a partial list of libraries that interface with GDB. If you know of others, please add a link.

3.1. Thin GDB/MI wrappers

These are reusable libraries that provide a programmatic GDB/MI interface, so you can create a GDB frontend without writing an MI parser, etc. You can also look at the source code for the frontends above, and consider reusing their MI bits.

gdbwire - C library.

libmigdb - C library.

3.2. GDB's own libgdb.a

This is just the whole of GDB built as a library. This is how FreePascal's Lazarus wraps GDB.

Note libgdb.a is not built by default, you need to run "make libgdb.a".

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