Debugging with Visual Studio Code

You can super charge your React debugging workflow via VS Code and Chrome. Here are the steps:

  1. Install the Debugger for Chrome extension in VS Code.
  2. Add the Launch Chrome option to your launch.json config:
"version": "0.2.0",
"configurations": [
"type": "chrome",
"request": "launch",
"name": "Launch Chrome",
"url": "http://localhost:3000",
"webRoot": "${workspaceRoot}/app",
"sourceMapPathOverrides": {
"webpack:///./app/*": "${webRoot}/*",
"webpack:///app/*": "${webRoot}/*"
  1. Start your dev server with npm run start.
  2. Launch the VS Code Debugger with the Launch Chrome configuration.

You can then set breakpoints directly from inside VS Code, use stepping with the Chrome or VS Code buttons and more.

Read all about it in the Debugger for Chrome page.

Note: There's currently a known problem with source maps and VS Code. You can change your Webpack dev config to use inline-source-map instead of eval-source-map and the issue should be resolved.

Debugging with WebStorm

WebStorm is a powerful IDE, and why not also use it as debugger tool? Here are the steps:

  1. Install JetBrain Chrome Extension
  2. Setting up the PORT
  3. Change WebPack devtool config to source-map (This line)
  4. Run web server (npm run start)
  5. Create Run Configuration (Run > Edit Configurations)
  6. Add new JavaScript Debug
  7. Setting up URL
  8. Start Debug (Click the green bug button)
  9. Edit Run Configuration Again
  10. Mapping Url as below picture
    • Map your root directory with webpack://. (please note the last dot)
    • Map your build directory with your root path (e.g. http://localhost:3000)
  11. Hit OK and restart debugging session

How to debug using WebStorm


  1. You miss the last . (dot) in webpack://.
  2. The port debugger is listening tool and the JetBrain extension is mismatch.

Enable ESLint

ESLint helps developers on a team follow the same coding format. It's highly recommended to set it up in your IDE to avoid failing the linting step in tests.

  1. Go to WebStorm Preferences
  2. Search for ESLint
  3. Click Enable

Setting up ESLint