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Inspired by an older library, debug-repl is a debug repl implemented as an nrepl middleware. It allows you to set breakpoints that cause the execution to stop and switches the repl to evaluate code in the context of the breakpoint.


Add the dependency and the middleware, e.g. in your :user profile:

:dependencies [[com.gfredericks/debug-repl "0.0.12"]]

Then when you're ready to set breakpoints:

user> (require '[com.gfredericks.debug-repl :refer [break! unbreak!]])
user> (let [x 41] (break!))
Hijacking repl for breakpoint: unnamed
user> (inc x)
user> (unbreak!)


The unbreak!! function (with two !s) will cancel all further breakpoints for the remainder of the original evaluation's scope.


A macro which will break only if the wrapped code throws an exception.


There's also an async version of the debug-repl, for use in contexts where you cannot call the function directly (e.g. in a web request or worker queue).

user> (require '[com.gfredericks.debug-repl.async :refer [break! unbreak! wait-for-break]])
user> (defn handler [req] (break!) {:status 200})
user> (def srv (future (run-jetty handler {:port 8080})))
2019-06-22 13:29:31.400:INFO:oejs.Server:clojure-agent-send-off-pool-0: jetty-9.4.12.v20180830; built: 2018-08-30T13:59:14.071Z; git: 27208684755d94a92186989f695db2d7b21ebc51; jvm 1.8.0_202-b08
user> (wait-for-breaks) ; At this point I opened my browser to http://localhost:8080
Hijacking repl for breakpoint: unnamed
user> req
{:ssl-client-cert nil, :protocol "HTTP/1.1", :remote-addr "", :headers {"host" "localhost:8080", "user-agent" "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:67.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/67.0", "cookie" "__stripe_mid=d277c210-219f-4aa7-8fe7-b23715befe83", "connection" "keep-alive", "upgrade-insecure-requests" "1", "accept" "text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8", "accept-language" "en-GB,en-US;q=0.7,en;q=0.3", "accept-encoding" "gzip, deflate", "dnt" "1", "cache-control" "max-age=0"}, :server-port 8080, :content-length nil, :content-type nil, :character-encoding nil, :uri "/", :server-name "localhost", :query-string nil, :body #object[org.eclipse.jetty.server.HttpInputOverHTTP 0x6710feb8 "HttpInputOverHTTP@6710feb8[c=0,q=0,[0]=null,s=STREAM]"], :scheme :http, :request-method :get}
user> (unbreak!)

nREPL compatibility

A major change in the nREPL ecosystem around 2018 resulted in a confusing situation for dev setups involving a composition of different nREPL-based tools. Because the maven artefact id change (org.clojure/nrepl -> nrepl/nrepl) and the base namespace changed -> nrepl), it is possible to have both the old version and the new version of nREPL on the classpath at the same time, with the possibility that some tools expect to use one and some tools expect to use the other.

debug-repl assumes the old version of nREPL for versions 0.0.9 and earlier, and supports both as of version 0.0.10; if it happens that both versions are on your classpath, debug-repl will optimistically pick the newer version; however, likely the best situation is to figure out how to only have the newer version on your classpath.


  • Implement (throw! ex-fn) for unbreaking and causing the original execution to throw an exception.


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