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Dart DevTools

Dart DevTools is a suite of debugging and performance tools for Dart and Flutter. These tools are distributed in IDEs, the flutter tool, the webdev tool, and the devtools package.

The following table shows which tools you can use with common Dart app types.

  Flutter mobile or desktop Flutter web Other web Command-line
Debugger done done done done
Logging view done done done done
App size tool done     done
CPU profiler done     done
Memory view done     done
Network view done     done
Performance view done     done
Flutter inspector done done    

For information about using Dart DevTools with each app type (for example, command-line apps), click the app type in the top row. For details about individual tools (for example, the debugger), click the tool name in the left column.

As the table shows, the debugger and the logging view are the only parts of Dart DevTools that are available to all app types. Web apps can’t use the timeline, memory, and performance views; instead, they can use browser tools such as the Chrome DevTools. The Flutter inspector works only for Flutter apps; other web apps should use browser tools such as the Chrome DevTools.

Using DevTools with a Flutter app

For details on using DevTools with a Flutter app for any platform (including web) see the DevTools documentation on flutter.dev.

Using DevTools with a non-Flutter web app

To launch a web app so that you can use Dart DevTools, use the webdev serve command with the --debug or --debug-extension flag:

$ webdev serve --debug

For more information, see Debugging Dart web apps.

Using DevTools with a command-line app

You can use DevTools to perform source-level debugging or to view general log and diagnostics information for a running command-line app.

1. Start the target app

Use the dart run --observe command to execute the main file for the Dart command-line app that you want to debug or observe. Optionally add --pause-isolates-on-start, which automatically breaks execution at the start of the script.

$ cd path/to/dart/app
$ dart run --pause-isolates-on-start --observe main.dart

Observatory listening on http://127.0.0.1:8181/SzEylE7vt7w=/
The Dart DevTools debugger and profiler is available at: http://127.0.0.1:8181/SzEylE7vt7w=/devtools/#/?uri=ws%3A%2F%2F127.0.0.1%3A8181%2FSzEylE7vt7w%3D%2Fws

Note the Dart DevTools debugger and profiler URL. You’ll need it in the next step.

2. Open DevTools and connect to the target app

Copy the Dart DevTools debugger and profiler URL, and paste it into the address bar of a Chrome browser window.

When you visit that URL in Chrome, the Dart DevTools UI appears, displaying information about the target app. Click Debugger to start debugging the app.

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