Comparison of debuggers

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This is a comparison of debuggers: computer programs that are used to test and debug other programs.

Name First release Description Language OS Memory protection? Program animation? License Most recent release
adb 1977 Unix standard debugger Any compiled to machine code Unix No  ? Proprietary
Allinea DDT 2002 Allinea DDT Debugger Any compiled to machine code Linux Offers guard page for memory usage bugs Yes Proprietary 5.1, Aug 2015
GDB 1986 GNU Debugger Any compiled to machine code Unix-like systems, Windows No  ? GPL 8.0, Jun 2017
IDB 2012 Intel Debugger Any compiled to machine code Windows, Linux, OS X No  ? Proprietary 13.0.1, 2013
LLDB 2003? LLVM Debugger Any compiled to machine code macOS i386 and x86-64, Linux, FreeBSD, Windows support is coming soon No  ? BSD-Style 3.5.0, Sep 2014
mdb 1999 Solaris standard debugger (adb) successor Any compiled to machine code Solaris Yes (Memory debugger)  ? CDDL 2016
TotalView 1998 Source code and memory serial and parallel debugger C++, C, CUDA, FORTRAN, MPI, OpenMP Linux, AIX, Solaris, OS X, Cray, Blue Gene[1] Yes (Memory debugger) Yes Proprietary 2016.07, Nov 2016
Valgrind 2007? tool suite for debugging and profiling Linux programs[2] C, C++, Java, Perl, Python, assembly code, Fortran, Ada, ... Linux, Darwin (Mac OS X), Android Yes  ? GPL 3.10.1, Nov 2014
Visual Studio Debugger 1995 Debugger in Microsoft Visual Studio C++, JavaScript, .net languages Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2[4], Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 Yes,(Managed) Yes Proprietary March 7, 2017
XPEDITER 1980? family of mainframe debuggers COBOL, PL/1 & Assembler z/OS Yes (CICS) Yes Proprietary z2.1, Oct 2014

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