vscode-cortex-debug (Install)

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0.3.1 | Updated: 27 Jul 2019



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vscode-cortex-debug (Install) 0.3.1

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To install vscode-cortex-debug (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade vscode-cortex-debug (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall vscode-cortex-debug (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


Deployment Method:

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1. Enter Your Internal Repository Url

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2. Setup Your Environment

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Please see the organizational deployment guide

2. Get the package into your environment

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    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Copy Your Script

choco upgrade vscode-cortex-debug -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade vscode-cortex-debug -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" 

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Install vscode-cortex-debug
    name: vscode-cortex-debug
    version: '0.3.1'
    state: present

See docs at https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/modules/win_chocolatey_module.html.

chocolatey_package 'vscode-cortex-debug' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  '0.3.1'

See docs at https://docs.chef.io/resource_chocolatey_package.html.

cChocoPackageInstaller vscode-cortex-debug
    Name     = "vscode-cortex-debug"
    Version  = "0.3.1"
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at https://github.com/chocolatey/cChoco.

package { 'vscode-cortex-debug':
  ensure   => '0.3.1',
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  source   => 'INTERNAL REPO URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at https://forge.puppet.com/puppetlabs/chocolatey.

4. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 29 Jul 2019.


Cortex Debug

Visual Studio Code with Cortex-Debug Installed

Debugging support for ARM Cortex-M Microcontrollers with the following features:

  • Support J-Link, OpenOCD GDB Server
  • Partial support for PyOCD and textane/stlink (st-util) GDB Servers (SWO can only be captured via a serial port)
  • Initial support for the Black Magic Probe (This has not been as heavily tested; SWO can only be captured via a serial port)
  • Cortex Core Register Viewer
    • In some cases the st-util GDB server can report incomplete/incorrect registers, so there may be some issues here.
  • Peripheral Register Viewer (Defined through standard SVD file)
  • SWO Decoding - "console" text output and binary data (signed and unsigned 32-bit integers, Q16.16 fixed point integers, single percision floating point values)
    • The registers that are part of the DWT, TPIU, and ITM debug components will automatically be configured and do not need to be set in firmware.
    • Firmware may still need to enable the SWO output pin - as this part of the setup is microcontroller dependant.
    • Decoding ETM data over the SWO pin is not currently supported.
  • Support for Custom ITM Data Decoders:
    • Ability to define JavaScript modules to decode complex data formats streamed over one or more ITM ports. Data can be printed to a output window, or sent to the graphing system.
  • Live graphing of decoded ITM data.
  • Raw Memory Viewer ("Cortex-Debug: View Memory" command)
  • Ability to view and step through the disassembled binary. There are three ways that disassembled code will be shown:
    • Disassembly code will automatically be shown if it cannot locate the corresponding source code.
    • You can manually see the disassembly for a particular function ("Cortex-Debug: View Disassembly (Function)" command)
    • You can set the debugger to always show show disassembly ("Cortex-Debug: Set Force Disassembly" command)
  • Globals and Static scopes in the variables view
  • Initial support for Rust code (most functionality is working; disassembly views and variables view may still have issues)
  • RTOS Support (J-Link and OpenOCD - RTOS supported depends on GDB server support)
    • As a general rule do not try to use stepping instructions before the scheduler of your RTOS has started - in many cases this tends to crash the GDB servers or leave it in an inconsistent state.

Planned Features

  • Additional Graphing Options
  • Enhanced SVD Auto-selection
  • Semihosting Support




See https://marcelball.ca/projects/cortex-debug/ for usage information


Parts of this extension are based upon Jan Jurzitza's (WebFreak) code-debug extension (https://github.com/WebFreak001/code-debug). His project provided an excellent base for GDB MI parsing and interaction.

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