Visual Studio Code

Basic Setup


If it's your first time using the extension, please click signup and create your login credentials.

You can use these credentials to login to our VSCode extension.

Applications Pane

Once you login you'd see these 3 panes. The first of these is Applications Pane which mentions all your applications running with the heimdall agent. Click on the checkbox here to select this application and add a trace point.

Probes Pane

Here you'd see the list of active tracepoints and logpoints.

Snapshot Hits Pane

Here you'd see the tracepoint snapshots captured by your tracepoints.

Adding a probe

  1. Select the application you want to inspect in Applications Pane.

  2. In the VScode editor, right click on the line you want to add a trace point on and select CtrlB: Add Trace Point or CtrlB: Add Log Point.

  3. A form opens up in the extension. There are some configuration options available as described below. Finally click Put Trace Point or Put Log Point

Configuration for probe


  • Hit limit: The tracepoint would be automatically removed after being triggered these many times.

  • Lifetime: (in seconds). The tracepoint would be automatically removed after this much time.

  • Conditional Expression: Use this if you want the tracepoint to be triggered only when a certain condition matches. You can use the context of active variables to build conditions like: req.query.userid=="some alpha value"

Conditional Expressions:

To read more about what conditions are supported refer to the page on Conditional Expressions


All the config options of tracepoint are allowed in logpoint. Additionally you have the following:

  • Log Expression: The expression that you want to log. You can specify some variable that you want logged here using curly braces like: The userId is {{request.userId}}.

  • Log Level: Select the level of logging.

  • Stdout Enabled: When this is enabled, your application would have this log on its stdout.

View Snapshots

TracePoint snaphots

Click on the Snapshot Hits pane at the top. Here you would see all the tracepoint snapshots captured. Click on any captured snapshot and you will see the variables and call stack here.

LogPoint events

With the stdout enabled while setting the logpoint, you can see the dynamic logs right inside you application.

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