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app erdb

A debugger for rust on embedded systems

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0.2.2 Oct 16, 2022
0.2.1 Oct 16, 2022
0.2.0 Oct 1, 2022

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Embedded Rust Debugger (erdb)

A debugger for rust on embedded systems.

Erdb currently only work on Linux. It is only tested on a STM32F411RETx dev board.


  • Flash target.
  • Continue, halt, step, and reset program.
  • Set and clear hardware breakpoints.
  • Print variables, registers, MCU status, and more.
  • Print stack trace.
  • Disassemble machine code.


cargo install --path .


Erdb has the two following modes:

  • CLI mode - Starts a TUI in the terminal.
  • Server mode - Starts a DAP server.

Erdb will start in CLI mode by default. More information on the two modes in the subsections bellow.

CLI Mode

Start erdb with the following command:


NOTE: Almost all sub commands have an alias, which is usually first letter of each word in the sub command. Examples: target c = target continue, info st = info stack-trace.

Erdb requires the $3$ following configurations:

  • chip - Type of chip, example STM32F411RETx.
  • work-directory - The absolute path to the root of the project directory.
  • elf-file - The absolute path to the compiled binary/elf file.

Which can be set using the config command.

But, the easiest way to use erdb, is to make a shell script that starts erdb and sets all $3$ configurations. It would look something like this:

erdb --chip STM32F411RETx \
--work-directory /home/niklas/exjobb/nucleo64-rtic-examples \
--binary-file-path /home/niklas/exjobb/nucleo64-rtic-examples/target/thumbv7em-none-eabi/debug/nucleo-rtic-blinking-led

Server Mode

To start erdb as a DAP server use the following command:

erdb -m server

It is recommended to use flag -v for more server logs.

Erdb use port 8800 by default, however this can be changed with the flag -p <port>.

Crate rust-debug

Erdb is built using the debug crate rust-debug. Therefore, this is a great example of how to use that crate.


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