Install and run DevTools from VS Code

Install the VS Code extensions

To use the DevTools from VS Code, you need the Dart extension. If you’re debugging Flutter applications, you should also install the Flutter extension.

Start an application to debug

Start a debug session for your application by opening the root folder of your project (the one containing pubspec.yaml) in VS Code and clicking Run > Start Debugging (F5).

Launch DevTools

Once the debug session is active and the application has started, the Dart: Open DevTools command becomes available in the VS Code command palette:

Screenshot showing Open DevTools command

The first time you run this (and subsequently when the DevTools package is updated), you are prompted to activate or upgrade DevTools.

Screenshot showing Active DevTools command

Clicking the Open button uses pub global activate to activate the DevTools package for you. Next, DevTools launches in your browser and automatically connects to your debug session.

Screenshot showing DevTools in a browser

While DevTools is active, you’ll see them in the status bar of VS Code. If you’ve closed the browser tab, you can click the status bar to re-launch your browser, so long as there’s still a suitable Dart/Flutter debugging session available.

Screenshot showing DevTools in the VS Code status bar