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Sometimes it's challenging to track down the cause of unexpected behavior in an app. Because ko makes it simple to make tweaks to your app and immediately rebuild your image, it's possible to iteratively explore various aspects of your app, such as by adding log lines that print variable values.

But to help you solve the problem as fast as possible, ko supports debugging your Go app with delve.

To use this feature, just add the --debug flag to your ko build command. This adjusts how the image is built:

  • It installs delve in the image (in addition to your own app).
  • It sets the image's ENTRYPOINT to a delve exec ... command that runs the Go app in debug-mode, listening on port 40000 for a debugger client.
  • It ensures your compiled Go app includes debug symbols needed to enable debugging.

Note: This feature is geared toward development workflows. It should not be used in production.

How it works

Build the image using the debug feature.

ko build . --debug

Run the container, ensuring that the debug port (40000) is exposed to allow clients to connect to it.

docker run -p 40000:40000 <img>

This sets up your app to be waiting to run the command you've specified. All that's needed now is to connect your debugger client to the running container!