Debugging inside Jinja templates using pdb/ipdb

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Mar 4, 2024

I'm working on a static reporting tool using the Jinja2 templating engine for Python.

I was trying to figure out a way to enter into the Jinja templating code with the pdb/ipdb commandline debugger.

I tried creating an .ipdbrc file in my local directory with the line:


... but that didn't work.

What worked was to figure out the line that says:

return self.environment.concat(self.root_render_func(ctx))

... inside the the jinja codebase, and put a breakpoint on that (which for me was on line 1299, but might vary depending on version):

break <path-to-python-install>/lib/python3.11/site-packages/jinja2/

Now, when I start my script, I stop at this breakpoint:

Typed 's' to step into that function ... and lo and behold, I'm inside the template page(!):

You can't access variables in the normal way though:

... but with some digging, I found you can do it in another way, by accessing them via vars()['context']['<variable-name-here>']