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dump and verify DWARF debug information


llvm-dwarfdump [options] [filename ...]


llvm-dwarfdump parses DWARF sections in object files, archives, and .dSYM bundles and prints their contents in human-readable form. Only the .debug_info section is printed unless one of the section-specific options or --all is specified.

If no input file is specified, a.out is used instead. If - is used as the input file, llvm-dwarfdump reads the input from its standard input stream.


-a, --all

Dump all supported DWARF sections.


Dump DWARF debug information for the specified CPU architecture. Architectures may be specified by name or by number.  This option can be specified multiple times, once for each desired architecture.  All CPU architectures will be printed by default.

-c, --show-children

Show a debug info entry's children when selectively printing with the =<offset> argument of --debug-info, or options such as --find or --name.


Use colors in output.

-f <name>, --find=<name>

Search for the exact text <name> in the accelerator tables and print the matching debug information entries. When there is no accelerator tables or the name of the DIE you are looking for is not found in the accelerator tables, try using the slower but more complete --name option.

-F, --show-form

Show DWARF form types after the DWARF attribute types.

-h, --help

Show help and usage for this command.


Show help and usage for this command without grouping the options into categories.

-i, --ignore-case

Ignore case distinctions when using --name.

-n <name>, --name=<name>

Find and print all debug info entries whose name (DW_AT_name attribute) is <name>.


Look up <address> in the debug information and print out the file, function, block, and line table details.

-o <path>

Redirect output to a file specified by <path>, where - is the standard output stream.

-p, --show-parents

Show a debug info entry's parents when selectively printing with the =<offset> argument of --debug-info, or options such as --find or --name.


When displaying debug info entry parents, only show them to a maximum depth of <N>.


Use with --verify to not emit to STDOUT.

-r <N>, --recurse-depth=<N>

When displaying debug info entries, only show children to a maximum depth of <N>.


Show the sizes of all debug sections, expressed in bytes.


Collect debug info quality metrics and print the results as machine-readable single-line JSON output. The output format is described in the section below (Format of Statistics Output).


Abbreviate the description of type unit entries.

-x, --regex

Treat any <name> strings as regular expressions when searching with --name. If --ignore-case is also specified, the regular expression becomes case-insensitive.

-u, --uuid

Show the UUID for each architecture.


Dump the output in a format that is more friendly for comparing DWARF output from two different files.

-v, --verbose

Display verbose information when dumping. This can help to debug DWARF issues.


Verify the structure of the DWARF information by verifying the compile unit chains, DIE relationships graph, address ranges, and more.


Display the version of the tool.

--debug-abbrev, --debug-addr, --debug-aranges, --debug-cu-index, --debug-frame[=<offset>], --debug-gnu-pubnames, --debug-gnu-pubtypes, --debug-info [=<offset>], --debug-line [=<offset>], --debug-line-str, --debug-loc [=<offset>], --debug-loclists [=<offset>], --debug-macro, --debug-names, --debug-pubnames, --debug-pubtypes, --debug-ranges, --debug-rnglists, --debug-str, --debug-str-offsets, --debug-tu-index, --debug-types [=<offset>], --eh-frame [=<offset>], --gdb-index, --apple-names, --apple-types, --apple-namespaces, --apple-objc

Dump the specified DWARF section by name. Only the .debug_info section is shown by default. Some entries support adding an =<offset> as a way to provide an optional offset of the exact entry to dump within the respective section. When an offset is provided, only the entry at that offset will be dumped, else the entire section will be dumped.


Read command-line options from <FILE>.

Format of Statistics Output

The :--statistics option generates single-line JSON output representing quality metrics of the processed debug info. These metrics are useful to compare changes between two compilers, particularly for judging the effect that a change to the compiler has on the debug info quality.

The output is formatted as key-value pairs. The first pair contains a version number. The following naming scheme is used for the keys:

For aggregated values, the following keys are used:

Exit Status

llvm-dwarfdump returns 0 if the input files were parsed and dumped successfully. Otherwise, it returns 1.

See Also



Maintained by the LLVM Team (https://llvm.org/).


2024-01-25 13 LLVM