Debugging with Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code with its Remote - SSH extension can utilize the environment provided by Vagrant, with support for discovering, running and debugging unit-tests.

This provides an IDE alternative to running btest from vagrant ssh shell.

This assumes you have working environment as described in Bodhi Vagrant Guide

Configure VS Code for Remote SSH

To configure VS Code to access Vagrant Environment you first need to install the Remote - SSH <> extension

Get the ssh configuration for connecting to the vagrant-box:

$ vagrant ssh-config
Host bodhi
  User vagrant
  Port 22
  UserKnownHostsFile /dev/null
  StrictHostKeyChecking no
  PasswordAuthentication no
  IdentityFile ~/work/bodhi/.vagrant/machines/bodhi/libvirt/private_key
  IdentitiesOnly yes
  LogLevel FATAL

If you have only one vagrant-box running, you should be able to just copy the configuration to your ~/.ssh/config and test it:

$ ssh bodhi
Welcome to the Bodhi development environment! Here are some helpful commands:

In Visual Studio Code, press F1 and run the Remote-SSH: Open SSH Host…, you should be prompted for a ssh command, if you have ~/.ssh/config setup, using ssh bodhi should be sufficient. Now you can connect to the vagrant box with VS Code.

Debugging application running in Vagrant

When inside the SSH remote set the debug configuration in launch.json for Pyramid (you should get the pyramid conf as a suggestion):

  "version": "0.2.0",
  "configurations": [
        "name": "Python: Pyramid Application",
        "type": "python",
        "request": "launch",
        "module": "pyramid.scripts.pserve",
        "args": [
        "pyramid": true,
        "jinja": false,

When you want to start application for debugging, you first need to run sudo systemctl stop bodhi in the vagrant’s shell, otherwise the debugger will complain about ports already in use, as it will launch another instance of bodhi inside of the application.

After you stopped the bodhi service, you can run the “Python: Pyramid Application” from the Debug pane (Ctrl+Shift+D) and the application will stop on breakpoints.

Debugging unit-tests

For running unit-tests install Python Test Explorer for Visual Studio Code <> extension Open settings (CTRL+Comma), and in the settings for the SSH Remote, swith to JSON view and make the following configuration changes:

  "python.testing.pytestEnabled": true,
  "python.testing.pytestPath": "py.test-3",
  "pythonTestExplorer.testFramework": "pytest",
  "python.pythonPath": "python3",
        "python.testing.pytestArgs": ["--no-cov"]

Currently coverage reporting and debugging don’t work at the same time, due to a reported issue. Currently suggested workaround is to disable the coverage-reporting with –no-cov parameter. The issue is currently tracked in

After configuring you sould be able to populate the test-explorer with unit-tests and start debugging :-)

Debugging celery

If you want to debug code running in hte celery worker, you first need to stop the celery service and then start celery from inside vs-code, in simmilar fashion as you’d run pserve in previous example.